Mississippi 50 Trail Run

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Mississippi 50 Trail Run
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The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 is held in early March each year on the Longleaf Horse Trail in the De Soto National Forest just south of Laurel, MS. The race was moved from Leland to Laurel in 1996 by Carl Touchstone, a local dentist and accomplished ultra runner. This years race will be the 24th anniversary of the race in Laurel, and the 20th that commemorates Carl's untimely death due to cancer.
50 Miles, 50K and 20K
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Sat, Mar 7, 2020
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Laurel, United States
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Where and when
Laurel, MS, USA
Start times
Saturday, Mar 7, 2020
50 Miles: 6:00 AM50K: 6:00 AM20K: 8:00 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Mississippi 50 Trail Run
50 Miles
Route information
The Longleaf Horse Trail: The course features soft dirt trails, pine needle paths, and fire roads on 12.5 and 6.1 mile loops through the piney woods. The 20 K runners do the long loop and are finished. The 50K runners run the big loop twice, and finish on the small loop. The 50M runners do the big loop three times and the small loop twice. Note that since all 50K and 50 Mile runners come by the start area several times, they can leave a drop bag with extra socks, a change of shoes, or special goodies in the area provided. Plenty of parking along the entrance road and in the campground means you can even go by your car on each loop.
What's included
Each entrant will receive a tech t-shirt. Trophies are awarded to the top several male and female runners in each race. A finisher memento useful to a runner (e.g.: running cap, or gloves or bottle) is given to each finisher. 50 mile finishers also receive a handsome belt buckle. Food and refreshments will be available to each finisher, and hopefully pleasant weather will make relaxing at the picnic grounds with your friends very enjoyable.
How to get there
Event day logistics
There is a 12 hour time limit (dictated by the NFS permit) for both the 50K and 50 Mile events. The cut-off for the 50 milers to finish three 12.5 mile loops and start their first 6.1 mile loop is 8:45 elapsed, 2:45 pm, and the cutoff for everyone to start their last 6.1 mile loop is 10:15 elapsed time, 4:15 pm.
It is a rainy time of year in Mississippi, and there are a lot of small creeks on the course. If it's been dry you can step across them, but if it's been rainy they could be knee deep. Hot dry feet are not usually a problem.
The 50 K and 50 Mile runs begin together promptly at 6 am in surreal predawn darkness. Lights are not necessary as the first mile is on smooth double-track, and by then dawn is breaking. The 20K folks start at a civilized 8 am, so they finish just in time for an early lunch. Well supplied aid stations are positioned every two to four miles with easy crew access, so no one has to worry about dehydration or lack of calories. Hammer Nutrition (e-caps) is one of our sponsors and provides the aid station energy drink. If you have not tried Heed yet, you may want to test it during training to be sure it you like it, but most folks do.
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