A premier event on the XTERRA Trail Run World Series calendar, Oak Mountain hosts the XTERRA Americas Trail Run Championships, welcoming a high-quality field of runners from Canada to Chile and beyond. The XTERRA Americas half-marathon and full-marathon trail runs will award more than $5,000 in prize money, continental championship titles to runners in age group categories ranging from 15-19 to 80+, and XTERRA Trail Run World Championship qualifying spots to the top finishers in each division. Two-person teams, aka “racing duos,” are also eligible for titles and qualifying spots.
Surrounding the racing action is a family-friendly festival focused on delivering a premium outdoor lifestyle experience for athletes, spectators, destinations, and community members, featuring live music, beer gardens, food trucks, and more. The Championship weekend of events also includes 5K and 10K fun runs and a Kids K on the same day, all part of a massive weekend of endurance sports events that include off-road triathlons, mountain bike races, live music, bbq, and camping.
The event takes place in Shelby County on the award-winning trails of Oak Mountain State Park, an extensive network of singletrack trails that provide the ultimate playground for trail runners. With a dynamic and thriving outdoor economy, the 808 square miles of Shelby County provide countless activities for exploration and discovery. Home to Oak Mountain State Park, Lay Lake, the Cahaba River, and over 130 miles of trails and parks, Shelby County offers diverse opportunities to escape and enjoy nature. Built with a community of outdoor adventurers at the forefront of its inspiration, Shelby County is driven by the transformative power of communal experiences in nature. Shelby County’s unique array of wineries, craft breweries, restaurants, and stores create one-of-a-kind opportunities to savor and enjoy after an unforgettable day in the outdoors.