Saturday, Mar 23, 2024 @ 7:00 AM

McKay Hollow Madness

5105 Nolen Ave SE

Huntsville, AL 25K, 12K

This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 23, 2024

Welcome to the 17th McKay Hollow Madness!

The McKay Hollow Madness Trail Run offers two distances, a 25k (15.5-ish miles) and a 12k (7-ish miles) both of which consist mostly of single track trail. The 25k and 12k will both start at the John Scoble Memorial Pavilion at 7AM. Depending on the distance you choose, you'll experience the "madness" of some of the most notorious sections of Monte Sano, including Sinks Trail, Panther Knob, Stone Cuts, Mountain Mist, Goat Trail, Warpath Ridge, McKay Hollow, Arrowhead and Natural Well Trail. At about 6.5 miles, the 25kers continue left while the 12kers will run right to climb out of McKay Hollow on the (in)famous trail section affectionately known as "Death Trail". This is a technical race with several difficult climbs and descents. In the event of rain, prepare yourself for an awesome time in the mud and water.

Aid: There will be TWO aid stations for the 25k and ONE for the 12k: the first at O'Shaughnessy Point (~5.1 miles) and the other at the Trough Springs Trailhead on Monte Sano Blvd. (~9.8 miles). THIS IS A CUPLESS RACE. You are required to carry a handheld bottle or a water bladder with you. Light aid station fare will be available at both stations.

Time Limits: For your own safety and out of respect for the volunteers, there will be strict cutoff times set at both aid stations.
AS #1 - O'Shaughnnessy Point - 1h 45m - 19:05/mi pace
AS #2 - Trough Springs - 3h 15m - 19:30/mi pace
If you arrive at either aid station after the posted cutoff time, you will not be permitted to continue. Transportation back to MSSP will be available if you are to drop or be cutoff.

Medical: Medical assistance will be provided by HEMSI and the Huntsville Cave Rescue Team.

The finish line will be well stocked with food, water, and soda.

Packet pickup will take place at Yellowhammer Brewing at Campus 805 on March 22nd from 3PM to 7PM. You are also able to pick up your packet from 6AM to 6:45AM the morning of the race.

**Those registering after March 1st may not receive a t-shirt, as they will have already been ordered and printed.**

Preview Runs

Our first preview run will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:30AM from the Hiker's Lot inside Monte Sano State Park. We will be running the 12k course, and all are welcome, you do not have to be a participant in the race to run. The course will not be marked at this time, so it is important to check the course beforehand, a link is provided below. All runners are responsible for their own hydration and nutrition. We hope to see you there!

Course Map

12k Course Map:

25k Course Map:

Hot Links

  • Official Facebook Group
  • HotWingRunner's 2013 Race Report
  • 2016 Race Video
  • Event's current local time: 1:43 AM CT


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