Oak Mountain State Park http://apr.org en Outdoor Athletes Converge on Ala Park for Race http://apr.org/post/outdoor-athletes-converge-ala-park-race <p>Hundreds of athletes are converging on Alabama's largest state park for a major competition this weekend.</p><div><p>About 1,000 pro and amateur athletes will be at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham beginning Saturday for the XTERRA Southeast Championship.</p><p>The triathlon includes a one-mile swim, a 20-mile mountain bike ride and a 10k off-road run through woods just a few miles south of Birmingham.</p><p>This is the eighth straight year the regional competition has been held at Oak Mountain, which is considered one of the top mountain-biking destinations in the nation.</p> Sat, 18 May 2013 14:28:53 +0000 The Associated Press 30650 at http://apr.org Outdoor Athletes Converge on Ala Park for Race Large Burn Planned at Alabama's Biggest State Park http://apr.org/post/large-burn-planned-alabamas-biggest-state-park <DIV> <P>There's going to be a big fire at Alabama's largest state park, but it's all part of a plan.</P> <P>Officials say they will ignite at least 130 acres at Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham on Thursday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:56:44 +0000 The Associated Press 26669 at http://apr.org Large Burn Planned at Alabama's Biggest State Park