|Beautiful Picture of Tranquility Lake by Olivia Affuso|
Over 150 runners toed the line November 22nd for the 7:00 AM start at 10,000 acre Oak Mountain State Park, in Pelham, Alabama, just south of Birmingham. Most people think of Alabama as rather flat, that is, unless have run trails in the area. Located just at the tip of southwest tip of Appalachian Mountains, our hills may not be very tall, (Double Oak Mountain, which runs the length of Oak Mountain State Park, rises only a little over 600 feet above the surrounding terrain) but what it lack in size, it makes up for in shear ruggedness. Tranquility Lake 50K is actually two races, a 25K, one loop of the 15.6 mile course and the 50K, two loops. The 50K course had 4,390 ft. of elevation gain and is 93% single track trails with only about 2 miles of gravel roads closed to cars.
|Tranquility Lake D|
|Left to Right, Vanessa, Lisa, Donna and Beverly|
|Left to Right, Logan, Suman and Mark|