Join Lake Martin 100
Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000-acre (178 km²) lake with over 750 miles (1,200 km) of wooded shoreline. Lake Martin is a reservoir, formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built, the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company. Alabama Power and Russell Lands own the majority of the shoreline.One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, water skiing, camping, and golfing and is also the host of the Lake Martin 100 trail race.
The Lake Martin 100 will consist of four 25 mile loops. The course will be about 80% single track trails, 10% carriage paths and 10% gravel roads and trails. Some of the single track trails follow the lake shoreline and the views are beautiful. Lake Martin has some of the clearest water you will ever see in a lake in the Southeast. The trails are all very runnable but not as easy as you would expect for central Alabama. The run will be entirely on the private lands of the Russell Forest Trail System near Alexander City, in East-Central Alabama.
The 100 mile course will consist of four laps and the 50 mile race will be of two laps around a 25 mile Russell Forest Trail System course. Each lap will be made up of two loops, a north loop that is 18.33 miles and the south loop which is 6.67 miles in length. The North Loop is divided into three sections. Section 1 is the Start at the Cabin Aid Station to Heaven Hill Aid Station (AS 1). The 2nd section is Heaven Hill back to Heaven Hill (AS2). Section 3 is Heaven Hill to The Cabin (AS3). The South Loop is the 4th section where runners will leave the Cabin for a 6.67 mile loop returning to the Cabin (AS4) and the end of the first 25 mile lap. Each section of the Russell Lands Trail Map of the course is color coded.
The course is mostly on single track trails and carriage paths with about 2 miles of dirt roads, most of which do not allow any automobile traffic. There are numerous stream crossings all around the course and several trails follow creeks. If there has been little or no rain the week before the race, runners will be able to complete the race without getting their feet wet. It is easy to cross over every creek without getting into the water. If, however, there has been a lot of rain a day or two before the race, you will probably have to wade some creeks. If it rains heavily during the race, you will have wet feet.
directions_runStart Address: Alexander City,us
flagFinish Address: Alexander City,us
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