In the Heat of the Night 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 is 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.
The 10K 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.
The 25K is a one loop course. Total elevation gain is 1980ish feet. Cut off: 6 hours.
The 50K is a two-loop course, fun times. Total elevation gain is 3950ish feet. Cut off: 10 hours.
The 100K is the funnest of times – 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)
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.
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.
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.
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. A percentage of race registration will go to the Alabama Pinhoti Trail Association. This is a non-profit organization who rely on volunteers and donations to maintain the trail we love so much.