“Alabama’s Toughest Trail Race”

Mountain Mist 50K - Alabama’s Toughest Trail Race

…so they say.

As I plan for my second year of ultra training and racing, I am very excited to see I made the list for the Mountain Mist 50K. Touted as “Alabama’s Toughest Trail Race”, I really wanted to tackle this course for my first ultramarathon of the 2008 season. I have heard so many great things about the race and I’m looking forward to pushing myself to a sub-seven hour PR.

2008 Mountain Mist Trail Race

This 31-mile mountain trail race is held in Huntsville, Alabama, at Monte Sano Preserve, and proves to offer all the things I crave in trail races. Rocks, hills, roots, steep inclines and declines and challenging terrain. The Mountain Mist web site breaks it down as follows:

“Expect anything…including cancellation due to inclement weather (the mountain can ice over)! Temperatures can range from 10 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This course consists of extremely rocky mountain trails, mud, and creek crossings. Not to mention the 3526 feet of climbing!! There is a vertical climb on the course that requires the use of your upper body.”

There are cut-offs in this race, similar to Mountain Masochist, but the cut-offs seem more-than-reasonable and while I am not discounting them, I am confident that I will be able to stay ahead of them.

A Talented Field of 50K Trail Runners

There is some great talent scheduled to race Mountain Mist this year. Eric Grossman, 2006 Mountain Masochist winner; Byron Backer, longtime, well-respected ultrarunner AND South Carolina brethren; Greg Goodson, 7th place at Rattlesnake and the dude who introduced me to running on the Appalachian Trail; Dewayne Satterfield, another SE ultra legend; Many of the members of GUTS, of which I am also a member, and many, many more awesome runners. Oh, and who could forget Rob Apple, whom I overheard on the bus heading up to the start of the Mountain Masochist, mention that MMTR was his 503rd ultra. That’s five hundred and three races, all exceeding 26 miles, at the ripe old age of 46. I’m not worthy. …If you run and you are reading this – you probably aren’t either. {wink}

I am kinda bummed to see that Annette Bednosky will not be running this race. She’s sort of a personal favorite of mine as I marvel at how a human being can climb hills and motor through ultra races like she does. Couple that with a humble and genuine personality, and it’s easy to see why she’s a popular favorite.

Mountain Mist Race Elevation Profile

Mountain Mist Race Elevation Profile

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good luck there Christian..

seems like you’ve taken up ultra racing since the encore tickets days..

hope all is well..


You are amazing Christian! That elevation profile would give me nightmares! Keep up the fabulous work..

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