Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS) and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve are teaming up to host the Darter Dash 5K on Sunday November 1. Due to COVID-19, things will be a little different this year. We will only hold the 5k rather the typical 5k/10k distances. If you've run this race in the past, the course will be a bit different (maps coming soon!!) in order to streamline the race and keep participants more distanced.
This race is an enjoyable run through the trails at one of Birmingham's great outdoor treasures. These trails include some moderate elevation and you'll run along some delightful stretches beside Turkey Creek. Note that a short portion of the race will be on pavement. The Preserve protects a stretch of the creek that is the only place in the world where the Vermilion Darter, as well as other Darter species, live. It is truly a unique and beautiful place. All proceeds go to fund educational programs at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
Race Day & Social Distancing Details
Packet Pickup: You can pick up your bib on the morning of November 1 just before you begin your race. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION THIS YEAR. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your starting window. Everyone MUST wear a mask at packet pickup, but masks are not required during the race.
Local time: 4:22 AM
Race Start Times: There will be a staggered/flexible start this year in order to maintain responsible social distancing. We will be breaking up participants into 6 groups based on the first letter of participants' last name, according to the schedule outlined below:
A - E: Start time 7:30 - 7:45am
F - J: Start time 7:45 - 8:00am
K - N: Start time 8:00 - 8:15am
O - R: Start time 8:15 - 8:30am
S - V: Start time 8:30 - 8:45am
W - Z: Start time 8:45 - 9:00am
So, for example, if your last name is Johnson, your would arrive at the start to pick up your bib no later than 7:30 and you will begin your race sometime between 7:45 and 8:00am. All participants will receive an email reviewing this information in more detail.
Race Swag: All runners will receive a super fashionable Buff, which will be useful for runners and in today's COVID situation.
Hydration and Fuel: Please bring your own hydration for during the race. We will provide bottled water, bananas and packaged granola bars after the race for all participants.