Ruffner Mtn Crusher Ridge
This is a challenging 21K loop with a double-loop option for a 42K. Consisting of mostly single track trail, the loop will take you to every corner of the park and showcase all three of the rock crushers that give the race its name. Ruffner Mountain is an old mining site in urban Birmingham that has been reclaimed by nature and is now maintained for recreational use. Trails are technical and incorporate 4,500' of elevation change across the single 21K loop. The 5k route will give folks a taste of what the mountain has to offer but with a lot less elevation. Course will be marked with sprinkler flags, survey tape and signage at turns. Runners may switch between the 21k and 42k distances at any time before or during the race by notifying race officials. The Exceptional Foundation is once again providing handmade, one of a kind finisher's awards (21k and 42k)!
This is a 100% charitable race. All proceeds from the 21k and 42k race entry fees will go to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve to help them continue the great work they do. All proceeds from the 5k race entry fees will go to the Exceptional Foundation to help them continue the great work they do. Because this race is for charity, we do not issue refunds. If you cannot make it, consider it a donation to this amazing nature preserve.
Start: 8:00am for 21K/42K, 8:30 a.m. for 5K
Course: 21k loop, 2 loops to make the 42k, 5k lollipop
Race day registration and packet pick up: 6:30am; $5 increase for race day registration (shirts not guaranteed for race day registrants).
Aid Stations: There will be an aid station at the start/finish, at Salvage Rd and at Gray Fox Gap (you go through this aid station twice). Aid stations will have water, Tailwind, gels and other basic ultra aid station fare. NOTE: please bring a handheld or hydration pack. October in Alabama tends to get warm in the afternoon. you will NEED hydration between aid stations.
Food: We will have the grill going at the finish. Please hang out after you finish your race and have a burger, chips, cookies, and a beverage. Vegetarian option will be available. Cahaba Brewing Co is providing beer for the festivities. Families are welcome to eat as well!
New this year for the 42K only: PRIZE MONEY!
First place male/female=$100
Second place male/female=$75
Third place male/female=$50.
And if you break the overall course record from the updated 2015 course, you get an extra $100! Course record is currently 4:41:39
Masters male/female will receive a gift card.
Gift cards for male/female first, second, and third place as well as masters.
Finisher Awards: Medals are made by the exceptional people at the Exceptional Foundation.
Swag: Unisex (no more tiny baby tees for the women!) cotton race shirts and anything else we can dig up.
For the 21/42k course map and turn by turn go here.
BUTS: Birmingham Ultra Trail Society
Local time: 10:42 AM
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