Race Across Alabama Details

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AL01 – Border to Border (7 marathons)

The University of Alabama is home of the “Crimson Tide” football program which ranks as one of 10 winningest programs in US history.

The University of Alabama is home of the “Crimson Tide” football program which ranks as one of 10 winningest programs in US history.

The first major city along the route in Alabama is Tuscaloosa, home of the “Crimson Tide” football program at the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, located on the Black Warrior River, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama. Founded in 1819, the city was named after Tuskaloosa, the chieftain of a Muskogean-speaking people. This fine city was named “The Most Liveable City in America” in 2011 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. After, departing Tuscaloosa, we will skirt the suburbs of Birmingham along Highway 11, also known as Bear Creek Rd. During this event, runners will have the opportunity of visiting local schools near the route, telling students about the journey and also inviting them to join the 100 Mile Club®.

We will be following the Chief Ladiga Trail for the final 33 miles of our tour.

We will be following the Chief Ladiga Trail for the final 33 miles of our tour.

From Birmingham, the surrounding area will take a more rural feel. We will make our way through the communities of Lincoln, Oxford, Anniston before entering the Chief Ladiga Trail for the final 33 miles of our tour. The Chief Ladiga Trail is named for the Creek Indian chief who signed the treaty in 1832 that released most of northeast Alabama to the white settlers. Here, we will find several bridges and both new and restored railroad trestles. The trail travels through wetlands, across streams, through forests and farmlands, and includes beautiful views of the Talladega Mountains.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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