March 18 and 19,  2017
100 & 50 Mile Endurance Trail Races and the 27 Mile Fun Run 

Registration Is OPEN
The Lake Martin 100 was designed from the ground up to be the perfect step-up from a 50K to a 50 mile or from a 50 mile to your first 100 mile trial race. Our goal is your success. We promise to do everything in our power to help you accomplish your ultra goal, whether that goal is to run your first ultra, the 27 Mile Fun Run, or to break 21 hours in the 100. We also pledge to make your race experience Fun! The race will be hard. All those beautiful hills become steeper and longer with each successive lap. Those gentle carriage paths become very long about mile 80. But if you have put in enough training miles, we will encourage you, push you, help you, and even yell at you if necessary, to get you to the end. We might even let you rest occasionally. If you are ready, you can do it. 

For experienced 100 mile runners the lake Martin 100 is no “Walk in the Park.” My Garmin 910 GPS watch shows almost 14,000 feet of elevation gain. Probably the true elevation gain is more like 13,000 but regardless, the course is very hilly. There are virtually no sections that could be called flat. There are also no big climbs and no technical sections at all. Almost all of the hills range from 50 to 100 feet of elevation gain but those small hills are relentless. For those of you that alternate walking and running, you will not need to time the cycles. The hills will tell you where to walk and where to run. For 2016 we are raising the cutoff from 30 hours to 32 hours. 

Start and Finish at the Cabin, Located in Russell Crossroads. This is also the location of the Cabin Aid Station:
Russell Crossroads, 288 Stables Loop, Alexander City, AL 35010
We will be serving a hot, fresh, breakfast with a grits bar, sausage, ham, eggs, cheese, waffles and more for 100 runners, family members and crew starting as the first runners finish. The grits bar will last until the final runner crosses the finish line. Joint us March 18 & 19 for a great ultra experience.

Sunset on Lake Martin
Registration at Ultrasignup: Registration Opens August 1st 

February 1, 2017: Entry fees will increase so sign up early.
March 1, 2017: Final Entry fees increase.

Getting to the Lake Martin 100 start at the Cabin at Russell Crossroads:
The Lake Martin in run on the Private Lands of the Russell Forest Trail System at Starts at Russell Crossroads, 10 miles south of Alexander City, Alabama, in east-central Alabama. The closet airport is in Montgomery, Alabama, 49 miles southwest of Lake Martin. Birmingham's Shuttlesworth Airport is 89 miles to the northwest. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport is 137 miles east northeast.

Friday, March 17th - 2:00 PM. to 5:00: PM Package Pickup for all races will be Friday afternoon at the Lodge at Cocktail Slough. There will also be late registration for the 50 mile and 27 mile races if they are not sold out. When you pick up your packet you will be required to sign a release form for Russell Land's. We will accept drop bags for 50 and 100 mile races only, for the Heaven Hill Aid Station, Friday from 2:00 until 5:00 PM during package pickup. Be sure your bags are properly labeled with Name, Bib # and Aid Station. Drop bags for the Cabin Aid Station should be taken to the start Saturday morning. Be sure to place dropbags in the designated location. 

 Here is map from Alexander City to Russell Crossroads, location of the Cabin at Russell Crossroads. We will not accept dropbags for the 27 mile race but you may leave a bag at the cabin. 
GPS Coordinates for The Cabin at Russell Crossroads: Lat 32.763928, Lon -85.945330
​Maps to The Lodge at Cocktail Slough from the Cabin at Russell Crossroads: The Cabin to the Lodge.
​Google Maps map to Lodge:  Map to the Lodge at Cocktail Slough from Alexander City. It is called "Liberty Lodge" on Goggle Maps

Friday, March 17th - 5:30 PM: Following package pickup we will have a Pre-Race Briefing for ALL 100 MILE RUNNERS at the Lodge at Cocktail Slough. It is not mandatory but we highly recommend being there if at all possible.  We will cover such things as trail marking, course conditions, any last minute changes, etc. and answer any questions. The meeting is NOT mandatory for the 50 and 27 mile runners but everyone is welcome and we strongly urge all runners to attend. We have not yet decided if we will offer dinner at the meeting. The meal last year was expensive and I think you can get a better deal and certainly better selection if you buy your own dinner. There are three restaurants on Russell Lands, Catherine's and SpringHouse at Russell Crossroads and Kowaliga Restaurant just across the Kowaliga Bridge three miles south of Russell Crossroads.
Limited lodging is also available at the Lodge.

Saturday, March 18th - No race day registration:  Race packets for the 100, 50 and 27 mile races may be picked up Saturday Morning from 5:30 AM until 6:25 AM at the Cabin Start area. If you arrive later than 6:25 AM you may not be able to get your race packet until after the race start. Your start may be delayed as much as 15 minutes so please arrive early. 100 mile and 50 mile runners may bring drop bags to the start Saturday Morning but if you wish to send a drop bag to Heaven Hill aid station please have it there by 6:15 AM. 27 mile runners may only have a dropbag at the start.
Map to Russell Crossroads and the start location at The Cabin. 

The 100, 50 and 27 mile races will start promptly at 6:45 AM (Sunrise - 6:49 AM - Sunset - 6:54 PM) If you expect to take more than 11 hours to run the 50 you should have a flashlight or headlamp with you or have one in your dropbag at the Cabin.

Saturday, March 18 - 10:30 PM:  50 Mile and 27 mile races will end. (16 hour cutoff) Starting about 12:30 AM Sunday morning, a hot breakfast will be available at the Stables for runners as they finish the 100.

Sunday, March 19 - Race course will close at 2:30 PM. Sunday, March 20th. (32 hour time limit) There will be mandatory cutoffs in place at the start finish area at the start of the third and fourth laps of the 100. The cutoff will be very generous. Awards will be presented as runners finish.

For information on how to run the Lake Martin 100, 50 or 27 follow this link.

Lodging in or near Alexander City: 
Lake Martin 100 Details & Weekend Schedule
Other Lodging