2017 BIG BUTTS, presented by MUTS (MS Ultra and Trail Society), is a trail race with an individual 100k and 50k, and a 2-4 person 100k relay. The start is at the Mississippi College cross country Choctaw Trails pavilion with 7.75 mile loops on both the cross country trails and Butts Park single track trails. There is plenty of room around the start to set up your own aid, tents, coolers, chairs, etc. The course itself is not technical and has a few small hills, but the MS heat and humidity of late July make this race a BIG challenge. Only a few people over the years have completed the 100K.
* no race day registration
** packet pick up is Friday night 5-7 at Whole Foods Jackson and race morning from 5:30-6:15
*** register by 7/21 to get a t-shirt
Time: 6:30am--8:30pm--14 hour time limit for all 3 races
Aid Stations: S/F aid station and one aid station on the course with water, Tailwind sports drink, and food. http://www.tailwindnutrition.com/
Entry fee: $40 for each individual race with a price increase to $50 on July 1st, and $30/person for relay members with an increase to $40 on July 1st. MUTS members get a $5 discount at checkout.
Relay: 2, 3, or 4 person relay, alternate laps however you choose. If you are the first member of your team, choose a name. Each additional member will be prompted to select that team name at registration.
Weather: The race will only be run on the cross country trails if there is a lot of rain prior to the race because Butts Park is also a mountain biking trail. The race will be suspended for thunder and lightning.
Awards: top male and females in each individual race and 1st relay team members will receive a custom award. Race hoodies will be awarded to anyone who finishes the 100k. And $100 if a 100k racer can beat the fastest time! 10:49
Proceeds from the race will go to CARA, Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, a no-kill shelter located in Jackson who care for an average of 300 dogs and 120 cats daily. www.carams.org
Directions to the start
DIRECTIONS TO CHOCTAW TRAILS: Exit #36 Springridge Rd off of I-20 in Clinton. Go south on Springridge Rd for 1.5 miles, and then take a left on McRaven Rd at the light. Go approximately 1.5 miles and the entrance to Choctaw Trails in on the left. HOTELS IN CLINTON: There are several hotels within in a few miles from the park. The Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are on Springridge Road approximately 3 miles from the entrance to Mississippi College Choctaw Trails.
Mississippi Ultra and Trail Society's mission is to promote, support, and grow trail and ultra running in and around the state of MS. Special thanks to John Brower for directing this race for the last 6 years. www.mutsrunning.org.
Local time: 7:12 AM