Wrap up the year with all of your running friends! Recover From The Holidays is an old fashion, no-frills, low-cost 50Km run each year on New Years Eve at the Huntsville Cross Country Running Park. This 3 mile loop course features 3500' of elevation change over 31 miles and with weather always a factor, this race is no walk in the park. This race is the final event in the calendar year for the Huntsville Track Club. There is a strict 8 hour cut off time for the race. No runners will be allowed to start a new lap after 3:30 PM. Anyone finishing after 4:00 pm will not be counted in the official results. Race starts at 8 AM.
The 50km course consists of a 1 mile out and back followed by ten (10) loops of the 3 mile course at the Huntsville Running Park. The footing is hard packed dirt with rocks and roots mostly with some short sections on crushed stone. The course runs on the edge of the golf course with the first and last section across a grassy field. The 3 mile loop slowly climbs for the entire first mile (about 80' of elevation gain) followed by a steep downhill toward the highway. From there it is a small loop, always staying to the left, before returning to the base of the hill. After climbing the hill and topping out, the winds its way back on itself through the 2nd mile mark and back toward the start. The only deviation on this out and back course is the last section, where runners exit the woods and stay north along the fence line to make a loop of the field, before rejoining the out portion of the course, and back to the start. The miles are marked with signs and the arrows along the course guide runners which direction to take.
There will be a single aid station at the start of each 3 mile loop. Typical ultra-running fare will be offered including water, HEED, MM's, chips, etc. You are encouraged to carry or use your own water bottle so that we can try to minimize the amount of paper cups used. You may also bring your own table/chair to set up at the turn around with your own supplies.
Local time: 3:15 AM