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Dizzy Fifties Trail Run Information

Packet pick-up is this Friday at Fleet Feet.

Please note: For the safety of all runners and due to liability insurance requirements the following are not allowed during the race: strollers, baby joggers, skateboards, bicycles, animals, roller blades, headphones, iPods, MP3 players, unauthorized vehicles, unentered runners, animals, etc. Anyone violating this policy will be DISQUALIFIED (no posting in results, no awards, no refunds). Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.  top


Latest News: Loops must be run in the proper order (i.e., L,N,S,N,S,N,S,...) to be eligible for a finisher's award. A runner who realizes their mistake can correct it, but the timing table will not be responsible for keeping up with which loop each runner is on: that is the responsibility of each individual runner.

No changes are forseen for the course.  top


Distance: The Dizzy Fifties is 50 kilometer trail run with 40 and 50 mile options.

Little Loop2.30
North Loop4.00
South Loop5.59
1 Lap*11.89
2 Laps21.48
3 Laps31.07
4 Laps40.65
5 Laps50.24

*The little loop is only done at the beginning of the first lap. Afterwards, everyone runs the same North and South Loops.


Location: The Pavilion adjacent to the Park Office of the Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL.

From I-65, take I-565 east to Huntsville. Take the South Memorial Parkway exit, and then exit off the Parkway at the Governor's Drive exit. Turn left (east) underneath the Parkway onto Governor's, and head through town towards the mountain. When you get to the California Street intersection, it is 3 more miles to the top of Governor's. There, you will take a left at the light at Monte Sano Boulevard. Continue on this until you see signs for the park; turn right on Nolen Avenue, and it is about 1 mile to the park entrance. Continue into the park on Nolen until the road forks; the Park Office is just ahead on the left fork, and there is parking to the right or left.  top


Course description: A 9.59 course consisting of a northern loop on the Blue Trail with extensions on the Mountain Mist Trail and the Sinks Trail (~4.00 miles), and a southern loop on the White Trail and various single-track bike trails between the Hiker's Parking Lot and O'Shaughnessy Point (~5.59 miles). The course has been rolled with a wheel, so the distances should be fairly accurate.

The northern loop is the hillier of the two, with one long downhill section, and one long uphill section. Elevation data will be available later, but this is nothing like the Mountain Mist - very much flatter / easier! I have been told by Joe Kallo that the total elevation gain for the 9.59 mile loop is 700 feet.

The southern loop is extremely flat, following the White Trail and a number of the new bike trails that have been cut in the area inside the White Trail loop.

The southern loop has 0.3 miles of paved road, 0.75 miles of fine gravel / dirt road, and the rest is dirt trails with a lot of it being single-track trails. The northern loop has two sections of paved road totaling 0.2 miles, 0.1 miles of small gravel footpath, and the rest is dirt trails, with the majority being single-track trails.

A little loop, run before the first big loop only, is 2.3 miles long, with the first 0.1 miles on pavement, the last 0.1 miles on gravel, and the remainder on dirt trails.  top


Time constraints: The park is only open from sunrise to sunset. According to the U. S. Naval Laboratories, sunrise is at 6:24 a.m. and sunset is at 4:39 p.m. so this will be a 10 hour race. We will start at 6:30 a.m. and impose cutoff times as follows:

  • 3:30 p.m. - starting sorth loop of 5th lap;
  • 3:00 p.m. - starting any other loop/lap.
The cutoff times are firm; we need to make sure everyone is off the trail by 4:30 p.m. to prevent wearing out our welcome at the park! The clock will be left running after 4:30, but the race director reserves the right to pull someone from the course if it is clear that they are not going to be finished anywhere near 4:30 p.m.  top

Aid provided: Aid will be provided, but probably limited to: bananas, peanut butter and honey/jelly sandwiches, pretzels and/or salty crackers, bite-sized candybars, and Poweraid and water. However, because parking is adjacent to the aid station, it will be very easy for runners to access their custom-made burritos, turkey and avocado roll-ups, sushi, and other exotic foods they wish to bring.


Cost: The entry fee is as follows:

This race will be limited to the first 108 entrants.  top

Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet Sports, located at 2750 Carl T Jones Drive, in the Valley Bend Shopping Center, from the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15th. Packets can also be picked up before the start of the race, starting at 6 a.m.  top


Facilities: There are separate men's and women's bathrooms at the Park Office, which is directly adjacent to the start of the run. These will be open starting at 6:00 a.m. There are also bathrooms at the Country Store, approximately 50 yards from the aid station.  top


Lodging: For those interested in staying within the State Park, there are cabins for rent, as well as RV hookups and primitive campsites. Contact the Park Office at (256) 534-3757 for more information.  top


Trail Etiquette: A few items are worth mentioning:



A t-shirt will be provided to all participants.

A finisher's award will be provided to all runners completing a distance of 50K or more.

Results will be posted on the website, and will be submitted to ultrarunning.  top