7/31 update: Chupacabra 10K & Half Marathon Race Day Logistics & Rules for Happy & Healthy Participants
Setting up an event in these unprecedented times comes with a lot of responsibility that we are privileged to have. We love creating a fun experience for our participants, and we ensure you this will still be fun! We just have to take some extra precautions. Please understand that we are operating within guidelines, and rules must be followed with no exceptions. We wanted to outline our added safety procedures and rules so that all participants can responsibly run and enjoy this race!
All participants will be required to sign an additional waiver who participate on August 22nd, 2020. This ensures that you have not been sick, have not been around other sick people or been to any places with large outbreaks in the last 14 days. If you are sick you must stay home and we will mail you your packets and you can participate virtually if your doctor agrees it is okay. Because of this step, there will be no packet pickup for other people. Everyone who is participating must sign the waiver at packet pickup and parents must sign for minors!
Portable bathrooms and park bathrooms with available hand sanitizer
Please stay in vehicles unless you are warming up, using the restroom or picking up your packet. We know you miss your friend Karen and you want to chat, but she is following the rules too.
No warming up on the race course. We are trying to keep our paths as congestion free as possible.
All volunteers will be required to wear a mask or face covering for your safety and comfort.
Our packet pick up will be spaced out, please come within your specified window if you are doing race day pick up.
Chip timed start. If you are warming up, please do not pass the starting line, this can mess with our timing system and you don’t want an inaccurate time.
Waves assigned by race distance (half marathon waves will start first due to heat, 10K will start afterwards) and will also be based on registration order. Please do not ask to change your wave. The only exceptions are for immediate family or individuals living in the same household)
There will be waves of 25 spaced out in 5 minute blocks.
Aid stations will be contactless and bottled water will be provided. Please still bring your own hand bottle or hydration vest because this is Alabama and it is WARM. HALF MARATHONERS, you will be required to have a hand held bottle or pack with you during the race. Please, no exceptions. Last year several people had heat related issues and in the current Covid environment we need to minimize as much contact between other runners, and our EMT trying to help you if you are dehydrated and not feeling well.
When passing runners, please announce yourself so they are aware you are going around. Please pass people respectfully. We believe it is important to be fast and nice! Head phones runners, please only wear 1 headphone so you can hear others calling out behind you to pass.
Finishing / Results
When finishing, please do not congregate in big groups.
Age group awards (virtual participants excluded) will be available for pick up at Fleet Feet the following Wednesday.
Results will be emailed out. We will not print out race results to avoid gathering in groups. The official results won’t even be known until after the last wave and we will email these out to the participants.
Please do not congregate around the timing tent and ask for your time. We know most of you wear a watch as it is, and the official results will be emailed out later.
We ask that you efficiently finish your race, hydrate and return home so that we continue having events and maybe soon get to return back to our post-race party. Until then, air-fives around and a smile and wave!
Wild Thangs Trail Series
Welcome to the Wild Thangs Trail Series! We are excited to introduce a new trail series to the beautiful mountains around Huntsville, AL. This series is designed for both new and experienced trail runners alike. There are 4 races total in the series with both short and long race distances. Starting in June and finishing in August, these 4 races are designed to be competitive, help runners increase their race distances through the hot summer months, and most of all be a ton of fun.
These courses are spectator friendly especially when compared to other trail events. There are several bluff views with beautiful mountain scenery as well as creek crossings, water falls and more
Several aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, Gatorade, coke to GU, pretzels, m&m's, granola bars and more. Follow the race on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunningLaneEvents/
This is the fourth and final race of the Wild Thangs Trail Series.
Where? Monte Sano State Park: 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Course Maps & Elevation profiles:
Half Marathon: https://www.strava.com/routes/12620821
Wild Thangs Trail Series:
June 20th, 2020 - Big Foot: 5K, 10K (https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=73923)
July 11th, 2020 - Jackalope: 4 Mile, 8 Mile (https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=73925)
August 1st, 2020 - Skunk Ape: 5 Mile, 10 Mile (https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=73946)
August 22nd, 2020 - Chupacabra: 10K, Half marathon
Driving distance from:
Florence: 73 miles
Birmingham: 102 miles
Chattanooga: 102 miles
Nashville: 110 miles
Atlanta: 180 miles
The race is capped at 350 runners.
All runners who sign up for the Chupacabra 10K & Half Marathon will receive a t-shirt and finisher award. **The t-shirt is the same shirt for the entire series**
Packet pickup will be on the following days for each race.
Big Foot 5K, 10K: Friday June 19th, 2020 from 12-6pm.
Jackalope 4 Mile, 8 Mile: Friday July 10th, 2020 from 12-6pm.
Skunk Ape 5 Mile, 10 Mile: Friday July 31st, 2020 from 12-6pm.
Chpacabra 10K, Half Marathon: Friday August 21st, 2020 from 12-6pm.
ALL packet pickups will be at Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville. Fleet Feet is located as 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 6:00am - 6:45am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!
Shirts, Awards, Weather & Cutoffs
The race shirt will be a short sleeve tri-blend shirt.
Local time: 9:03 AM
Age groups will be: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+ for ALL races.
In the event of severe weather we will delay the start as necessary to avoid lightening. If severe weather threatens the entire day and does not appear to let up, we may be forced to cancel.
Average Temperatures throughout the summer for Huntsville: Low 65F-75F, High: 85F-95F
There will be very loose cutoffs. Our goal is to get more and more people into this awesome sport that is trail running, no matter what your experience level is. However, we would suggest that if you are not able to maintain 15 minute miles that you please consider doing the Short Series vs the Long Series. There will be a 17 minute/ mile cutoff for Long Series participants.
There are no refunds, deferrals, credits or friend / family transfers on entries. We do not mail shirts or medals to participants unable to make the event as left over shirts are donated.