River Monster 10K / Half Marathon
Welcome to the 2021 River Monster 10K and 1/2 Marathon Trail Run!! This race IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! There will be many safety measures put into place and the State Park is excited to host all of us. Here is a short blog on how we have safely and successfully put on race this summer: https://www.runninglane.com/discussion-board/a-real-life-race-series-during-a-pandemic-heres-how
The race starts at the beautiful Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge along the picturesque Tennessee River. This trail race is designed for both new and experienced trail runners alike. The average temperatures for race day are a low of 36F, high of 56F. Aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, gatorade, coke, pretzels, m&m's, and more. Follow the race on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunningLaneEvents
Where? Joe Wheeler State Park: 4401 McLean Dr, Rogersville, AL 35652
Course Maps & Elevation profiles:
1/2 Marathon: https://www.strava.com/routes/2735957357413256074
Driving distance from:
Florence: 27 miles
Huntsville: 55 miles
Nashville: 115 miles
Birmingham: 116 miles
Chattanooga: 157 miles
Memphis: 185 miles
Atlanta: 263 miles
The race is capped at 300 runners. All runners who sign up for the race will receive a t-shirt and awesome finisher medal.
Packet pickup will be on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 @ Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12-5pm. Fleet Feet is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will race day packet pick up at Joe Wheeler State Park inside the lodge from 630am-745am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!
Shirts & Awards
The race shirt will be a tri blend t-shirt shirt. Age groups will be: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ for the 10K and Half Marathon. ALL runners will receive a sweet finisher medal.
Weather & Cutoffs
These are low-traffic trails, so we expect this race to go off rain or shine. In the event of severe weather (highly unlikely in December) we will delay the start as necessary to avoid lightening. If severe weather threats the entire day and does not appear to let up, we may be forced to cancel. However this is not typical for this area during this time of year.
Average temperatures: Low 36F, High 56F
The cutoff for the 10K is 2hr30min. This works out to be 24:08 min/mi pace. The Half Marathon cutoff is 3hr40min or 16:50 min/mi pace. If you cannot maintain 16min pace we ask that you please consider running the 10k.
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.
The Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge is the best place to stay for the race. The start and finish lines will be within a short walking distance of the Lodge. The rooms are only $80/night and be sure to tell them you are visiting the park to run the River Monster Trail Run!
Local time: 9:51 AM