2013 Lake Martin Ultra Trail Race: Registration Is Open March 1st: Entry fees will increase by $10.00 so sign up early Friday , March 22nd: Package Pickup will be Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. at the Stables. When you pick up your packet you will be required to sign a release form for Russell Land's. Saturday, March 23rd: Race packets may also be picked up Saturday Morning from 5:30AM until 6:15AM at the start/finish near the Stables. If you do not arrive before 6:15 AM to pick up your packet you will not be able to get it until after the start. Your start will be delayed at least 15 minutes so please arrive early.
The race will start promptly at 6:30 AM. (Sunrise - 6:45 AM - Sunset - 6:59 PM) If you expect to take more than 11 hours to run the race you should have a flashlight with you or have one in a dropbag.
Race course will close at 9:00 PM. (14.5 hour time limit) There will be mandatory cutoffs in place at the start finish area before starting the second lap. The times will be established later.
The Lake Martin 50 Mile Race will be a great "first long ultra" race. By long ultra I mean anything longer that a 50K. Anyone that can run a marathon can handle a 50K. When you move up to longer events, it becomes a whole new ball game. Instead of being on the road for 3 or 4 or even 5 hours, the average ultrarunner will need 10 or 12 and possibly 14 hours to finish 50 miles. Things like hydration, fueling, blisters, night running, etc suddenly become big issues. One of the most difficult things to figure out is what to put in each dropbag because you really don't know how to figure when you will arrive at a particular aid station.
The 50 mile race will consist of two 25 mile loops. Each loop will have four aid station stops ranging from 4 to 7 miles apart, but there are only two aid station. That is, each loop, runners will return to the two aid station, twice. We will accept larger than usual dropbags (even plastic tubs) so it is not necessary to guess where you will need flashlight or extra socks. They will never be more than a few miles away. We have also designed the course so that there are no repeated trails.
The course will consist entirely of single track trails and gravel trails/roads. Most of these gravel trails do not allow automobile traffic at all. The only place you will set foot on pavement is at two "cabin road" crossings and the road into the two restaurants, the food store and the Stable at Russell Crossroads, the start/finish area. (Most runners will never see a vehicles on the course other than those parked at trail heads.)
Camping: Camping is available at Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin 8.5 miles from the start. Map Link
Dining at the Race Site: There are two restaurants just a few hundred yards from the start/finish area. The SpringHouse Restaurant is very nice restaurant with superb food and atmosphere. It is also pricey but worth it. A little closer the the entrance of Russell Crossroads is Catherine's Market and Restaurant. This is a combination food market and restaurant. They serve great breakfasts, lunches and pastries. Catherine's is casual and prices are reasonable.