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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.
Check out this awesome video on Guntersville State Park to get an idea of the beautiful scenery! Fast forward to the 30 second mark.
The race is capped at 350 runners.
UTMB Qualifying Race: The 50k is a UTMB approved qualifying race, worth 1 point. More details at http://www.utmbmontblanc.com
Date: February 12th, 2022
Where: Guntersville State Park: 1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976
Huntsville: 45 miles
Birmingham: 82 miles
Chattanooga: 90 miles
Atlanta: 135 miles
Nashville: 150 miles
Packet pickup will be on Thursday, February 10th 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.
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
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/
For the 5K there will be water only at the 2.3 mile mark.
For the 1/2M there will be aid stations at: 2.6, 4.0, 7.9, 9.2, 11.4 mile marks.
For the 50K there will be aid stations at 2.6, 4.0, 7.9, 9.2, 11.4, 14.7, 16.7, 19.8, 21.2, 25.1, 26.4, 28.7. (Note there are 2 big loops and 1 small loop for the 50K which is why you hit the same aid stations multiple times.)
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 $99.00 for bluff view rooms with two beds and $85.00 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.
Local time: 4:24 AM
You will need to contact the Guntersville State Park Lodge to make reservations: 256-505-6621 or visit: https://www.alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park-reservations. To ensure you get the special discounted rate, please mention you are running Eagle Ridge - GROUP CODE 9062. 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.