2020 BIG BUTTS, presented by MUTS (MS Ultra and Trail Society), is a trail race with an individual 100k and 50k, and a 2-4 person 100k relay. The start is at the Mississippi College cross country Choctaw Trails pavilion with 7.75 mile loops on both the cross country trails and Butts Park single track trails. There is plenty of room around the start to set up your own aid, tents, coolers, chairs, etc. The course itself is not technical and has a few small hills, but the MS heat and humidity of late July make this race a BIG challenge. Only a few people over the years have completed the 100K.
Packet pickup will be held on Friday, July 17th from 4-6 at Buffalo Peak Outfitters. Shop and buy your last minute supplies in the store. 4500 I 55 North Frontage Suite 115, Jackson 39211. Pickup is also available at the start Saturday morning from 5:45-6:45.
TIME: 7am--9pm--14 hour time limit for all 3 races
AID STATIONS: There are three aid stations. The S/F aid station and one on the course with water, Tailwind sports drink, and food. There will be one additional on course aid station with water only.
Registration: MUTS races do not offer refunds, transfers, or deferrals, consider it a donation. $40 for the 50K and the relay, $50 for the 100k with a $10 increase after 6/19. MUTS members get a $5 discount at checkout.
COURSE: 7.75 mile loops on mostly single track trails. The majority of the course is in the shade with approximately 170’ of elevation gain per loop.
RELAY: 2, 3, or 4 person relay, alternate laps however you choose. If you are the first member of your team, choose a name. Each additional member will be prompted to select that team name at registration. You may only register as s relay or an individual runner but not both.
AWARDS: There are no finisher medals for this race but other unique swag. Top 3 males and females in each individual race and 1st relay team members will receive a custom award. And $100 if a 100k racer can beat the fastest time of 10:49!!
CHANGING RACES: You may change distances after the race begins, but you will not be eligible for an award. If you drop from the race please inform race officials before leaving. Please notify race timers if you decide to change distances.
Directions to the start
DIRECTIONS TO CHOCTAW TRAILS: Exit #36 Springridge Rd off of I-20 in Clinton. Go south on Springridge Rd for 1.5 miles, and then take a left on McRaven Rd at the light. Go approximately 1.5 miles and the entrance to Choctaw Trails in on the left. (GPS coordinates to entrance: 32°17'56.2"N 90°17'55.9"W or 32.298949, -90.298873) HOTELS IN CLINTON: There are several hotels within in a few miles from the park. The Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are on Springridge Road approximately 3 miles from the entrance to Mississippi College Choctaw Trails. CAMPING: camping is not allowed over night. The closest campground is Lefleur’s Bluff State Park.
MUTS for mutts
Each year we choose an animal rescue charity which you help support by running Big Butt's. Last year the proceeds from the race went to Coco's Lighthouse which is an animal rescue league located in Pascagoula, MS. They assist in rescuing dogs from shelters and placing them safely in foster homes and finally into their forever homes. We are in the process of choosing this years charity and will update you shortly.
Mississippi Ultra and Trail Society's mission is to promote, support, and grow trail and ultra running in and around the state of MS. Go to mutsrunning.org for more information on how you can become a member and support our cause. MUTS is a nonprofit created for the purpose of giving back to the community in time, resources, and service.
Local time: 7:15 AM