Saturday, December 7, 2019
Hazel Green High School
All races begin at 7:30am
Choose from one mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, 50K or 50 miles. Generous time limit, tons of support, mostly flat course, relaxed atmosphere. Test your abilities – and have a bunch of fun doing it – at the inaugural Awesome Possum! Join us on the Trojan Trail around Hazel Green High School, just north of Huntsville, during our full-day running party!
The course is a 3.1 mile loop around the grounds of Hazel Green High School. It is gravel right now, but there is a possibility it may be asphalt by race day, so plan for both and we’ll keep you posted! It is mostly flat, with some very short, small inclines and declines – we don’t think they are big enough to be called hills, but they are what make this course not completely flat.
Walkers and slower runners are welcome and encouraged to join us! The multiple loop course means you’ll never be left behind. Time limit of 14(ish) hours for all distances…we’ll start packing things up at 14 hours, but if you’re still moving forward, we’re not going anywhere. We want to see you finish!
All runners receive an oversized coffee mug as their race “swag” (with the option to choose a cotton t-shirt instead), a tree seedling, a finisher’s medal for all distances, all the food you can eat from Saturday morning until the last runner finishes, and a rocking good time!
A tree seedling? Really? Yes, really. Hazel Green High School is working on planting trees along the trail, so not only will YOU receive a seedling to plant at your own house, a tree seedling in each runner’s name will also be donated to Hazel Green High School to be planted – or YOU can do the planting! – along the trail where we’ll be running. A donation for every runner will be made to Hazel Green High School to use as they see fit. (Special thanks to Principal Long for not only allowing us to use the trail for this event, but also for dreaming up the trail and making it happen!)
We don’t do shirts as normal race swag, but they will be available for purchase both during the registration period and a limited amount will be available on race day.
Food at the aid station to include (but not limited to):
Energy gels, fruit (bananas, oranges, etc.), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, hummus and kalamata olive wraps, quesadillas, various soups and broths including vegetarian options, pickles and pickle juice, a variety of chocolate candy (Snickers, Milky Way, Reese’s peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, etc.), a variety of sugary candy (gummy bears, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Twizzlers, etc.), a variety of cookies, chips, chili, baked potatoes, burgers…we’ve been known to buy a kitchen sink when we go grocery shopping!
Drinks to include Gatorade, water, sodas, coffee, hot chocolate, chocolate milk. Vegans and dairy-free runners, we’ve got you covered with chocolate almond milk.
We also come armed with Vaseline, BioFreeze, basic blister popping supplies, painkillers, salt pills, feminine products, ponytail holders, all the random stuff that helps you get across the finish line.
Any runners expecting to take longer than 10 hours will be required to have a headlamp or flashlight. It will get dark around 5pm.