Mountains-to-Sea Trail 12M & 50K Challenge
2021 RACE IS ON!
APRIL 10 & 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10: 12-Mile @ 8:00am (do not arrive at park before 7:00am!)
Sunday, April 11: 50-Km @ 7:30am (do not arrive at park before 6:30am!)
*NEW FOR 2021 ONLY* Both races will be out-and-back on the MST, starting and finishing at Blue Jay Point Park to eliminate the need for shuttles. Both races will have a wave start to distance runners and will comply with all current COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. You can review our race-specific guidelines here.
Join us for the 12th annual MST 12M & 50K Challenge! The race course will follow beautiful single track of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) as it winds through the woods around Falls Lake in Raleigh, NC.
You can expect that we will setup a well-marked course, stocked aid stations, accurate results, and a good time! We will do our best to make sure you enjoy your experience!
This is a trail race: very different than a road race. You will be exposed to many obstacles you would not normally see in a road race. The course is a single-track hiking trail, so there are roots, rocks, quick turns, logs, woodland critters, and possibly water to avoid. There are plenty of aid stations and volunteers on the course, but if it’s a hot day or if you think you need more fluids, we highly recommend carrying your own.
We ask that you do not run with your dog, run with an unregistered pacer, run with headphones, run with a jog stroller, and, of course, do not litter on the trail.
Register & Volunteer
April 10 & 11, 2021
12M Race: April 10 @ 8:00am
50K Race: April 11 @ 7:30am
[RACE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED]
Not planning to run? PLEASE SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER! Thank you!
Parking & Start/Finish
Both the 12M (April 10) and 50K (April 11) will start and finish at Blue Jay Point County Park.
Parking is available throughout the park; please pay attention to signs and volunteers. Both races will start in the large field across from the main parking lot.
Aid stations and crew access points will be located approximately every 3 miles on the course. Water, ROCTANE (GU electrolyte drink), GU energy gels, and basic first aid supplies will be available at all aid stations. Plenty of food and refreshments will be available at the finish. 50K aid stations will be stocked with pre-packaged snacks and fruit (i.e. pretzels, trail mix, candy, oranges, bananas).
Restrooms facilities and porta-jons are available at Blue Jay Point County Park (start/finish).
Additional restroom facilities are at the 50K turn-around at Falls Lake Dam.
Drop bags will be issued to 50K runners only. Bring these to the race start. These bags will be available for 50K runners at the turn-around and again at the finish area.
The 50K race has an 8-hour time limit.
The 12M race has a 3.5 hour time limit.
Virtual Race Logistics
Registered to run virtually? Here’s how it works:
- Complete either 12 miles or 50 kilometers anywhere along the the MST by April 10, 2021!
Your 12M or 50K effort must be all at once; not broken up over multiple days. [Please ensure your run is supported and/or you carry plenty of fluids!]
- Pickup your race packet during regular packet pickup dates/times.
- Submit your GPS/Garmin/Strava data by 11:59pm on April 10, 2021. Submit your results at this link.
– Both the 12M & 50K events will start and finish at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. Parking and restrooms are available at the park.
– Both the 12M & 50K events are out-and-back on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST)
– The race course is located within Segment 10 between mile markers 59 & 74.
– The majority of the MST is single track trail in the woods with the exception of causeways where the MST intersects or parallels road/pavement
– Follow white blazes the entire way! [50K runners: pay attention to additional flagging/directional signage near the turn-around at Falls Lake Dam]
Packet Pickup Details
Pre-Race Packet Pickup:
Thursday, April 8: 4:00-6:00pm @ Bull City Running – South Durham
Friday, April 9: 4:00-6:00pm @ Bull City Running – Downtown Durham
Race Day Packet Pickup
Saturday, April 10: 7:00am-8:00am @ Blue Jay Point County Park
Sunday, April 11: 6:30am-7:30am @ Blue Jay Point County Park
Parking & Accommodations
Parking Directions for 12M & 50K Participants:
All participants will park at Blue Jay Point County Park. This will be the start and finish area for 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: The park opens at 6:30AM. Gates will be locked before this time. Please do not arrive before 6:30AM.
Restrooms are available inside the park.
COURSE MAP details all race locations.
If you are interested in maximizing your outdoor experience, there are two camping locations in the Falls Lake Recreation Area: Shinleaf and Holly Point campgrounds. Please check the website for details and reservations!