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Lake Martin 100

23-Mar-2019 The Cabin at Russell Crossroads, 288 Stables Loop, Alexander City, Alabama, USA


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Trail Race Race Terrain
161KM / 100Miles
2 Days - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 80KM/50M 43KM/27M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From $200 USD

100 and 50 Mile Endurance Trail Race and 27 Mile Fun Run - "Where Runners Really Do go to Heaven"

The Lake Martin 100 was designed from the ground up to be the perfect step-up from a 50K to a 50 mile or from a 50 mile to your first 100 mile trial race. Our goal is your success. We promise to do everything in our power to help you accomplish your ultra goal, whether that goal is to run your first ultra, the 27 Mile Fun Run, or to break 21 hours in the 100.

We also pledge to make your race experience Fun! The race will be hard. All those beautiful hills become steeper and longer with each successive lap. Those gentle carriage paths become very long about mile 80.

But if you have put in enough training miles, we will encourage you, push you, help you, and even yell at you if necessary, to get you to the end. We might even let you rest occasionally. If you are ready, you can do it.

For experienced 100 mile runners the lake Martin 100 is no “Walk in the Park.” My Garmin 910 GPS watch shows almost 13,000 feet of elevation gain. Probably the true elevation gain is more like 12,000 but regardless, the course is hilly. There are very few sections that could be called flat. There are also, no big climbs and no technical sections at all.

Almost all of the hills are less than 100 feet of elevation gain but those small hills are relentless. For those of you that alternate walking and running, you will not need to time the cycles. The hills will tell you where to walk and where to run.

Start, Finish and the Cabin Aid Station is located at Russell Crossroads, 288 Stables Loop, Alexander City, AL 35010.

We will be serving a hot, fresh, breakfast with a grits bar, sausage, ham, eggs, cheese, waffles and more for 100 runners, family members and crew starting as the first runners finish and lasting until the final runner crosses the finish line.

Joint us for a great ultra experience.

Register at Ultrasignup.


Event Organiser
David Tosch



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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03:08 18-06-17

This was my first 100 miler. I loved everything about it from the aid station volunteers, to the scenery, and just the overall atmosphere. This is suppose to be a "good" first for a 50 or 100 miler. My opinion is yes and no. Why? Yes, because of what is the "good" about being a first. 1) it's a looped course which made it easier on me and my crew if I needed anything from fresh supplies and clothes 2) the aid stations were wonderful from the food, drink, and atmosphere 3) the aid station volunteers seemed very knowledgeable about ultra running 4) everyone was very friendly and helpful. No, because if I hadn't trained hills it would have been a different story. I tell everyone that they should change the name to the Meat Grinder 50/100 miler. My feet were all blistered up and this is something I hardly every experience. But they did say post the elevation charts and I read some of the race reports and had been warned that the hills would be relentless. Again, I had a great experience and because of all involved I was able to finish and I would do it again!!! Thank you everyone involved with Lake Martin you all are awesome!!!!

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07:04 09-06-17

My first 50 miles. Course was marvellous and the race directors did an incredible job. Going back next year for the 100

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Richard Poff

04:28 09-06-17

The course is marked perfectly so 0% chance of getting lost. The course is challenging but doable. The Race Director, his wife and staff are the best people the racing world has. The aid stations, volunteers and nourishment offered are superior. Lake Martin 100 is tough but it gives a runner every chance to succeed!

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02:56 09-06-17

This race is a great challenge as it is a constant up and down. The fun run 27 miler is a great introduction for the 1st time trail racer looking to try it out. The 50 and 100 make this a must for the Ultra Community. David and MaryJo put on a fine set of races to prepare runners for this event. http://www.southeasterntrailruns.com/

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08:47 02-04-15

Beautiful scenery, tough course. I'm a pavement runner so to me, this trail is very technical with steep inclines and declines. Awesome volunteers and fully stocked aid stations! Even custom order eggs and bacon in the wee morning! This race is an amazing experience. I will go back and tackle that 100!

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04:43 02-04-15

Great organizer. Beautiful landscape. Challenging course - didn't expect that kind of elevation change from Alabama. Well stocked aid stations - the BUTS group helps staff and keep thing running smoothly and were generally an awesome group of people. Definitely will return for another in the future.

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09:23 01-04-15

I found Lake Martin to be a very good event. It was nice to have 100/50/27.1 mile options. The loop course allowed for good support and the support people to see runners at the two stations at multiple time and mileage segments. It was a challenging course with little flat distance. No major climbs or difficult footing. I plan to return. Alabama

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