February 15th, 2020
5K * Half Marathon * 50K
Guntersville State Park - Guntersville, AL
1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976
Early Registration (Until Jan 7th) Late Registration (Jan 8th - Race Day)
|$35 for the 5K||$40 for the 5K|
|$55 for the Half||$60 for the Half|
|$80 for the 50K||$90 for the 50K|
We are excited to bring back the first ultra to Guntersville State Park! Guntersville is a magnificent 6,000+ acre park with over 30 miles of single track trails! Lake Guntersville State Park is also referred to as the most beautiful place in Alabama and the "Crown Jewel" of the Alabama State Park system. This course is very spectator friendly compared to most trail events. There are several park access roads to cheer on friends and family at multiple spots. There are several bluff views with beautiful mountain and lake scenery.
Several aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, Gatorade, coke to GU, pretzels, m&m's, granola bars and more. Follow the race on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunningLaneEvents/
Check out this awesome video on Guntersville State Park to get an idea of the beautiful scenery! Fast forward to the 30 second mark.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will be on Thursday, February 14th at Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12pm - 6pm. Fleet feet is located as 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will be a Friday packet pickup at the Guntersville State Park Lodge from 6pm-8pm. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 6:30am - 7:45am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!
1. Everyone should carry a personal hydration device.
2. Everyone must start with the pack at the official, advertised start time. Pre-running will not be counted as an official result.
3. If you impede another runner's progress or endanger them via tripping hazard or contact, you may be subject to disqualification.
4. Dogs: One dog per runner, please. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Additionally, the dog counts as an extension of you as a person, and rule #3 will apply in extension.
5. The race is sanctioned by the USATF and will be run in accordance with their rules in addition to our own.
6. Other rules may be provided by the race directors prior to the start of the race. In certain situations, failure to follow rules may result in disqualification.
There will be three aid stations: Intersection of Moonshine & Waterfalll, on Closed Road & Graveyard Fire Rd crossing, and at the start/finish area. Aid stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, coke, M&M's, Pretzels, granola bars and more.
5K - 8:30AM:
Loop around parking lot; Right on extension; Right on Butler Pass; Continue on Moonshine; Left on Waterfall; Extension back to finish line. The 5K is actually closer to 3.3 miles.
Half Marathon - 8:00AM:
Loop around parking lot; Right on extension; Right on Butler Pass; Continue on Moonshine; Continue straight on Terrell; Right turn across road to follow Terrell; Left on Graveyard Fire Road; Right on Tom Bevil; Stay Right on Bevil Alt; Right on Graveyard Fire Road; Right on Terrell; Cross road and turn Left; Right on Waterfall; Right on Old still; Continue onto Cascade; Left on Taylor Mtn; Continue on yellow blaze (do not cross road); Right on extension back to finish line.
UTMB Qualification: The 50k is an approved UTMB qualifying race worth 1 point. For official details please visit http://www.utmbmontblonc.com
50K - 8:00AM:
Loop around parking lot: Right on extension; Right on Butler Pass; Continue on Moonshine, continue straight on Terrel; Cross road; Left on Graveyard Fire Road; Right on Tom Bevil; Right on Bevil Alt; Right on Graveyard Fire road; Right on Terrrel; Cross road; Follow trail to the left; Right on Waterfall; Right on Old Still; Continue on Cascade; Left on Taylor Mtn; Continue on yellow blaze (do not cross road); Continue straight to Butler Pass; Continue on Moonshine; Continue straight on Terrell; Right turn across road to follow Terrell; Left on Graveyard Fire Road; Right on Tom Bevil; Stay Right on Bevil Alt; Right on Graveyard Fire Road; Right on Terrell; Cross road and turn Left; Right on Waterfall; Right on Old still; Continue onto Cascade; Left on Taylor Mtn; Continue on yellow blaze (do not cross road); Continue on Butler Pass; Continue on Moonshine; Left on Waterfall; Right on Old Still; Continue on Cascade; Left on Taylor Mtn; Continue on yellow blaze (do not cross road); Right on extension back to finish line.
50K: Consists of 2.5 loops of the Half Marathon course.
Weather & Cutoffs: These are low-traffic trails, so we expect this race to go off rain or shine. In the event of severe weather (highly unlikely in February) we will delay the start as necessary to avoid lightening. If severe weather threatens the entire day and does not appear to let up, we may be forced to cancel. However this is not typical for this area during this time of year.
Average Temperatures: Low: 31F, High: 55F
There will be a cutoff for the 50K at 8 hours. This works out to be 15:28/mi pace. With the 50K course consisting of 2.5 loops, if the runner does not complete the final loop at the cutoff pace, they will be pulled from the event. The 5K and Half marathon do not have cutoffs. NOTICE the 5K race starts at 8:30am, 30 minutes after the 50K and Half.
Post Race Meal & Lodging:
There will be snacks at the finish line such as fruits and cookies. We will also have chili and soup at the finish line.
The Guntersville State Park Lodge is a magnificent resort with fabulous views. ALL runners will receive deeply discounted lodging rates of $85.00 for bluff view rooms with two beds and $75.00 for park side rooms with one queen bed. Rates reflect occupancy by up to 2 people, there is a $10 per person charge for each additional person. Check-in begins at 4:00pm and guests may check out any time before 11:00am.
You will need to contact the Guntersville State Park Lodge to make reservations: 256-505-6621. To ensure you get the special discounted rate, please mention you are running Eagle Ridge - GROUP CODE 7751. You may also make reservations online at https://guestrez.megahotel.com/Hotel/Reservation/Index/P3R24. Please note that a deposit is required for each reservation. Deposits are the sum of one night's lodging plus taxes and are due at time reservation is made.
Volunteers: It takes an army to put on an event like this and we are always needing volunteers. ALL volunteers will receive a RunningLane shirt, food and 25% discount into any future RunningLane events. If you have a family member running and you wish to volunteer, they can use the discount at future races as well.
Parking: The park has asked that everyone park at the Eagles Nest Golf Course parking lot in the designated areas shown in the picture below. When this lot fills up runners may park at the Lodge but this is a last resort to avoid conflict with other park visitors. Runners may use the lobby of the Lodge to stay warm prior to the race but we ask that you get there early to allow for the roughly 5 minute walk from the golf course parking lot. The lodge address is 1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville AL, 35976
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out! Email RD, Will Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.