Saturday, Jan 22, 2000

Mountain Mist

Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville, AL 50K

This Event Took Place Sat. Jan 22, 2000


Online entry at Ultra will open on September 29, 2017 at 8:00am central time. The fee schedule is $65 for Huntsville Track Club members and $70 for all other registrants.

Runners who have completed Mountain Mist 10 times or more are guaranteed entry anytime after registration opens on 9/29 and before registration closes on 12/31/2017 at the standard rate of $70 unless you are also an HTC member. If we reach capacity and you fall into this category and have not registered, please email for special instructions. A list of the 10+ time finishers is noted below.

No paper entry forms will be accepted whatsoever.

Mountain Mist 50km will accept 500 registered runners.

Registration will close on December 31 or when our registration capacity has been reached. At that time we will be checking qualifications for each runner. Those not meeting the requirements will have their entry removed removed from the event with no refund of your application fee.

At that time, we may consider adding additional runners from the waitlist, although there is no guarantee that any runners will be added.

There will be no refunds, no race day registration and no race entry transfers to another runner.

The race management reserves the right to deny entry to anyone not demonstrating an appropriate background in endurance activities which would allow them to complete this race in a safe and timely manner. The entry list will be updated weekly on Ultra Signup.

10+, 20+ Time Finishers

Runners with more than 5 finishes at Mountain Mist 50km (through 2017)
Mountain Mist 50km 10 Year Awards
Mountain Mist 50km 20 Year Awards

Start Time

You must check in on the morning of the race by 7:00am.  The race will start with or without you at 7:30am sharp.

Registration Qualifications

You must have a Mountain Mist entry qualifier, regardless if you are a Huntsville Track Club member or not. Proof of these prior performances is required as part of this registration. Those demonstrating no previous endurance activities will be denied entry or have your entry to this race removed and no refund will be issued. If you have a question about a qualification standard, please contact

  • Any previous Mountain Mist 50km finish
  • Any ultra marathon finish in previous 2 years
  • Any marathon finish under 4:40 in previous 2 years
  • Any 70.3 Triathlon finish under 7:00 in previous 2 years
  • Any 140.6 Triathlon finish in previous 2 years
  • Other endurance running activities on case by base basis


This course consists of extremely rocky mountain trails, mud, and creek crossings, not to mention the 3,872 feet of climbing!! There is a vertical climb on the course that requires the use of your upper body.

Course Maps

A map of the current (updated for 2014) course can be found at here.


Expect anything...including cancellation due to inclement weather (the mountain can ice over)! Temperatures can range from 10 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  The race may be cancelled due to snow and ice conditions. If roads are impassable the race may be cancelled. This situation is beyond our control and is not predictable. The decision to cancel the race will be made by the HTC board.

Special Rules

Please note: Due to our liability insurance and safety concerns the following are not allowed during the race: strollers, baby joggers, skateboards, bicycles, animals, rollerblades, headphones, unauthorized vehicles, unentered runners, etc.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Violators will be DISQUALIFIED.


From I-65 take I-565 East to Memorial Parkway South. Continue South on the parkway and exit onto Governor's Drive. Turn left (East) on Governor's Dr. then drive through downtown and up the mountain. Turn left (North) at the stop light on top of the mountain onto Monte Sano Blvd. Continue on Monte Sano Blvd. to Nolen Dr., the entrance of Monte Sano State Park, which will be on the right (East) side of Monte Sano Blvd. Enter the park and the race start will be down on your right at the second road to your right in front of the Lodge.

Packet Pick Up

Packets can be picked up at the following locations and times.

Fleet Feet Huntsville

  • Thursday, January 25 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
  • Friday, January 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Monte Sano Lodge
  • Friday, January 26, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, from 6:30-7:30 a.m.

  • Contact Dink or Suzanne Taylor by phone at 256-650-7063 or email at for more information.

    Time Limits

    There are three checkpoints along the course with time limits as well as an overall time limit at the finish. Those who do not make the checkpoints in the allowed times or to the finish line before the final time cutoff will be removed from the course. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    1) Mile 16.9 at Fearn Dr in 4 hours 15 minutes (15:05 pace)
    2) Mile 20.9 at the Land Trust Aid Station in 5 hours 15 minutes (15:04 pace)
    3) Mile 24.9 at Trough Springs Aid Station on Monte Sano Blvd in 6 hours 30 minutes (15:40 pace)
    4) Mile 31 at Monte Sano Lodge in 8 hours 30 minutes (16:27 pace)

    TIME LIMITS STRICTLY ENFORCED! THIS IS NOT A HIKE! Cutoff times will be strictly enforced for your safety and to meet the state park guidelines. Any runner who continues after failing to meet the cutoff will be banned from future Mountain Mist Trail Runs.


    Race results will be posted at the Huntsville Track Club website, here on Ultra Signup and appear in Ultra Running Magazine.


    There is no awards ceremony. You are responsible for picking up your award at the awards table inside the Lodge.

    Overall male/female
    Overall male master / female master
    Top 3 in each 5 year age group

    Prerace Dinner

    The pre-race dinner will be held at the Monte Sano Lodge, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. During the dinner, guest speakers answer questions, describe the course in detail and share stories of past years.  

    Pre-paid tickets (ONLY) can be purchased for $10 for adults and $5 for those under age 12. This is not included in the entry fee.

    Post Race Party

    The post race party will be at Toratora's in Hampton Cove starting at 6pm.

    182 Old Highway 431
    Owens Cross Roads, AL, United States
    Phone (256) 536-6100


    Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel and Spa
    800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
    (256) 539-7373
    Group rate ($124) available per night for Friday and Saturday nights

    SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown
    745 Constellation Place Drive SW Huntsville Alabama 35801 USA
    (256) 512-0188
    Ask for the group rate ($99 per night) for Mountain Mist 2016 available per night for Friday and Saturday nights

    Medical and Aid

    The HEMSI HART Rescue Team, and Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit will be providing medical / evacuation assistance again this year.

    There will be six major aid/check-in stations equipped with the usual stuff, water, PowerAde, soda, candy, pretzels and junk.  It is recommended that you carry at least one bottle of fluids with you the entire run.

    Statement on Headphones

    The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Huntsville Track Club encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of its events.We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

    Local time: 1:32 AM


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