This is a loop course on the Talladega Forest roads surrounded by forest and the Pinhoti Trail. The race starts at the infamous or not so infamous “Frog Pond Overlook” which is an overlook for you guessed it…no not frogs, BIRDS. The course is comprised of maintained dirt and gravel forest roads the entire loop.
This was Alabama’s first 100k trail race. So, what’s better than being the first 100k trail race? A NIGHT 100k trail race! Grab your headlamp (or Kogalla), reflective gear and get ready to run from sunset to sunrise.
All race distances start at 6:00PM on Saturday, August 10, 2024. The direction of the course will change each year. EVEN years, the course will run COUNTER CLOCKWISE. ODD years, the course will run CLOCKWISE. .
Start/Finish coordinates: GPS: 33.714045 -85.6643037
This is the only distance not running the loop. You will run up what seems like a grueling 3.1 miles, turn around and come back down to the start/finish. Total elevation gain is 596 feet.
Cut off: 4 hours.
This is a one loop course. Total elevation gain is 1980ish feet. Cut off: 6 hours.
Fun times, this is a two-loop course. Total elevation gain is 3950ish feet. Cut off: 10 hours.
The funnest of times….this is a four loop course. Total elevation gain is 7920ish feet. Cut off: 18 hours.
-"I was dead and buried at least three times" -F.Williams (Finisher 2022)
Run the 100k in consecutive years (counter clockwise and clockwise) and earn the Double Down coin and bragging rights.
There will be four aid stations and the start/finish. Aid station 1 will be self-serve, cupless, water only and you will hit it twice. Aid station 2 and 3 will be fully stocked and offer vegan options. This event is Cupless!
Perks, Awards, and Finish
Each registrant will get a cool t-shirt (Register by July 24th for guaranteed shirt) and a finisher medal if you complete the distance you signed up for. Awards for top three females and males of each distance will be awarded. You will only be awarded and eligible for the distance you sign up for.
100k runners who run the 100k in consecutive years (counter clockwise and clockwise) will earn the Double Down when they finish the second year.
Finish line will have music, food, beverages. Hang out to watch the sunrise or cheer the 100k runners to the finish with a mimosa. Let’s party like the Ultra rock stars you are first thing in the morning.
Packet pick up will be held on race day at the start from 3:45pm-5:45pm.
I totally get that work gets in the way and injuries happen but there are No refunds, deferrals or transfers. Money is spent on permits, insurance and swag well before the race. In the event of a forest fire or natural disaster, registration will be deferred to the next year.
In the event that you need or want to change distances BEFORE race day, you can only do this if the distance you want is not sold out. Once a distance is sold out, then you can only be added if someone cancels their registration and there isn't someone on the waitlist.
There will be there preview runs before the race, usually one in June and two in July. Dates will be posted on the In the Heat of the Night Facebook page and on our website: www.dirtysolestrailraces.com
The Alabama Pinhoti Trail is a Southern Appalachian Mountains long-distance trail, 335 miles in length. We race, hike and enjoy the beauty of these trails thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the Us Forestry. A percentage of race registration will go to the Talladega National Forest.
Event's current local time: 4:36 AM CT