Special awards will be given to the top three men and women in all three races, as well first place master, and grand master.

Weekend Schedule - March 17 through March 19, 2017

Friday - March 17:

Saturday - March 18: 

Sunday - March 19: 

The race starts at "The Cabin" at Russell Crossroads on the Russell Forest Trail System, 10 miles south of Alexander City, Alabama and 3 miles north of the Kowaliga Bridge over Lake Martin on Hwy 63. The address is:
   Russell Crossroads
   17 Russell Farms Road
   Alexander City, AL 35010
GPS Coordinates:  Lat 32.763912 and Lon -85.945353

The Pre-race Meeting and meal is at "The Lodge on Cocktail Slough"
    571 Bards Lane,  Alexander City, AL 35010   
GPS Coordinates are:  Lat 32.740115 and Lon 85.932515

Area Airports:
The closest airport is Montgomery, Alabama, 49 miles southwest of the lake.  Lake Martin 100 from Montgomery.  Russell Crossroads is 146 miles southwest of Atlanta on I85. Lake Martin 100 from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.  It is very easy to reach Russell Crossroads from Birmingham International Airport, 88 miles north of the lake. LM 100 from Birmingham. If you are arriving in your own plane, there is an air port on Russell Lands at Willow Point.

Lodging & Camping:
  The Lodge at Cocktail Slough:


 Rentals on the Lake:


A word about our Aid Stations: We take great pride in our aid stations and the food we serve to runners. During the first hours of the LM100 aid station fare will consist of the usual, bananas, oranges, chips, cookies, pickles, candy, PBJ sandwiches, cokes and sprite, Hammer Gels and Tailwind. About noon, we will add more "real food." Later in the afternoon we will heat up the stove and grill and make hot veggie and chicken soup, cheese and turkey roll-ups, chicken quesadillas, Santa Fe Soup at Cabin AS only, grilled cheese sandwiches and other surprises.  At the Cabin Aid Station, about midnight, we will open the Grits Bar. "If you are running in the South, you have to eat "Grits!" The grits bar will consist of grits and a variety of toppings including, cheese, ham and bacon. We will also be serving hot waffles and syrup.  The Grits Bar is available to Runners who are still running and to runners as they finish. The family and crew of runners who have finished are welcome to enjoy the grits bar too. And we keep our food hot and fresh all afternoon and all night.

Aid Stations and Crew Access:
The 100 mile race has 16 aid station stops, the 50 mile has 8 aid station stops and the 27 has 4. As mentioned above, All aid stations allow dropbag and all will have a full range of food and supplies. Besides the usual ultra aid station fare you may find soup, sandwiches, roll-ups, BBQ sandwiches grilled cheese sandwiches and lots of other surprises. Starting as the first runners are finishing, the Cabin Aid Station will open a hot grits bar with ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese and waffles. This is available to runners and finishers.  But the grits bar is not just for runners. Crew members and family are welcome to join their runner at the grits bar as they finish the race.

Crew access is the allowed at both Aid Stations. Cabin Aid Station at the start/finish and Heaven Hill. However, Cars are not allowed at Heaven Hill Aid Station. Crew must park at Adamson Road Trail Head and walk about 300 yards from the aid station.  There are three trailheads along the course, all of which have crew access and all are less than a 5 miles drive from the start.  Please see the course map. More information is available on the Lake Martin website.

Here is a link to the Aid Station Distance and Pace Chart Aid Station Distance and Pace Chart
Please note:  The first aid station is over 7 miles from the start.  It is going to take some runners a long time to get there.  You must carry water with you at all times on the course.  You should also carry more water than you think you will need. You will use it!!

Detailed Race Information:
Russell Forest Trail Map or View the course on a Terrain Map

Elevation Profile each 25 mile loop of the 100 Mile Course - There are 37 hill per Lap. That's 148 hills in the 100!

The profile looks a lot like a saw blade and it is challenging, but there are only 8 hills per 25 mile lap with over 100 feet of elevation gain and the tallest one is about 200 ft. Most are between 50 and 75 feet.  You will be running up or down hills all the time.  There are only a few spots that can actually be considered steep, that is, unless you live in Houston or New Orleans or St Louis, then they all will be huge. The advantage is, you walk up and run down.  There is no need to time run/walk cycles.  The course does have almost 14,000 feet of elevation gain and loss so do some hill training.  Click here to see the entire 100 mile course profile.

Pacers are allowed for all runners in the 100 mile race after mile 50. Pacers must start from and end pacing duties at the Cabin Aid Station.  Pacers must check-in at the Cabin before they start pacing. Pacers must also check-in and out at aid stations while on the course.  Check out with the aid station crew when you stop pacing.  Pacers may run in front of their runner and actually "pace" them. Muleing is not allowed. That is, pacers may NOT carry any supplies for the runner.

Race Rules 
Failure to follow the rules by Runners, Pacers or Crew Members is grounds for disqualification from the race.
​1. No Trash!  The Russell family is kind enough to provide this amazing trail system and allow us to hold our race on their land.
    Please throw nothing down on the ground.  There will be trash containers at all aid stations.  Use them.
2. Pets must be on leashes at all times while on the Russell Lands and Trail System.
3. Runners must stay on trails at all times. Do not cut any corners unless following blue flags.
4. Be nice to Aid Station workers and volunteers. They are putting in very long hours to be there to help you finish.
5. You will encounter hikers and possibly horses on the trails. Please be courteous to everyone.

Medical Checklist: We are not using a medical check-list this year. At check-in, we will ask if you have any conditions or medical problems we should know about.

​Russell Lands
Dining at Russell Crossroads:
SpringHouse - Outstanding!! There is no other way to describe this restaurant.  Make time to dine at SpringHouse but make reservations at least a week ahead, even for a weekday lunch.  It is a little pricey!

Catherine's Market - Great Sandwiches, Great Sandwiches, Great Breakfasts and Lunches at the deli plus a gourmet market. 

Russell Neighborhoods - Russell Lands is a real estate development company with some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods on Lake Marin.  Check out "The Ridge" just down the road from the Lodge, location of the pre-race meeting.  Russell Cabins are tucked away, along some of the secluded areas along the Lake Martin 100 race route. Willow Point is the location of Willow Point Country Club and more beautiful, older homes.  And while at Willow Point take a look at the Glynmere Condos.  Virtually all Russell Lots and homes are water front.  Take a few minutes to check them out.

The Lake Martin 100 Website - More information: 

Look for our ad in Ultrarunning Magazine
3:00 PM until 5:00 PM:  Packet Pickup, Drop Bag Drop-off (Heaven Hill only) and Lodge Check-in at "The Lodge" 
5:30 PM: Pre-race Meal catered by Katherine's Market at Russell Crossroads - It's GOOD! (We will have the price soon)
    We will only accept dropbags for Heaven Hill Aid Station at the Lodge Friday Night.  Bring you Cabin Aid Station Drop                 Bags to the start.
6:00 PM: Mandatory* pre-race meeting at the Lodge for all 100 mile runners. We encourage all runners to attend.

    There will be NO race day registration for any race.  
5:30 AM to 6:15 AM: Packet pickup for the 50 and 27 mile race at the Cabin. 100 and 50 mile runners must leave your               dropbag for Heaven Hill by 6:00 AM Please. You may also leave Cabin dropbags in the designated area or in your car. 
6:30 AM: 100, 50 and 27 mile races start (Sunrise is at 6:49 AM) so no headlamps needed. (Sunset is 6:54 PM.)
    27 Mile runners are not allowed to leave dropbags for Heaven Hill. You may leave a bag at the Cabin or in your car.

  2:30 PM - 100 Mile Course Closes.

There will be 10 Rooms available, 2.5 miles from the start.  Map to the Lodge.  There is a two night minimum, Friday Night and Saturday Night.  Additional nights before the race are available and Sunday night will probably also be available.  The rates will be $150 per night. Please follow the link to the Registration page. 
If you would like to reserve the room for additional nights, please contact Southeastern Trail Runs For more information on the Lodge at Cocktail Slough on the Russell Lands website, please follow this link. Lodge at Cocktail Slough.

         There are several hotels in Alexander City, 12 to 14 miles from the start. Area Hotels

                             Many homes are available for weekly rent around the lake.  If you choose this option be sure to check the distance.  The drive to Russell Crossroads from some sections of the lake can be as long as 45 minutes or more.

             Camping is available at Wind Creek State Park, 11 miles from the start at Russell Crossroads. Map to Wind Creek  
There are also several small cabins available to rent at Wind Creek.
Elevation Profile of the entire 100 mile course.
Elevation Profile of each 25 mile lap.
Go the Lake Martin Website
Race Weekend Schedule
Getting to Lake Martin
Lodging and Camping
About Aid Stations
Pacers and Pace Chart
Course Map
Elevation Profiles
Terrain Course Map
Click on the image to get a closeup look at our Beautiful handcrafted, hand cast buckle.
It's worth running 100 miles just to get this buckle!
Lake Martin 100
March 18 and 19, 2017 - 6:45 AM Start
Sunset over Lake Martin
Updated 2017 Available Soon