The XTERRA Oak Mountain trail runs, held each May at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama, were once again recognized for being among the best in the U.S.
The event was highlighted as the “best race in the state” by compression + design, based on input from a panel of runners and cyclists. Key criteria included having a unique and scenic venue, a race course worthy of being a destination for athletes, and a proven track record of being a key race for many years.
“This scenic—yet ultra-challenging run—will not disappoint,” noted the editors. “Long-distance runners can choose to complete in the half-marathon course, and 10K and 5K distances are an option as well … its gorgeous scenery will surely keep your heart pumping!”
In addition, Competitor Magazine this week listed the event among 19 "Challenging yet stunning trail races to run in 2017," citing pristine singletrack nestled in the park which meanders along a lakeshore and dips into densely wooded forest.
To complement the races Oak Mountain State Park offers a wealth of family activities, a wildlife center, swimming beach, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, boat rental, camping, and more. For a complete guide to the area visit www.discovershelby.com.
The XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon and trail running races enter their 12th year on May 20-21, 2017 with early bird pricing as low as $20 for the 5K. Learn more and sign-up at www.xterrapelham.com.