About the Stage Race
The Birmingham Stage Race will be held on three distinctly different mountains, on three consecutive days, in Birmingham, Alabama. The first stage is on Ruffner Mountain, starting at the Nature Preserve. Stage 2 is at Red Mountain Park. Stage 3 is at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham. The three mountains are within a 15 minute drive from the Thursday afternoon Package Pickup location at Mountain High Outfitters Store in Cahaba Village next to Whole Foods on Hwy 280.
The Stage Race will be a total of 58 very demanding miles. Stage 1 and 3 are primarily on single track trails and some of these trails are very technical with a few very steep. Stage two at Red Mountain is a bit more relaxed with gentle trails and no difficult climbs. Some of the trails used at Oak Mountain had never been used in a race until the 2013 stage race.
We have added a Two Day Stage Race on Saturday and Sunday for those that cannot make the Friday Stage. Runners may also enter only one stage but will not be eligible for awards. Single day registration is only available using the printable registration form found on the website, at late registration Thursday afternoon, or, before each stage.
We will have Late Registration and packet pickup at Mountain High Outfitters Store on Hwy 280, adjacent to Whole Foods on Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The store is located at 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza #250, Birmingham, AL 35243. We will have finisher awards for all 3 Day Stage Race finishers. We will have place award for the top three male and female runners in the 3 Day and 2 Day races. We well as have master and grand master awards for the 3 day race.
About the Stages
Stage 1, Friday, September 23 at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The race will begin at 8:00 AM at the Visitor's Center parking lot. The first stage will be 15.5 miles. Please see the website for directions.
Local time: 11:42 AM
Stage 2, Saturday, September 24 at Red Mountain Park. The race will start at 8:00 AM at the Trail head located just off Lyon Lane and Frankfort Dr. The park headquarters are located at 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL. Parking is in the gravel parking lot across for the entrance to the park. This stage will be approximately 16.5 miles.
Stage 3, Sunday, September 25th at Oak Mountain State Park. The race will start at 8:00 AM at the BMX track on Tranquility Road. The final stage will be 24 miles.