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Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon - 80km

About Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs

he 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. The 2019 race will be the 23nd anniversary of the race in Laurel, and the 19th that commemorates Carl's untimely death due to cancer. 

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. (See change) 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.

Distances

50 Mile

  • 80.467km

50K

  • 50km

20K

  • 20km

Practicalities

Accommodation

LONGLEAF TRAIL Camping Area is at the MS 50 Start / Finish line. Primitive camping with pit toilet but no water.

Aid Stations

Well supplied aid stations are positioned every two to four miles with easy crew access.

Award Medals

Trophies are awarded to the top several male and female runners in each race. 50 mile finishers also receive a handsome belt buckle.

Equipment Storage

Drop bag available at start/finish area.

Maximum Time

12 hrs

Parking

Parking along the entrance road and in the campground.

Refreshments

Food and refreshments will be available to each finisher.

Timing

Chip Timing

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs Route Map

Carl Touchstone Mississippi Trail Runs Route Map

Start:

De Soto National Forest - Chickasawhay Ranger District

De Soto National Forest,us

Overview

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 50M runners do the big loop three times and the small loop twice.

NOTE: The 50 milers usually run the big orange loop three times, then run the small blue loop twice. (In the past, the 50 milers have sometimes run the big loop 4 times). This will make the 50 mile run more interesting, and allows a later cut-off for starting the last lap. The 50K runners will run the 20K loop twice, and the 10 K loop once. The 20K folks will run the 20 k loop. The final decision on the course will be made before the Friday night briefing, and will depend on  course condition and where the NFS has done their seasonal burns. The course is not hilly or steep by usual ultra standards.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.