Saturday, Feb 13, 2021

Eagle Ridge

1155 Lodge Dr.

Guntersville, AL 50K, 1/2 Marathon, 5K

Registration closes: Tue, Feb 9 @ 11:59PM

Eagle Ridge 5K / Half Marathon / 50K

From the same directors of the Grand Viduta Stage Race, Wade Mountain & Wild Thangs Trail Series, we are excited to bring back the first ultra at Guntersville State Park! Guntersville is a magnificent 6,000+ acre park with over 30 miles of single track trails! Lake Guntersville State Park is also referred to as the most beautiful place in Alabama and the "Crown Jewel" of the Alabama State Park system. This course is very spectator friendly compared to most trail events. There are several park access roads to cheer on friends and family at multiple spots. There are several bluff views with beautiful mountain and lake scenery.

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/

Check out this awesome video on Guntersville State Park to get an idea of the beautiful scenery! Fast forward to the 30 second mark.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4PWJeQQlU

Overview

UTMB Qualifying Race: The 50k is a UTMB approved qualifying race, worth 1 point. More details at http://www.utmbmontblanc.com

Date: February 13th, 2021

Where: Guntersville State Park: 1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976

Driving distances:
Huntsville: 45 miles
Birmingham: 82 miles
Chattanooga: 90 miles
Atlanta: 135 miles
Nashville: 150 miles

Registration

The race is capped at 300 runners.

There will waves of 50 (starting with 50K, then Half, then 5K) to help spread the field out and maintain proper social distance.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be on Thursday, February 11th at Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12pm - 5pm. Fleet feet is located as 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will be a Friday packet pickup at the Guntersville State Park Lodge from 6pm-8pm. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 6:30am - 7:45am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!

Shirts & Awards

The race shirt will be a long sleeve shirt given the typically cool February weather. Age groups will be ten years: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ for the Half Marathon & 50K. The 5K will have overall male and female only. ALL runners will receive a sweet finisher medal as seen in the pictures above (example 2019 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 February) 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. However this is not typical for this area during this time of year.

Average Temperatures: Low: 31F, High: 55F

There will be a cutoff for the 50K at 8 hours. This works out to be 15:28/mi pace. With the 50K course consisting of 2.5 loops, if the runner does not complete the final loop at the cutoff pace, they will be pulled from the event. The 5K and Half marathon do not have cutoffs. NOTICE the 5K race starts at 8:30am, 30 minutes after the 50K and Half.

The Course

5K - 8:30AM, Course Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/16911238

Half Marathon - 8:00AM, Course Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/16772326

50K - 8:00AM, Course Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/16808521

Lodging

The Guntersville State Park Lodge is a magnificent resort with fabulous views. ALL runners will receive deeply discounted (25% off regular pricing) lodging rates of $97.00 for bluff view rooms with two beds and $83.00 for park side rooms with one queen bed. Rates reflect occupancy by up to 2 people, there is a $10 per person charge for each additional person. Check-in begins at 4:00pm and guests may check out any time before 11:00am.

You will need to contact the Guntersville State Park Lodge to make reservations: 256-505-6621. To ensure you get the special discounted rate, please mention you are running Eagle Ridge - GROUP CODE 8981. Please note that a deposit is required for each reservation. Deposits are the sum of one night's lodging plus taxes and are due at time reservation is made.

Participants will also receive a 10% discount on any of the weekend buffets for runners and their families. (Important to note, we will have chili and soup post race for the runners).

There are no refunds, credits or friend/ family transfers on entries.

Local time: 10:08 PM
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