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Wade Mountain Marathon and Half-Marathon

When:
October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 am
2017-10-22T07:00:00-05:00
2017-10-22T07:15:00-05:00
Where:
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve
10130 Spragins Hollow Rd NW
Huntsville
AL 35810
Cost:
$45 - $75

Overview

North Alabama’s ONLY trail half marathon or 26.2 marathon. Come get some under the brilliant fall foliage of late October. Perfect temperatures and a rarely seen trail, brought to you by the same directors as the excellent Grand Viduta Stage Race. So you know we’re going to do this right and give you a great experience.

Registration

Save $10 with early registration until August 31st at $45 for the Half, and $65 for the Full.
Open registration from September 1st to October 17th at $55 for the Half, and $75 for the Full.

Waitlists will be available if the event sells out.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at Fleet Feet Huntsville from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Participants are welcomed to pick up packets for their friends, but be warned: if your friend loses your packet you may be out of luck. Bib numbers will be included in the packets. Please be careful to bring them with you on race morning!

Late packet pickup will be available on race morning but please be early. Thanks 🙂 Fleet Feet Huntsville is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802

Shirts & Awards

The race shirt will be a hooded sweatshirt! How cool? Age groups will be ten years: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Weather

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 late October) we will delay the start as necessary to avoid lightening or high winds.

However: the Bostick/Fossil loop will see multiple passes. If it rains heavy enough that the trails cannot sustain the event, we may delay, alter the course, or ultimately cancel. The Land Trust will get the final say. Their first priority is the sustainable conservation of the greenspace and we will stand behind that mindset.

Cutoffs

Cutoff for the marathon will be 8 hours. Marathon runners failing to reach the start/finish area around half way (14.8 mi) by 12:45pm will be cut off.

Cutoff for the half marathon will be 6 hours. Safe and appropriate progress will be checked at the aid stations.

The course

Marathon – Devil’s Racetrack to Rock Wall turn left; Rock Wall to Harris moving straight; Harris to Shovelton turn left; Shovelton to Wade Mountain turn left; Wade Mountain to Bostick turn right; make two laps of Bostick and Fossil Bench trails moving in a counter-clockwise direction; re-enter Wade Mountain trail turning right from Bostick; Wade Mountain to Devil’s Racetrack turn left; follow Devil’s Racetrack clockwise then down hill turning left; Devil’s Racetrack to Piney Loop turn left; Piney Loop back to trailhead to complete first lap (14.8 mi). Second lap is Devil’s Racetrack to Rock Wall turn left; Rock Wall to Shovelton turn right; Shovelton to Wade Mountain turn left; Wade Mountain to Bostick turn right; complete one lap of Bostick and Fossil Bench; Bostick to Wade Mountain turn right; Wade Mountain to Devil’s Racetrack turn left; clockwise around Devil’s Racetrack then downhill; Devil’s Racetrack to Piney Loop turn left; Piney Loop to finish.

Half Marathon – Devil’s Racetrack to Rock Wall turn left; Rock Wall to Shovelton turn right; Shovelton to Wade Mountain turn left; Wade Mountain to Bostick turn right; complete two laps of Bostick and Fossil Bench trails moving in a counter-clockwise direction; re-enter Wade Mountain trail turning right from Bostick; Wade Mountain to Devil’s Racetrack proceeding straight downhill to the finish.

Maps

Visit the event website for detailed maps