Dixon Legend 5k and 10k trail run and half-marathon scheduled for March 4

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ will host its second annual 5K, 10K, and half-marathon race on Saturday, March 4, at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center located in Andalusia, AL.

The Dixon Legend provides a unique “off-road” opportunity to explore the diverse forests of the Dixon Center’s 5,000+ acres. The race will offer a challenge for all fitness levels as they traverse the property’s network of dirt roads and trails through upland hardwood forests, across stream bottoms, and through the rolling hills of the Center’s Longleaf Pine ecosystems.

Trail runs or off-road races have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are only a handful offered in the state and this race is one of the more scenic. “The Dixon Legend is a unique opportunity, truly one of its kind with the course set entirely on the beautiful trails and unimproved roads of the Dixon Center,” noted Robin Kelley, race organizer. “It’s truly a win-win for these racers and the Center.”

The property, which is adjacent to the Conecuh River and National Forest, was deeded by Solon and Martha Dixon to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 35 years ago. Today, the Dixon Center is considered one of the finest educational facilities of its type in the nation. The Center functions as a program venue and outdoor classroom for a variety of user groups, including students, practitioners, and land owners. Other groups visit the Center simply to learn about and enjoy nature.

Historically the Dixon Center has depended on timber sales, agricultural and hunting leases to supplement its operating budget. “To be fully self-sustaining, we are encouraging other groups to use the facility,” stated the Center’s Director, Joel Martin. “This race will introduce the Dixon Center to a different set of outdoor enthusiasts, and hopefully, they’ll return to host their own event.”

The race is open to runners 10 and over. Race details and online registration are available via the Dixon Center website. Registrations received prior to February 17, 2017 will receive a race T-shirt. First place finishers in each race will be awarded for male/female overall winners and specified age classes. Completion medals will be awarded for the half marathon only.

Email Joel Martin at mmarti12@auburn.edu or call 334-222-7779 for more information or to inquire about becoming a sponsor. The race will be held at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center located at 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, Alabama 36420.

A limited number of dorm-style rooms are available for reservation at the Dixon Center. However, alternative accommodations can be found within the nearby communities of Brewton and Andalusia. Visit Explore Brewton or the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce to learn more.

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