The 7th Annual Nicholas Wilson Memorial

Tashka Trail 50K / 25K and 4 Mile Race 

NO RACE SCHEDULED FOR 2017                          


September 25, 2016

Dear Runners, Sponsors, Volunteers, and Supporters,


After much careful deliberation, we have decided not to host the Nicholas Wilson Tashka Trail Race in 2017. 


This annual race has benefitted local children’s programs such as CHOM, The Brayden House, The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theater and Kid One totaling over $40,000 in support over eight years.


We appreciate all the support from each and every one of you and recognize events like this cannot happen without LOTS of engagement by the community – invaluable businesses and individual sponsors, fantastic volunteers and of course, our runners. You have all been amazing in your support and dedication to our beloved Nicholas Wilson Tashka Race!


Regarding the future of the Tashka race, we plan to review our race format, location and date options for 2018 and will see what options are available.  We will keep our facebook page current as decisions are made.  


Again, thank you all.  You may contact us with additional questions or concerns.


Happy Trails,


Race Directors,

Julie and Eric Wilson         Alison and Walt White


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Lake Lurleen State Park

13226 Lake Lurleen Road

Coker AL  35452

$ 4.00 Entry Fee per Person  **note increase!!



Attention 50K Runners:

There are 3 checkpoints on the course.  Those that do not arrive at the checkpoints by the cut off times WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.  NO EXCEPTIONS. 

                               15.5 MILES:  Start / Finish Area                 4 h 30 m

                                20.1 MILES:  Boat Rescue 1                     5 h 50 m

                                25 MILES:     Boat Rescue 3                     7 h 15 m

TIME LIMITS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED!  This is not a hike.  Cut off times will be enforced for your safety and to meet Lake Lurleen State Park guidelines.  Runners that miss the cut off times for Boat Rescue Points 1 and 3 will be transported back to the start/finish line by boat.  

25K Runners will have it a little easier.... you must arrive at the Finish Area (without assistance) before 4 pm to receive a finishers award.  

50K Runners will have the option to stop at the 25K Finish Line if they choose to do so.  Once that runner crosses the 25K Finish Line, their decision becomes final.  



Medical assistance will be provided by the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department.  Communication will be provided by the Tuscaloosa Area Radio Club (TARC).  

There will be 5 aid / check-in stations.  They are located at the North Trailhead, Boat Rescue Points 1, 2, and 3 and the South Trailhead.  Aid stations will have fluids, salty stuff, sweet stuff and our FAMOUS hot potato logs.

Boat rescue points will arrange transportation back to the finish area if necessary.


Packet pick up will be on Friday, January 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Wagner's Walk/Run located at Midtown Village, 1800 McFarland Blvd, Tuscaloosa. 

You may also pick up your packet on Race Day from 5:30 - 6:30 a.m. at Lake Lurleen State Park's South Trailhead pavillion.   NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

Your packet will contain a long-sleeve tech shirt (late registrations are not guaranteed a shirt) and other goodies.  

All 50K / 25K runners MUST check in on Saturday morning at the South Trailhead Pavillion by 6:45 am CST.  You will receive your race number upon check in. 


The 50K / 25K races will begin at 7 a.m. CST  

All 4 mile runners must check in by 7 a.m. The 4 mile race will begin at 7:15 a.m.



There will be no race day registrations!


All participants:  

Your race number must be worn on the front 

and visible at all aid stations.

It is recommended that runners carry at least one water bottle on the course.

If you drop out of the race, you MUST stop at one of our aid stations and let one of the race officials know that you do not plan to continue. 


There will be no awards ceremony.  You are responsible for picking up your award  at the awards table at the South Trailhead pavillion.

50K Awards

Overall Male and Female

Open M / F   39 and under           Top 3

Masters M / F  40 - 49                    Top 3

Grand Masters M / F  50 - 59       Top 3

Grander Masters  M / F  60+        Top 2

25K Awards

Top 5 Males and Top 5 Females

4 Mile

Overall Male and Female

RACE TIMING Provided by the Tuscaloosa Track Club

A special thanks to WAMBA and

all they do to keep our trails in great shape!

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The Nicholas Wilson Foundation, 

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in honor of son Nicholas Wilson 

and is dedicated to providing financial support to various children’s programs and charities throughout West Alabama.

The Nicholas Wilson Memorial Tashka Trail Race

is sponsored by the

following generous supporters


The Law Firm of

Eric Wilson, LLC

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Elizabeth and Patrick Hamner

Mia Irby, DMD, PC

Brock & Anne Jones

Jeff Patterson & Valery Minges

Erin & Curtis Tucker

Bill & Elly Tucker

Robert S. Plott, LLC
Tom & Susan St. John

Phil & Melony Maughn

Avery and Conan Young


Hans and Michelle Crouse

The deGraffenreid Girls

Heath Holden

Lake Lurleen State Park

Mary M. Kelly

Mandy Marshall

Tilla Marshall

The Mashburn Family

Dr. David Nelson

Mount Olive Fire & Rescue

Pam & Larry Pierson

Mary Linda Sullivan, DMD

TARC (TuscaloosaArea Radio Club)

Dr. Steven Tucker

The Yother Family

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