Trail Running Calendar Alabama 2024-2025

Adventure-seekers looking for the best trail running experiences in Alabama should mark their calendars for a variety of events in 2024 and 2025. These races will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes. Each race is a unique experience, offering a variety of trails that will challenge and invigorate runners of all skill levels.

Near Birmingham, the trail running scene thrives. With a variety of landscapes from rolling hills to dense forests, it's a top destination for runners seeking diversity in their routes. Montgomery, steeped in history, also grants trail runners the chance to connect with nature along the serene paths of its nearby parks. Travel south to Mobile to experience trail running in a coastal setting, where the city’s geographic diversity and lush greenery add to the satisfaction of trail runners.

Further north, Huntsville's proximity to the Appalachian foothills provides a more rugged terrain for those seeking a challenge amidst the beauty of the Monte Sano State Park and its surrounding areas. Tuscaloosa, with trails located along the Black Warrior River, offers runners the delightful combination of water views and woodland landscapes. Lastly, in Hoover, the suburban settings give way to unexpected natural retreats.

The Phoenix Trail Fest is a unique trail running experience offering various distances from 4 miles to 62.5 miles in Tuscaloosa, AL. The event aims to help participants achieve personal records in a laid-back and fun atmosphere. The race takes place at Lake Lurleen State Park, providing well-groomed..

The 5th Beaver Trail 5K will be held at Lagoon Park's Pete Peterson Lodge in Montgomery, AL. Participants will run on the beautiful Lagoon Park Trails and enjoy post-race refreshments and an awards ceremony. Registration fees vary depending on the date of registration, with discounts available for F..

The Rockin Choccolocco 50K and Half Marathon is set to take place on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Heflin, AL. The event offers a 50K, Half Marathon, and a newly added 10K trail race. The 50K race will be a point-to-point race starting at FS532 Greenleaf Dam and finishing at Cahulga Park. Participant..

May 2024

The Noccalula Falls Spring Trail Run offers a 1/2 Marathon and 5 Mile race at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. The trail winds through wooded paths, creek beds, and offers beautiful views of Gadsden. The course includes wooden bridges and gravel paths, with a moderate difficulty suitable fo..

The Smoke Rise Trail Run offers a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K race at Blevins Gap Land Trust in Huntsville, AL. The race is designed for both new and experienced trail runners, starting at the picturesque Green Mountain. The event is capped at 250 runners, with participants receiving a t-shirt and fi..

The Muddy Crudd's Ultra Trail Party is a fun running event held along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Valley, AL. Participants can choose from a 12-hour, 6-hour, 5K, or Ice Cream Mile race. The event offers a supportive environment with full aid stations and experienced volunteers to help ru..

The RDM 5 Mile Trail Race will take place in Trussville on Saturday 18 May 2024. You can run 5 miles.

The Memorial Day Trail Run will take place on Saturday, May 27th at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL. The race offers 6 and 12-mile options, with a challenging course including a climb to the top of Double Oak Mountain. The race starts at 8:00 AM at the Redbud Pavilion, and there is a $5 entry ..

June 2024

The Race to the Tower Trail Run takes place at Palisades Park in Oneonta, AL, offering 15K, 10K, and 5K distances. The course is half park road and half improved trail, and regular running shoes are suitable. There is a 3-hour cut off, and participants have the option to run the 5K/10K/15K and climb..

The Iron Ore 15K trail run takes place at Red Mt Park in Birmingham, AL, offering a diverse course from flat Rail Trail sections to technical single track trails. The race is a continuous loop with no repeating sections and features a fully stocked aid station around Mile 4, along with two additiona..

The Run for Kids Challenge is a trail run event held at Oak Mountain State Park, starting at the Cedar Pavilion. The race offers a 12-hour challenge and a 10K option, with proceeds going to Smile-A-Mile, a charity supporting children with cancer. The course is a 3.4-mile loop, with different lap len..

The Big Foot Trail Run is the first race in the Wild Thangs Trail Series, taking place in Huntsville, AL. The event offers both 5K and 10K race distances, with a capped limit of 350 runners. The series includes a total of 4 races from June to August, designed for both new and experienced trail runne..

The Delirium trail run in Anniston, AL offers both 32K and 15K options. Participants must complete four different trails in any order, checking in at checkpoints along the way. The 32K course includes technical single-track trails with varying climbs and descents, while the 15K runners tackle Loop 1..

The FARM Barn Burner trail run offers two options: an 11-mile and a 5-mile course. Both courses start at Dunnavant Valley Fields and include scenic trails along Yellow Leaf Creek and through Dunnanvant Valley Park. The 11-mile course includes additional challenging sections like Laurel Loop and Rave..

July 2024

The Shiner Ridge Revival 7.4 Mile Trail Run is a race held in Pelham, AL, in honor of Oak Mountain State Park's moonshining history. The trail run takes place on the 4th of July, starting at 7 pm, and includes a challenging route to the top of King's Chair with a spectacular sunset view. The event p..

The Jackalope Trail Run is the second race in the Wild Thangs Trail Series, taking place in Huntsville, AL. The event offers both 4-mile and 8-mile race distances, with beautiful mountain scenery, creek crossings, waterfalls, and more along the course. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ..

The Hotter N' Hell Trail Run offers 9 and 18-mile races starting at 7:00 AM at the Cedar Pavilion in Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL. With a limited capacity of 300 runners, registration may close before the deadline. This challenging race is part of the Southeastern Trail Series and includes cl..

The Skunk Ape Trail Run is the third race in the Wild Thangs Trail Series, taking place in Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville, AL. The event offers both 5-mile and 10-mile race distances, with beautiful mountain scenery, creek crossings, waterfalls, and more along the course. Participants are encoura..

August 2024

The "In the Heat of the Night" trail run takes place in Anniston, AL, offering distances of 100K, 50K, 25K, and 10K. The course is a loop on Talladega Forest roads surrounded by forest and the Pinhoti Trail, starting at Frog Pond Overlook. The 100K race is Alabama's first 100K trail race and is run ..

The Chupacabra Trail Race is the fourth race in the Wild Thangs Trail Series, taking place in Huntsville, AL. The event offers both a 10K and Half Marathon distance, with beautiful mountain scenery, creek crossings, waterfalls, and more. Participants can enjoy aid stations along the course with vari..