Saturday, Mar 22, 2014
This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 22, 2014

The Madness Description

PARK ENTRANCE FEE INCLUDED IN PRICE! The McKay Hollow Madness Trail Run is a 25ish kilometers (15.5ish miles) of mostly single track trail. There is also a 12ish kilometer (7ish miles) run. Depending on the distance you choose, you'll experience the "madness" of some of the most notorious sections of the Sinks, Panther Knob, Stone Cuts, Mountain Mist, Goat, Warpath Ridge, McKay Hollow, Arrowhead and Natural Well trails. This is a technical race with several difficult climbs and descents. 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 South Monte Sano Trailhead off of Monte Sano Blvd (~9.8 miles).

The 25K and 12K will start at the same location. This year both distances will go down into the "madness" that is McKay Hollow. At about 6.5 miles, the 25Kers continue left while the 12Kers will trun right to climb out of McKay Hollow on the (in)famous trail section affectionally known as "Death Trail" to the finish.

In the event of rain, prepare yourself for an awesome time in the mud and water. My fondest memories of this race is when the water is flowing.

Warning! This ain't no Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder...This is the McKay Hollow Madness.

Time Limits : For your own safety and respect for the volunteers, there will be STRICT CUTOFF TIMES SET AT BOTH AID STATIONS (1h 45m to Aid Station #1 and 3h 15m to Aid Station #2). IF YOU ARRIVE AT EITHER AID STATION AFTER THE POSTED CUTOFF TIME YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. THE FINAL FINISH CUTOFF TIME WILL BE 5 HOURS.

Medical & Aid: Medical assistance will be provided by H.E.M.S.I. There will be TWO aid stations (consult course map) at ~5.1 miles and ~9.8 miles. THIS IS A CUPLESS RACE. You are required to you carry a handheld bottle or a water pouch with you the entire run. In addition, be advised that due to COVID no food items will be provided at the TWO Aid Stations. So, if you have any particular caloric needs, you need to remember to pack it in and out.

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



Packet pick-up up Friday at Fleet Feet Huntsville 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802 from 10-6 pm and Saturday morning at Monte Sano before race starts.

COVID Procedures

The Huntsville Track Club is committed to the safety. We are following the guidelines of the CDC and monitoring the situation in our community. Below are the rules to be followed at the McKay Hollow Madness Trail Run to minimize the threat of COVID before, during and after the run:

For participants:
Do not participate if you are feeling sick, have a fever, or if you have been in contact with COVID within the past 10 days
Do not participate if you have tested positive for COVID and it has NOT been:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications or
  • Other symptoms of COVID are NOT improving (e.g. loss of taste, smell etc)
Persons from high risk groups for COVID complications should consult their physician before participating
If, after the Madness, you should test positive within 10 days, please notify the RD.

Race Start:
No "wave" starts this year, all participants from each race will start at the same time.
25K distance will begin at 7AM.
12K distance will begin 30 minutes after.
Runners will be 6 feet apart while in starting area


Aid stations shall be minimal:
Bottled water and Gatorade only
There will be NO food items
Aid stations will be self-service with water and Gatorade spaced out to avoid crowding in one area
If you require any special hydration/food, you must carry it yourself!

Post run activities:
There will be no post run beer this year.
Finishers awards and finish line food shall be managed in a socially distanced “checkout line” fashion.
Results will be posted online.

Course Map

  • Official 12K Course Map

  • Official 25K Course Map
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  • HotWingRunner's 2013 Race Report
  • 2016 Race Video
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