SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On November 3, more than 200 runners from 31 states and three different countries will begin their journey in the 11th Annual Pinhoti 100, a 100 mile endurance run through the Talladega National Forest.
Beginning in Heflin, AL, runners will embark on a 100.59 mile journey through creeks and streams, rocks and boulders, and mountainous terrain, including a trek over Cheaha Mountain, Alabama’s highest point at 2,408 feet above sea level. More than 80 miles is run on single track trails, with the remaining portion using about 17 miles of jeep roads and 4 miles of pavement.
The race concludes on the cardinal colored track of Legion Stadium in Sylacauga on Nov. 4. In the past most runners will finish at the 24 hour mark with the cutoff mark set at 30 hours.
Along the rigorous course there are 17 aid stations between the start and finish lines. These stations provide runners with fluids, energy gels, and other foods. Five of the aid stations host bag drops where each runner has the opportunity to have a bag with fresh clothes, shoes, socks, and their own food. All participants have the opportunity to have a crew traveling from aid station to aid station as well as pacers who run individual sections of the course with the main participant.
Weather for the race should be conducive for good running times. Temperatures in Sylacauga are expected to reach the mid-to-high 60s while the lows are expected in the mid 40s to low 50s.