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Grand Viduta Stage Race

Three Days of Trail Run Glory

Event Postponed

This event has been postponed from Apr 24-26, 2020 to Oct 2-4, 2020

COVID-19 Event Changes

After discussions with the state park and following the CDC's latest recommendations, we are going to postpone the 2020 Grand Viduta Stage Race to Friday October 2nd - Sunday October 4th, 2020. For the latest updates and options please visit our COVID-19 RunningLane Events Update page here: http://www.runninglane.com/runs/covid-19-runninglane-events-update

Monte Sano Mountain  -  Huntsville AL 

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Full 43 mile Grand Viduta: Early registration $120 until Feb 23th, open registration $145 from March 1st thru April 21st.   

Mini Grand Viduta: Early registration $100 until Feb 23th, open registration $125 from March 1st thru April 21st.   

Single stage entry is for SATURDAY ONLY and is $60 until Feb 23th, then $70 from March 1st thru April 21st.


2014 Grand Viduta Stage Race

Stages start at 7:00 am each day

Welcome to the greatest off-road challenge in the South. This is an event that welcomes every level of participant and is sure to challenge anyone who comes to the starting line.

A spectator-friendly course with three races Friday April 24 through Sunday April 26, 2020. Course aid will be provided by 3 aid stations each day, and family entertainment will be provided daily at the start/finish paddock. Entertainment to include playground, cookouts, kids events, and hopefully some live music.

Post-race gatherings/parties all three days!!

PACKET PICKUP

Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet Huntsville on Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00 until 5:00pm. This year all 3 bib numbers will be issued at once to reduce the lines for check in each morning.  Check-in between 6:00am and 6:45am at the race start area.

Land Trust of North Alabama

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY HYDRATION WITH THEM. This is required of us so we have no choice. You can have a bottle, a hand-held, a Camelback...it's your choice. But you will need to have something.

For everyone: super sweet
custom finishers medals worthy of the great accomplishment of completing this event, Age Group awards, door prizes, and any other swag we can come up with by race day(s).

RULES
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. The race is sanctioned by the USATF and will be run in accordance with their rules in addition to our own.
5. 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.

THE COURSE

Put on your big-kid shorts. The course will be challenging, including hills, extended climbs, downhills, technical sections. +95% off-road on soft surfaces - no shin splints here! Some asphalt will be included at the start of each stage to help with spacing of participants. Course maps are posted below, but may change with respect to weather.

For the full GVSR  race distances are 13, 16, and 14 miles individually, with a three day total of 43 miles.  You might ask "why is this race so short???"  This is a very difficult race over uniquely challenging courses.  We set the distance so anyone can finish, but it will be tough enough for anyone. 

New in 2020 is the "3 Day Mini Stage Race" which will feature shorter distance options (Friday: 6 miles, Saturday: 7.2 miles, Sunday: 5.3 miles) for those not yet ready for the 43 Mile Grand Viduta Stage Race. 

Become a donor to the trails that graciously allow this event: the Land Trust of North Alabama, and the Monte Sano State Park!

 

CUTOFF TIMES 

Cutoffs will be around 5 hours each day, and may be adjusted depending on race day conditions.  These are not black/white hard cutoffs - if you're making solid progress we will try to keep you out there and give you the chance to finish.  However if you are not making reasonable progress to stay under the cutoff we may ask you to excuse yourself.  The volunteers can't stay out there all day so, please, be respectful.  If you are behind the sweeper, you are officially outside of the race and operating un-supported.  Cutoff progress will be checked at aide stations.

 The full spread of "normal" trail runner foods will be available.  We do our best to provide gluten free and vegan options as well.

TIMING 

Your time will be the total of all 3 days. To qualify for overall awards you must complete all three stages, and must start at the same time as everyone else. Pre-running will not be counted as an official result. Participants are welcome to run in any single event without completing all three.  Your bib numbers will be chip timed.


COURSE MAPS 

*course maps subject to change. Grand Viduta Stage Race:
Day 1: https://www.strava.com/routes/17602927
Day 2: https://www.strava.com/routes/18466787
Day 3: https://www.strava.com/routes/18466803

Mini Viduta Stage Race:
Day 1: https://www.strava.com/routes/23311481
Day 2: https://www.strava.com/routes/23311537
Day 3: https://www.strava.com/routes/23311774

 

Click Here for Elevation Profiles

Aide Stations
Stage 1 - Tollgate Rd trailhead (4.4 and 11.1 mi), Tollgate trail intersection to Fearn Avenue (9.2 mi)
Stage 2 - Sinks/Mtn Mist trail intersection (3.1 mi), Hiker's parking lot (8.3 mi), and Sinks/Mtn Mist trail intersection (12.8 mi)
Stage 3 - O'Shaughnessy Point (2.6 mi and 6.3 mi), and Natural Well at the Panorama Drive access (11.8 mi)

Course Videos
Courtesy of jeepman211


Results - ALL Runners including individual stage splits:
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REFUND & DEFERRAL POLICY 

There are no refunds, deferrals, credits or friend / family transfers on entries. We do not mail shirts or medals to participants unable to make the event as left over shirts are donated.



     

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