Saturday May 11, 2024 • Huntsville, AL
Smoke Rise Trail Run Half Marathon and 10k is an unpaved trail course designed for runners of all kinds. Entering its fourth year of hosting the half marathon and 10k, participants are now becoming familiar with how to navigate the course’s many challenges.
Taking place on the beautiful rolling trails of Burr Oak State Park, Smoke Rise Trail Run’s half marathon features a solid mixture of hiking trails and bridle trails, with several watering hole sitings and creek crossings along the way.
Hilly and hard, runners can expect a variety of physical challenges accompanied by breathtaking views, sites, and sounds amidst the park’s forestry.
This race is a double-looping racing course, beginning at Blevins Gap Land Trust along picturesque Green Mountain with an immediate 200 feet of elevation gain. Once the first climb has been completed, runners can be content knowing that from miles 1 to 5 it’s a descent from 1500 feet all the way down to 700 feet.
Then the real work starts…
At mile 5, runners begin the most major climb of the course for the first of two times on Smokerise Trail. Once complete, you guessed it… It’s an identical rendition of loop #1 until ultimately you find yourself back where you started to complete the 13.1-mile course.
With a hard cap of 250 participants and a generous 7-hour cut-off time for the half marathon, the Smoke Rise Trail Run half marathon is a smaller event than most, so no need to be concerned about stepping on your fellow participants’ feet. Just remember to bring your own water bottle for this race is a “cupless race”.
Each of the 250 participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt at registration as well as a finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Set in the north of the state, only 25 miles from Tennessee, the city of Huntsville, in early May, provides ideal running conditions with average high temperatures of 76ºF to 81ºF and lows between 53ºF to 58ºF. With minimal rainfall (around 4 inches for the month), it’s a fantastic time for runners to enjoy the warmth of early spring while taking full advantage of the city’s outdoor amenities.
On race day (March 11), the average low is 59ºF and the average high is 81ºF.
Smoke Rise Trail Run Half Marathon & 10k Race Results
Smoke Rise Trail Run Half Marathon Course Map
See the race route map for the Smoke Rise Trail Run half marathon course map here.
The half marathon start time is 7:00 AM.
To reserve your spot in the 2024 Smoke Rise Trail Run Half Marathon and 10k, you can use the registration link here.