YOU MUST CARRY WATER
NEW RULE FOR 2020:
Runners MUST start the race with 20oz of water. You must refill water bottles at the North Trailhead water-only aid station. IF YOU START THE RACE WITH LESS THAN 20oz YOU WILL RUN OUT! Bring a hydration belt, pack or handheld bottles. In 2019 the times required to finish the first lap ranged from two hours for the fastest runners to over 6 hours. Most runners will need 2 to 4 hours just to reach the aid station at Billy Goat Gruff Bridge.
**** YOU MUST BE CARRYING AT LEAST 20oz OF WATER OR TAILWIND OR SIMILAR AT THE START OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN R2BR! ****
Ridge to Blazing Ridge is a Blood Rock Preview Run
If you ran Hotter 'N Hell you got a little "taste" of the Blood Rock Course. Ridge to Blazing Ridge will give you the "First Course" of all the Blood Rock races. Enjoy miles of backcountry trails very few people ever see. You will run through the old rock quarry, climb through several cliff bands and run to Kings Chair, all on backcountry trails.
Join us for a preview run of the R2BR course in early August. Date and time to come. We will start at Redbud Pavilion by the BMX track. The run is hosted by Resolute Running and will be lead by Lisa Booher. Everyone is welcome and it free. No one will be left behind and we regroup every mile or so. Watch the R2BR FB page for information.
About the Ridge to Blazing Ridge Race
In 2019, We had 81 Runners Registered for the 21 Mile Race. 37 Finished. In view of this and how hot it will likely be on race day, we are making the course a little less difficult. We will include the backcountry trail known as the "Far-End Back Trail." This trail starts just off the Blue Trail at the Post #1, runs through the old quarry and climbs back to Kings Chair. There runners will return to the Blue Trail and follow "inbound" trails for the remainder of the race.
Race 5 of the Southeastern Trail Series, Ridge to Blazing Ridge, will start at the Redbud Pavilion next to the BMX Track. The race will start at 7:00 AM.
Find details on the course on the Southeastern Trail Runs website.
This race is considerably harder than the previous two races and it will probably be very hot. Runners MUST carry water at all times during the race. NO EXCEPTIONS!! For best results, I suggest drinking Tailwind in the place of water. We supply Tailwind at both aid station along with plenty of water.
Don't forget, the park charges $5 per person to enter Oak Mtn State Park. Credit cards are NOT accepted.
All Runners registering by Aug 10th Will Receive Race Shirts
Register for Ridge to Blazing Ridge no later than August 10th and be assured of receiving a race shirt with your entry. Sing up early, get a R2BR Shirt and avoid the late registration price increase.
2020 Weekend Schedule
Friday, August 21st - 4:30 to 6:00 PM: Late Registration and Packet Pickup will be at Mountain High Outfitters store at the Summit. The address is 310 Summit Blvd, #110, Birmingham, AL 35243. The store is located north of Summit Blvd. adjacent to Urban Outfitters.
Local time: 12:20 AM
Saturday, August 22nd - 6:00 to 6:50 AM: Late Registration and Packet Pickup at the Redbud Pavilion by the BMX Track on Tranquility Road, Oak Mountain State Park. Oak Mountain State Park charges $5 per person to enter the park. Please try to have exact change. Credit cards are not accepted.
Saturday, August 22nd - 7:00 AM: Both races will start at 7:00 AM.