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Mountain High Outfitters Stage Race - Day 3 - Oak Mountain State Park...

EVENTS
  • Mountain High Outfitters Stage Race - Stage 3 - Oak Mountain:- 21 Miles
RACE DATE
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Start Time
8:00 AM
REGISTRATION WEBSITE
Entry Fee
$90 for 3 stages, $75 for 2 stages & $35 for a single stage
Location
200 Terrace Dr [ Dogwood Pavilion]
Address
Pelham
CITY
AL
STATE/TERR
Alabama
Zip
35124
COUNTRY
USA
Description
e inaugural Mountain High Outfitters - Birmingham Stage race will be held on three mountains, in three parks, in Birmingham. The first stage will be at Ruffner Mountain Park, the second stage at Red Mountain Park, and the Final Stage at Oak Mountain State Park.  The three mountains are within 9 miles, 15 miles and 10 miles of the Thursday afternoon Package Pickup on Highway 280 at Mountain High Outfitters located in Cahaba Village, next  to Whole Foods.  (2800 Cahaba Village Plaza Suite 250, Birmingham, AL 35243.)
The Stage Race will be held over three consecutive days and will equal 50 total miles. The race will be very demanding.  All three stages will be primarily on single track trails and some of these trails are very technical.  Although none of the mountains are over 600 feet above the surrounding terrain, Ruffner and Oak Mountain will have some tough climbs and descents.  This race will not be a "walk in the park."  Some of the trails we will use at Oak Mountain have never been used in a race.
Ruffner Mountain and Red Mountain were both critical to the steel industry in Birmingham.  Iron ore mines were opened on both mountains in the 1860s and continued in operation for almost 100 years.  With iron ore, coal and limestone all available in the immediate area, Birmingham soon became one of the primary producers of Iron and Steel in the US.  The trails we will be running at Red Mountain pass close by several of the old mine portals.  Ruffner Mountain Park and Red Mountain park are private parks and operated through a coalition of groups and organizations.  Please stay on the trails at all times during the race.  Take care of the parks so we will be welcomed back again next year.
Course Info
Stage 3 -  Oak Mountain State Park - This stage will be the longest and hardest of the three stages.  Double Oak Mountain is almost 600 feet tall and, like Ruffner, is a very rugged mountain.  There are several steep climbs and depending on the weather, there may also be several creek crossings.  The race will be divided into two segments.  The first part will circle the northeast end of the park before returning to he Start/Finish area.  Runners will then head southwest to the other end of Double Oak Mountain before returning to the finish.
Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park with 10,000 acres and over 50 miles of trails.  The park also has several beautiful lakes, canoe and boat rental, horseback riding and a petting farm.  There is also The Alabama Wildlife Center.  It is Alabamas oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility and annually receives almost 1,800 birds from over 100 different species.  Adjacent to the nature center is the "Treetop Nature Trail, an elevated boardwalk with 6 cages that offers an educational experience. You can come see Birds of Prey up close and personal. Each bird that is housed on the Treetop Nature Trail is un-releasable back into their natural habitat due to some injury that did not heal properly and they would unable to survive on their own."  The park also has a large campground and cabins available for rent.
Directions

http://www.alapark.com/oakmountain/Directions/

Oak Mountain State Park is located 15 miles south of Birmingham off Exit 246 on Interstate 65.

Coming from the North: On I-65, take Cahaba Valley Road (AL-119) exit (246). Turn right to go South on AL-119 and immediately turn left on to State Park Road. Go approximately 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Turn left at the 4 way into the park.

Coming from the South: On I-65, take Cahaba Valley Road (AL-119) exit (246). Turn left to go South on AL-119 and immediately turn left on to State Park Road. Go approximately 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Turn left at the 4 way into the park.

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