Saturday, Jan 24, 2009

Mountain Mist

Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville , AL 50 Kilometers

This Event Took Place Sat. Jan 24, 2009


Online entry at Ultra will open on October 4, 2013 at 8:00am central time.   

No paper entry forms will be accepted.

In honor of the 20th running of Mountain Mist 50km, we will take 500 registered runners.  There will be NO WAITLIST.  Last year we reached our 400 runner capacity within 12 hours.

You must have a Mountain Mist entry qualifier: Runners registering must have completed Mountain Mist 50km before or have finished another ultra (of any distance longer than 26.2 miles by definition) or have finished a marathon (road or trail) in under 4:40 in the past 24 months. Proof of these prior performances is required.  Those demonstrating no previous endurance activities will be denied entry or have your entry to this race removed.

Registration Fee is $65 for non Huntsville Track Club Members.  Registration will close on Dec 1 or when 500 have registered.  A special discount will be offered to Huntsville Track Club Members of $5.  You must be a track club member before you sign up to receive the discount.  If a non member selects the member price, you will be removed from the event with no refund of your application fee.

No refunds, ABSOLUTELY NO race day registration and NO race entry transfers to another runner.  There will be no wait list after registration has been closed.

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.

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.


This course consists of extremely rocky mountain trails, mud, and creek crossings, not to mention the 3526 feet of climbing!! There is a vertical climb on the course that requires the use of your upper body.

Course Maps

 Course maps 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 Farenheit.  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.


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

Packet pickup will be at the Monte Sano Lodge on Friday, January 24, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Race announcements will be made at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Lodge.  Packets may also be picked up on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Monte Sano Lodge.   Contact Dink or Suzanne Taylor by phone at 256-650-7063 or email at for more information.

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.

Time Limits

There are three checkpoints on the course. Those who do not make the checkpoints in the allowed times will be removed from the course. NO EXCEPTIONS!

16.9 mi, Fearn Dr. 4:15:00
20.9 mi, Land Trust 5:10:00
24.9 mi, Monte Sano Blvd. 6:30:00

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 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. 

Open Men 39 U under: Top 10, Women top 3
Master Men 40-49: Top 10, Women top 3
Grand Master Men 50-59: Top 5, Women top finisher
60 and over Men: Top finisher, Women top finisher

Runners finishing under 8:15:00 will receive a special Smokey Mt. slate finishers' award! Pick up finisher award inside the Lodge at the awards table.

Prerace Dinner

The pre-race dinner will be held at the Monte Sano Lodge, January 24 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

There will be a post race party at Duffy's Deli, located at 2324 Whitesburg Dr in Huntsville, AL. This is not included in the entry fee.


The Embassy Suite Downtown (next to the Holiday Inn) will have Suite Rooms available for $119. This is a double or king room with sleeper sofa bed. Breakfast in the morning beginning at 6:00 a.m.
(256) 539-7373
800 Monroe St Sw, Huntsville, AL

The Spring Hill Suite behind the Embassy Suites will have Suite Rooms available for $99. This is a double or king room with sleeper sofa bed. Breakfast in the morning beginning at 6:00 a.m.
(256) 512-0188 - Constellation Place Drive SW · Huntsville, Alabama 35801 USA

Holiday Inn Express
The hotel is located 3 miles West of downtown on University Drive.
3810 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
The toll free reservation line is 256-721-1000.
Rate: $75

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.

Local time: 9:01 PM


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