3rd Annual Orange Beach Ultra 50k. This is a fat ass event -- There will be no awards, shirts, aid station, or bib numbers. Please bring your own food, supplies, and gear. There's a pavilion located at the start/finish line, and you will have access to your belongings every loop. Your $5 entry fee goes to pay for the insurance, and the entry limit is 25. Donations are accepted, and will be given to the state park. The course is paved asphalt with a couple of wooden bridge crossings; a loop course, each loop is 3.25 miles (9 loops = 29.25 miles total), the 10th and final loop will be an out-and-back portion to complete the addition 1.85 miles needed for 31.1 miles (50k). The trails are open to the public, so please be mindful of other walkers/runners, bicyclist, bird watchers, snakes, alligators, etc.
Address and Directions
4385 William Silvers Pkwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561.
GPS Coordinates 30.28143696585337, -87.61324274550788.
From East: Take FL-292 W (crossing into Alabama), Continue onto AL-182 W/Perdido Beach Blvd, Slight right toward AL-161 N/Alabama's Coastal Connection/Orange Beach Blvd, Turn left onto Alabama's Coastal Connection/Canal Rd, Turn left onto William Silvers Pkwy (proceed approximately 1/2 mile), once you reach the entrance of the park, make a slight left into the parking lot, and drive all the way to the back where you will see the entrance to the running trail and the big Backcountry Trail sign as pictured in the banner photo on the UltraSignUp.com registration page.
Donations are accepted, but not required. If you would like to make a donation, please do not put any money or checks in the dropbox along the course, instead please make checks out to the Backcountry Trail Foundation, and mail to:
Care of the Backcountry Trail
P.O. Box 2432
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Start Time and Cutoff
The park is only open from sunrise to sunset. On Saturday, March 3, 2018 sunrise is at 6:13 a.m. therefore, the race will start promptly at 6:15 a.m. (CST). Sunset is at 7:18 p.m. so you must finish by 7:15 p.m. (CST) to make it in the 13 hour time cutoff. Running a 50k (31.1 miles) in 13 hours requires you to average at least a 25:06 min/mile pace.
Local time: 12:39 AM