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 56 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 any single stage but will not be eligible for awards. Single day registration is available at Ultrasignup. You will need to select the 2 or 3 day race option, then go the "add-on" page and choose the "Single Stage for $45. Click on "Next," and delete the 2 or 3 day Stage Race you selected at the beginning before checking out. Check out and you will only pay for the single stage. You may also use the printable registration form found on the website or register at late registration Thursday afternoon.
Deadline to get a STAGE RACE SHIRT is 9/10
We will be providing race shirts with all Stage Race Registrations received before September 8th. If you want a race shirt you MUST sign up on or before September 10th to be assured of getting one. You will also beat the Late Registration Price Increase. Save on registration and get a shirt to "boot!"
Run a Single Stage
You can select to run only one stage. Yes, if you can't run all three days or two day, then sign up for one single stage. Here is how to do that. Click on "Register" above. You will have to select 2 or 3 day stage. It doesn't matter, you will delete this later. Continue to the "Registration - Questions" page. Select you shirt size and the single stage you wish to run and click on "Next" which will take you to your cart. The top option is the 2 or 3 Day Stage Race. Click the "Delete" button to the left of that option. You cart now only contains the single day you selected. Continue to "Checkout."
Thursday, Sept 21st - 4:30 to 6:00 PM - Race Packet Pickup and Late Registration - Mountain High Outfitters Store on Hwy 280 by Whole Foods. The address is 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza Suite 250, Birmingham, AL 35243
Friday, Sept 22nd - 7:00 to 7:45 AM - Race Packet Pickup and Late Registration - Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 1214, 81st. St South, Birmingham, AL 35206.
Friday - 8:00 AM: Race Start
Saturday, Sept 23rd - 7:00 to 7:45 AM - Race Packet Pickup and Late Registration - Red Mountain Park, 281 Lyon Lane, Birmingham, AL 35211.
Saturday - 8:00 AM: Race start
Sunday, Sept 24th - 7:00 to 7:45 AM - Race Packet Pickup and Late Registration - Oak Mountain State Park, Redbud Pavilion, Tranquility Rd, Pelham, AL 35124.
Saturday - 8:00 AM: Race start
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 17.5 miles. Please see the website for directions.
Local time: 8:32 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 22 miles.