Ruffner Mtn Crusher Ridge
This is a challenging 21K loop with a double-loop option for a 42K. Consisting of approximately 10 miles of single track trail, 2.5 miles of rolling jeep road and less than a mile of pavement. Trails are technical and incorporate 4,500' of elevation change across the single 21K loop. The 5k route that will give folks a taste of what the mountain has to offer. Ruffner Mountain is an old mining site in urban Birmingham that has been reclaimed by nature and is now maintained for recreational use. Even though it's surrounded by neighborhoods, it's large enough to make you feel you're in the middle of a national park, without the chance of getting too lost. Course will be marked with sprinkler flags, survey tape and signage at turns. Runners may switch between the 21k an 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)!
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, Gatorade, 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. Families are welcome to eat as well!
Finisher Awards: Medals are made by the exceptional people at the Exceptional Foundation (www.exceptionalfoundation.com).
Swag: Cotton race shirts and anything else we can dig up.
Local time: 4:17 AM