Sunday September 21, the first ever Red Dirt Shuffle will be held at Lake McMurtry, NW of Stillwater OK. The RDS will feature a half marathon and a quarter marathon. There are not many of these particular distances purely on trailz as they are usually road distances. So, it's a great time to get a PR if you have never ran a trail half, or a quarter marathon (which figures out to be around 6.5 miles, but don't be surprised if zombie-miles turn out to be a wee bit longer!)
Lake McMurtry is BEAUTIFUL--and you know this if you have ran our Lake McMurtry 50K/25K/12K held in April. The Red Dirt Shuffle is on the EAST SIDE of the lake--not the west side. I know quite a few late arrivers at our April race over the years have accidentally visited the east side campground--and now is your chance to run these great trailz!!
This map shows both the east and west parks, and while they look close, they are about a five mile drive by road from one to the other. You can actually get to the east side campground by taking Lake McMurtry Road which if coming via turnpike from Tulsa, you will see as soon as you exit the toll road in Stillwater. Take that road west and it runs right into the campground.
The quarter marathon uses the south (red) trail. This scriggly loop is nice and runnable. It's not too technical at all. I could easily breeze around this on a mountain bike--and I'm not a great mountain biker--right Mitch and Channing? This is a VERY GOOD race for beginning trail runners.
The half marathon uses both the red and yellow trailz. (Sounds like Turkey Mountain trail names?) The north yellow trail is a little more technical, and there is a hill or two that'll get your attention--but all in all--it's still way easier than most of what Turkey Mountain has to offer.
There is a limited amount of camping on the east side. I suggest renting these way in advance if you want to camp. I know I'll be camping.
Below are several pictures of the trailz taken last April when Dana, Jake, and I did some exploring. Also, a few of the pics were taken when a group of TATURs did a field trip there last year.
There will be some nifty race shirts (we are working on getting shirts DYED with real red dirt--hope we can get that worked out!) There will be some cool trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male and female in both distances. There will also be a couple of special surprise awards for a mystery category. And there will be finishers awards for all finishers.
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We will base the number of shirts and awards ordered by the projected number of entrants based on the number of registrants on August 28. Sign up soon!