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Ruffner Mountain Crusher Ridge (21k, 42k)

October 7

Crusher Ridge Trail Race LogoThis is a challenging 21K loop with a double-loop option for a 42K. Consisting of mostly single track trail, the loop will take you to ever corner of the park and showcase many of the rock crushers that give the race its name. Ruffner Mountain is an old mining site in urban Birmingham that has been reclaimed by nature and is now maintained for recreational use. Trails are technical and incorporate 4,500′ of elevation change across the single 21K loop. The 5k route will give folks a taste of what the mountain has to offer but with a lot less elevation. Course will be marked with sprinkler flags, survey tape and signage at turns. Runners may switch between the 21k and 42k distances at any time before or during the race by notifying race officials. The Exceptional Foundation is once again providing handmade, one of a kind finisher’s awards for the 21k. The 42k will have a new surprise finisher award!

This is a 100% charitable race. All proceeds from the 21k and 42k race entry fees will go to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve to help them continue the great work they do. Because this race is for charity, we do not issue refunds. If you cannot make it, consider it a donation to this amazing nature preserve.

This race will probably sell out this year!!! Sign up early. If you are registered, but realize you can’t make it, please delete your registration on Ultra sign up. This will allow another runner the opportunity to enjoy this awesome event.


Start: 8:00am for 21K/42K, 8:30 a.m. for 5K

Course Options: 21k loop, 2 loops to make the 42k

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Race day registration and packet pick up: If the race hasn’t sold out (and it probably will) race day registration and packet pick up will be at 6:30am; $5 increase for race day registration (shirts not guaranteed for race day registrants).

Aid Stations: There will be an aid station at the start/finish, at Salvage Rd and at Gray Fox Gap (you go through this aid station twice). Aid stations will have water, Tailwind, gels and other basic ultra aid station fare. NOTE: please bring a handheld or hydration pack. October in Alabama tends to get warm in the afternoon. You will NEED hydration between aid stations.

Food: We will have the grill going at the finish. Please hang out after you finish your race and have a burger, chips, cookies, and a beverage. Vegetarian options will be available. Families are welcome to eat as well!

Shirts: Shirts are unisex cotton tshirts. In order to get this year’s shirt, you must have registered by September 24th. Shirts will be ordered on September 25th. Anyone registering after then will get last year’s shirt (sizes not guaranteed).

Awards: 21K and 42K: Top 3 Male/Female and Masters Male/Female
Prizes will be gift cards from local running/outdoor stores (which ones TBA).

Break the current course record for either distance and win $100! Course record is determined by the fastest time from 2015-2016 (we will be using the same course for 2017 as we have since 2015).

Record for the 21k is: 2:08:11
Record for the 42k is: 4:13:46

21k – $50 ($60 after June 30)
42k – $60 ($70 after June 30)

BUTS Members receive a $5 discount. If you’re not a member, join here!


Sponsors TBD


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Ruffner Mountain Park
1214 81st St S
Birmingham, AL 35206 United States
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