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Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, BUTS, trail running, ultra marathon, Birmingham, Alabama #runBUTS

Made you look, didn’t I?

I love the Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS). Here’s why:

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Nectar of the gods after a hot run – thanks mruns.com!

10. Watermelon and beer – We celebrate long runs properly.

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What do BUTS do before a 50k? Worry about their race pace? Nope – pole dance and Harlem Shake

9. Pace is a dirty word – Sometimes it’s relaxing to leave your watch at home. Ask a BUTS member what they’re running, and they’ll say “far,” or “fast” – no talk of splits or BQs here.

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“This is a BUTS shoot, right?”

8. Laid-back goofballs – On any given run, the woods will be filled with the sound of dirty trail names, animal calls, and lots of laughter.

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Seen on the BUTS Facebook page – rave runs and nasty ass toenails

7. Tough cookies – Whining won’t win you any points in this crowd. A commonly heard phrase is “suck it up, Buttercup”—if it were easy, everyone would run ultras.

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Ready to tackle some weeds

6. Service days – We don’t run and play only, we give back to the trail community and keep our parks clean.

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, BUTS, trail running, ultra marathon, Birmingham, Alabama

You know you want to run this

5. Bearly Ultra – An ultramarathon five miles from my house? Yes please!

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I keep these guys on their toes

4. Friends – I’m 95% sure that most of the guys I run with see me as their annoying little sister who always tags along, but I’m ok with that.

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I pepper this guy with trail questions day and night. Doesn’t he look pleased to have me around?

3. Helpful – Ask BUTS members anything from fueling to shoe drainage to best leaves to use as toilet paper, and they’ll tell you. I learn from them on every run.

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I’m usually DFL (dead fucking last), but they make sure I never get lost

2. No runner left behind – No matter your pace, the group will run with you. That’s how I get to run with all of these 100-mile superstars.

Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, BUTS, trail running, ultra marathon, Birmingham, Alabama

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1. Our name and asstag – ‘Nuff said.