RUNable Race Review: Extreme Totem Pole Race

RACE STATS:

  • DATE OF RACE: February 27, 2021
  • DISTANCE(s): 5K, 10K, 1-Mile Fun Run
  • REVIEWED: 10K
  • LOCATION: Hazlehurst, MS
  • DIFFICULTY: Level 2.5
  • CAUSE: Andrew Jackson Council, BSA
  • RUNscore: 4 Stars

A Running Glance:

Things I loved

  • Beautiful trails
  • Handmade medals
  • Ziplining

Things I less than loved

  • Course was a tad short (but who’s complaining?)
A Running Glance: Things I loved Beautiful trailsHandmade medalsZiplining Things I less than loved Course was a tad short (but who's complaining?) RUNable Review: The Extreme Totem Pole Race is held annually at the Hood Scout Reservation in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and is both hosted by and benefits the Andrew Jackson Council of BSA. In addition to a beautiful 5K or 10K tromp through the woods, registration also included post-run zip-lining! You tell me one other race that ends with zip-lining!! Price Early bird registration was only $25, with the price increasing to $30 the month before the race. Not too…
Here is my overall RUNscore, averaged from the individual categories above. Did you run the race? If so, click the stars next to USER RATING to rate this race yourself! Then read my full review below!! PS - I *LOVE* reader comments, so feel free to give me your opinion. But just about this race or my blog. Let's leave religion, politics, and parenting to the professionals. 😉

Running Tally: Extreme Totem Pole Race

Price/Value
T-Shirt/Swag
Expo/Finish Line
Medal/Awards
Volunteers
Course Scenery
Aid Stations
Parking/Access
Race Management

4 STARS

Here is my overall RUNscore, averaged from the individual categories above. Did you run the race? If so, click the stars next to USER RATING to rate this race yourself! Then read my full review below!! PS - I *LOVE* reader comments, so feel free to give me your opinion. But just about this race or my blog. Let's leave religion, politics, and parenting to the professionals. 😉

User Rating: Be the first one !

RUNable Review:

The Extreme Totem Pole Race is held annually at the Hood Scout Reservation in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and is both hosted by and benefits the Andrew Jackson Council of BSA. In addition to a beautiful 5K or 10K tromp through the woods, registration also included post-run zip-lining! You tell me one other race that ends with zip-lining!!

Price

Early bird registration was only $25, with the price increasing to $30 the month before the race. Not too shabby! Plus the funds raised benefited the Scouts! (I was a girl scout troop leader for 11 years, and I adore the scouts! And you should know that I wasn’t just in it for the cookies. 😉 My daughters learned a lot from scouting … and so did I.)

T-shirt/Swag

Registration included a reusable drawstring bag full of goodies, including a branded plastic cup, race shirt, frisbee, and other items donated by sponsors like WeInsure. The race shirt is so soft and lightweight. The brand is Bella Canvas, made of 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon – an excellent performance-type blend.

OH! Our swag bags included tickets for door prizes, and I just happened to win a $20 gift card to our local Salad Station. Winner, winner – SALAD dinner? 😉

Expo/Finish Line

Sonic breakfast burritos (Thanks McClain Sonics!) were waiting for participants at the finish line, along with various snacks, water, fruit, and some “scout-made” desserts in dutch ovens. (Man, I really do miss scouting!) However, the most awesome thing about the post-race party was the free zip-lining!! I had never zip-lined and honestly … I’m really afraid of heights. A few years ago I had a terrible experience on a flying trapeze at the circus. (That sounds made-up, but it’s totally a true story!! Ha!)

Medal/Awards

The race medals were also “scout-made” (with love) and honored the totem pole theme. There were several design varieties but my favorite ones featured arrowheads and resembled traditional “medals.” The age-group awards were hand-crafted and donated by a long-time scout volunteer. Such talent!

Volunteers

There were tons of scouts and leaders on hand volunteering both at packet pick up and at the finish line. Thanks, everyone!!

Course Scenery

What a beautiful route! I was so pleasantly surprised with this gorgeous course. It had everything! Water. Leaves. Trees. The whole shebang!

Course Difficulty: LEVEL 2.5

I rated this route a level 2.5 on the “RUNable Difficulty” scale; it falls somewhere between easy and moderate. There were just the right amount of hills and turns to keep it less technical, but just enough to present you with a fun and challenging run. The 10K was actually over a quarter-mile short, but I kept on running to make sure I finished my entire 6.2 miles. #GottaGetMyMoneysWorth 😉

Click to read the RUNable Difficulty Key
  • LEVEL 1: NO PROBLEM – Mostly flat & even course that’s perfect for a first race or a PR.
  • LEVEL 2: EASY – Small hills or uneven terrain, but nothing too scary for most runners.
  • LEVEL 3: MODERATE – A few more or steeper hills or variable terrain: great training.
  • LEVEL 4: CHALLENGING – Multiple hills and rougher terrain that may take some mental pushing to get through.
  • LEVEL 5: DIFFICULT – Steep inclines and/or the type of terrain that makes your legs hate you, your feet beg for mercy, and your mind think “what were we thinking?”

Aid Stations

There were several aid stations along the route with plenty of scouts and scout leaders passing out ice-cold H2O.

Parking/Access

The Scout Hood Reservation has a good-sized parking lot that more than accommodated participants. The location was remote but easy to find and well worth the short drive.

Race Management

My fellow RunStronger, Steve (AKA “Wonder Walton”), is a Scout Leader and helped organize this little shindig. Well done, WW! I can’t wait to run with y’all again!! (And maybe ZIPLINE again – WE SHALL SEE HOW BRAVE I’M FEELING!) Shout out to my good buddy Rob with SISU Timing. Thanks for your help with this event.

Finishing Thoughts …

If you’re looking for a fun hometown trail race that benefits an awesome cause, look no further! The Extreme Totem Pole Race offers all that and more! Be sure to add this event to your calendar next year. Follow them on Facebook for the latest and greatest and to keep yourself in the loop. I heard a rumor from a reliable source (it was Steve) that they’re planning another race this fall! Don’t miss it!

Does this review have you feeling motivated? Looking to find your next race? Whether you’re “scouting” for your first 5K or for your next marathon, check out our local race calendar!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top