25K FUN RUN IS BACK FOR 2024!!
For the 2024 Big Butts race we have decided to bring back the 25K Fun Run! Before we decide this is too easy to not make permanent, give this two loop run a shot and then cheer on the 50K and 100K runners.
2024 BIG BUTTS, presented by MUTS (MS Ultra and Trail Society), is a trail race with an individual 100K, 50K, 25K Fun Run, and 100K Relay. The start is at the Mississippi College cross country Choctaw Trails pavilion with 7.75 mile loops on both the cross country trails and Butts Park single track trails. There is plenty of room around the start to set up your own aid, tents, coolers, chairs, etc. The course itself is not technical and has a few small hills, but the MS heat and humidity of late July make this race a BIG challenge.
TIME: 7am--9pm--14 hour time limit for the 50K, 100K, and 100K relay races. The 25K Fun Run has start time of 7:30 a.m. with a 7 hour time limit.
AID STATIONS: There are two aid stations. The S/F aid station and one on the course with water, Tailwind sports drink, and food.
REGISTRATION: $40 for the 25K Fun Run and 50K, $50 for the 100K and $40 for each individual relay member. MUTS members get a $5 discount at checkout. So members don’t forget your code! Sign up because the price increases $10 on June 1! Please know that MUTS races do not offer refunds, transfers, or deferrals. There will also not be race day registration or registration at packet pickup. So please register before the cutoff!!
COURSE: 7.75 mile loops on mostly single track trails. The majority of the course is in the shade with approximately 170’ of elevation gain per loop.
SWAG and AWARDS: There are no finisher medals for this race but usually there is some unique Butts swag. Top 3 males and females in each individual race and the top relay team will receive a custom award. And $100 if a 100k racer can beat the fastest time of 10:05:56!!
CHANGING RACES: 100K runners may drop to the 50K (or the 50K may move up to the 100K) during the race but are not eligible for awards. However, in the spirit of Big Butts, no 100K or 50K runner will be allowed to drop to or be credited with a 25K Fun Run. If you drop from the race please inform race officials before leaving. Please notify race timers if you decide to change distances.
RELAY TEAMS: Teams can consist of 2-4 members. You may run as much or as little as you like during the 14 hour time limit but only one member of each team may officially be on course at one time.
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: It's hot in Mississippi in July. Therefore, we ask all runners to carry a water bottle or other hydration while running. Additionally, all runners starting a lap after 5:30 p.m. must check in with the timer/race director before leaving the start/finish area and must carry a headlamp or flashlight (cell phones don't count). Lastly, while pacers are not allowed at Big Butts, 100k runners are allowed to have a runner join them for the last two laps for safety reasons or just to listen to them complain. 50k runners that leave the start/finish after the 5:30 p.m. check-in may also have a runner join.
CUT OFF: The time limit for the 25K Fun Run is 2:30p.m. sharp (or 7 hours total). The cut-off for the 50 K runners to finish three loops and start their last 7.75 mile loop is 11:30 elapsed or 6:30 p.m. The cut-off for the 100 K runners to finish seven loops and start their last 7.75 mile loop is 12:30 elapsed or 7:30 p.m.
Packet pickup will be available at Buffalo Peak Outfitters (4500 I 55 North Suite 115, Jackson, MS 39211) Friday, July 19th from 4-6 and at the start Saturday morning from 6 - 7:15. Stop by Friday, grab your packet, hang out, ask questions, and hydrate a little.
Directions to the start
DIRECTIONS TO CHOCTAW TRAILS: If you are coming from the west side Exit #36 Springridge Rd off of I-20 in Clinton. Go south on Springridge Rd for 1.5 miles, and then take a left on McRaven Rd at the light. There is a bridge out on McRaven so you will need to take a detour around the bridge to the entrance to Choctaw Trails. If you are coming from the east you can exit on Hwy 18, take a right on Greenway Drive (first stop light), take a right on Maddox Road, left on McRaven, then the entrance will be approximately one mile on the right (GPS coordinates to entrance: 32°17'56.2"N 90°17'55.9"W or 32.298949, -90.298873) HOTELS IN CLINTON: There are several hotels within in a few miles from the park. The Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are on Springridge Road approximately 3 miles from the entrance to Mississippi College Choctaw Trails. CAMPING: camping is not allowed over night. The closest campground is Lefleur’s Bluff State Park.
Mississippi Ultra and Trail Society's mission is to promote, support, and grow trail and ultra running in and around the state of MS. Go to mutsrunning.org for more information on how you can become a member and support our cause. MUTS is a nonprofit created for the purpose of giving back to the community in time, resources, and service.
Event's current local time: 1:22 PM CT