Buffalo Run

Catch a sneak peek of the Buffalo Run, a trail run through the wild backwoods of the Bluff.

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Buffalo Run
Join us for the third annual Buffalo Run, a 10k, 30k, or 50k race benefiting the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. Rescheduled to Sunday, December 11th, the Buffalo Run trail winds deep into the ancient maritime forests of Palmetto Bluff. Don't be afraid to get a little muddy -- it's all a part of the experience.  
 
To register for the race, click here
 
50K Race begins at 6:30AM. Gates opens at 5:30AM. 
30K Race begins at 8:30AM
10K Race begins at 10:00AM
After party and award presentation begins at 11:30AM
 
Relay Races
Compete in the 30k or 50k races with a team of your best (or fastest) friends. Teams of three people can sign up for the 30k race, and teams of five people can sign up for the 50k race. 
 
Race Course
Although the start and finish of this trail run are on pavement, the Buffalo Run’s course soon shifts to the sandy soil of a fire line that protects the surrounding mixed hardwood and pine forest from wildfires. The path continues to Camp Eight Road, a wide gravel road that once led workers to the still and camp of an early 20th century turpentine operation. Some of the pine trees in the hardwood upland on the left side of the road and in the pine flatwoods on the right side (two distinct ecological zones separated by only a few inches of elevation) bear the characteristic scars of being “catfaced” a century ago to collect pine gum.
 
Rounding the curve of Camp Eight Road, runners will briefly follow Cemetery Road and then head on to the Cemetery Loop Trail. Leaving the gravel road for the sandy trail, racers will see the pine uplands give way to the ancient maritime forest and the edge of the New River marsh. The old dikes and levees of antebellum rice fields stretch off into the distance and ospreys soar overhead. Deer, wild turkeys, and fox squirrels are often seen along this section of the route, which briefly rejoins the gravel Cemetery Road before continuing along another sandy fire line. Here, the old upland hardwood and pine forest leads to a young pine plantation, a reminder of the land’s tenure as a managed property of Union Camp.
 
The path intersects and continues along Whitehouse Road, a wide, manicured dirt road, and the forest becomes older and a mix of hardwoods and pines. In the early morning, this is a perfect place to spot a buck or doe grazing on the grass at the edge of the woods. After a short distance, runners will leave the dirt road for another sandy fire line, a narrower trail that skirts beautiful wetlands with red maples before looping back to Whitehouse Road. Whitehouse Road continues to the paved road and then leads to the finish/starting line.
 
Staging Area
Runners are allowed to set up pop-up canopy tents and tables for the support team in their designated areas. This is a cup-free race. There will be water stations on the course, but please bring your own hydration bottles.
 
Hydration and Fuel station will be located at the finish area.
 
Awards
Buffalo Run shirts to all participants registered before October 7th. Buffalo Run camo hats to all 30K and 50K runners and Buffalo Run trophies for all 50K runners. Awards to the overall male and female finishers in each race.
 

 

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