The 2017 Blood Rock 25 & 50K race will start at 6:30 AM at the Redbud Pavilion near the BMX Track on Tranquility Road. Both races will use about the same trails as the 2016 races including the same backcountry trails in the early part of the race. Shelby County is building a new section of multiuse trail that should be completed in time for Blood Rock that will eliminate most of the Findley Drive section we used in 2016.
The Course: The 25 & 50K will start at the Redbud Pavilion and follow a short section of the bike trail back to near the "Chimneys," then take a small connector over the Light Trail to the campground. Runners will continue straight ahead through the campground to a trail leading off to the left and around the northwest side of Oak Mountain Lake. You will cross over the dam and continue on the gravel road then paved road, past the fishing center and turn right across the dam. At the parking lot just past the dam you will enter a trail that will eventually reach the "Far End Back Trail." Turn left and head into the Oak Mountain Backcountry.