BRAZOS BEND 100

100 mile, 100 mile relay (5 person), 50m, 26.2 marathon, and 13.1 half marathon

dec 9-10th

BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK
21901 FM 762
NEEDVILLE, TX 77461


-WELCOME TO THE FASTEST TRAIL IN THE US-

2016 Caroline Boller 50 Mile Trail Record 5:48:01

2016 Maggie Guterl 3rd Fastest 100 Mile Run in the US 14:47:02


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Brazos Bend course is the fastest trail in Texas trail running. The course is 99.9% flat, and the only hill is 10 feet. Other than that you will be running on flat surfaces that move from hard crushed rock, soft trail under canopy, and easy horse trails. The 50 mile will top out at 300 feet of gain total, and the 100 miler will have 600 feet of gain total.

The Start/Finish will be at the Elm Lake Pavilion.

100M : 6:00 am start - 6x16.74 mi loops
50M : 7:00 am start - 3x16.74 mi loops
26.2M : 7:30 am start - 2x13.1 mi loop
13.1M : 8:00 am start - 13.1 mi loop
ALL: Sunday 12:00 pm end - Cutoff All Races

HOLIDAY COSTUME CONTEST

Featured in this image is one clear winner and a bunch of losers. If you don't want the Grinch to steal Christmas, dress better than him.

Wear something festive! An elf suit, a complete nativity scene with your friends, run a whole race as two people in a reindeer costume, etc. At least wear some reindeer antlers headband. C'mon, it'll be fun! :D

Or I'll tell Santa to put coal in your stocking.

We will award the TOP 3 Costumes a 100% comped entry into any future solo race on the schedule. 


SCHEDULE

Thursday Dec 7th
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Packet Pickup @ TBA

Friday Dec 8th
3:00pm-7:00pm PACKET PICKUP and DROP BAG DROP OFF @ the Brazos Bend State Park Elm Lake Pavilion (Start/Finish area)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Trail Briefing @ Elm Lake Pavilion


Saturday Dec 9th

The park gate will open at 3:00 am. You may pay the park entrance fee on your way out of the park ($7 per person, ages 12 and under free, and no fee if you have a Texas State Parks Pass).

We will be running a shuttle from the Nature Center and overflow parking to the Start/Finish area and back.

4:30 am - 8:30 am Packet Pickup @ Elm Lake Pavillion
3:00 am - 5:30 am Drop Bag Dropoff @ Elm Lake Pavillion
6:00 am Start 100 Miler and 100 miler relay
7:00 am Start 50 Miler
7:30 am Start 26.2 Marathon
8:00 am Start Half Marathon


Sunday Dec 10th
9:00 am 5th loop CUT OFF
12:00pm Final Cutoff – 30hrs
1:30 pm Drop Bags Returned to Elm Lake Pavillion Finish Area

CUTOFFS

The final cutoff for the event is Sunday 12:00 pm at the Elm Lake Pavillion for ALL distances.


AID STATION Locations

100 Miler and 50 Miler
Start, 0 mi
Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.04 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 8.70 mi
Aid Station (Sawmill), 11.90 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 15.10 mi
Finish, 16.8 mi
(do this loop 3 times for the 50 miler, 6 times for the 100 miler)

WHAT'S ON THE TABLE

All aid stations (4) are FULL AID STATIONS and will be full stocked with Texas Style goodies.

Drinks - Gatorade, Water, and Hammer Heed (sponsor)

Red Bull at all aid stations and pre/post race (sponsor)

Sodas - Coke, Ginger ale, and maybe some orange as well.

Electrolytes - Hammer Endurolytes

Sweets - Cookies, Candy, Peanut Butter, Nutella

Salty - Pringles, Trail Mix

PB&Js, Bean burrito rolls, fruit (bananas, oranges, seasonal fruits)

Bearded Brothers Bars (sponsor)

Medical - bandages, vasoline, band aids, etc. ( NO NSAIDS e.g. ibuprofen) 

Trail Toes at all aid stations with tape pre/post race (sponsor)

PM Foods- Quesadillas, Soups, Ramen, Potatoes, and fun concoctions

We will have everything you need at our aid stations and we usually throw in something to make it fun.
We have had sheet cake, pies, watermelon, etc… You never know what the surprise will be!

CUPLESS RACING

We DO NOT have cups at the aid stations for water. We do our best to limit the footprint we leave at races and on the trails, so we will not have any cups for you. We encourage all of our runners to have reusable cups, bottles, and hydration packs to carry water in.


DROP BAGS

You can have a drop bag at all of the aid stations for the 50 mile and 100 mile distances. 

There will be drop bag locations marked at the Elm Lake Pavilion starting Friday night. We will take them out to the course at 5:30am Saturday morning. 

We will return the drop bags around 1:30 pm Sunday as we break down the aid stations.

RELAY/PACERS/CREW

50 miler pacers may have a pacer for loop 3, and 100 milers may have a pacer for loops 5 and 6.  You may only have one pacer at a time. 

Crew is allowed at any aid station. All of them you will need to walk to our mountain bike to.


PARKING

There is a $7 fee per person for entering in the park. Children 12 and under are free. By purchasing a Texas State Parks Pass you will get free unlimited entry into Texas State Parks and discounts on camping as well. 

SHOW UP TO THE PARK 1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR RACE STARTS AS IT IS A BIG PARK AND YOU NEED TO WALK/RIDE THE SHUTTLE

SHUTTLE

We will have a cargo van that will run from the Nature Center to the Start/Finish area. For the most part people walk, but if you have heavy stuff or your legs are hurting we will be more than happy to run you around. There will be a SHUTTLE sign on the van.


LODGING:

THERE IS NO CAMPING AT THE START/FINISH LINE FRIDAY NIGHT but you can setup canopy tents etc. 

We DO have the DINING HALL rented out so you can primitive camp there since usually all camping has already been taken. 

Here is the link to campsite specifics. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/brazos-bend/fees-facilities/campsites

In addition to campsites, the park also offers screened shelters, a cabin, and group facilities.

Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Nature Center, and the George Observatory.

Brazos Bend State Park Activity Guide

Brazos Bend State Park Fishing Tip Sheet 

FOR RESERVATIONS CLICK HERE

 

DIRECTIONS TO PARK

The park is approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Houston. Take Highway 59 South to the Crabb River Road exit. You may also take State Highway 288 south to FM 1462 West. Follow FM 1462 to FM 762 North. If traveling from south of the park, follow State Highway 288 North to the FM 1462 exit or take State Highway 36 to FM 1462 East. All routes are marked with brown signs to guide you.

The Park HQ is located at: 
Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) N:  29° 22' 15.16"
Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) W:  95° 37' 54.58"

AIRPORTS

The closest airport to this race would be William P Hobby Airport


AWARDS

Awards
Top 3 Male and Female in each distance.
Top 2 Masters (50+) in each distance.
Top 3 teams for the relay.

Finisher Awards
Buckles all 100 mi Finishers (3)22-30 hr16-22 hrSUB 16 Hour Buckle
Medals for all 50M, 100M Relay, 26.2M, and 13.1M finishers

All 100 mile runners will receive outerwear for their race swag unless they want a shirt. 

TEXAS TWO STEP

To win the infamous boot mug you have to complete the Brazos bend 50 miler and the Brazos Bend 100 miler in the same calendar year! The 50 miler is in April and the 100 Miler in December.


BREAKING THE 100 MILE TRAIL RECORD

$2000 to the first  male or female who resets the fastest 100 mile time on 100% TRAIL in North America.

12:44:33 IAN SHARMAN

14:22:00 NiCOLE STUDER



BENEFICIARIES

 Brazos Bend Volunteer Organization

Volunteers have been a vital part of Brazos Bend State Park since its opening in 1984. The volunteers organized in 1989, by electing officers and accepting by-laws. We operate as an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The Brazos Bend volunteers have been recognized for the highest number of volunteer hours, 15,821, for any park in Texas. The volunteers have demonstrated teamwork and quality of hours in support of Brazos Bend State Park.

We are a diverse group of individuals with a common interest in nature and the environment.  Our purpose is to assist and educate the visitors of Brazos Bend State Park through information and interpretive programs and to assist in the care and conservation of this 5,000-acre park.


MAPS


PICTURES


VOLUNTEERING

With any race comes a small army that works behind the scenes to make it all happen. We think volunteers are the MOST important part of any race and we do our best to provide them with the best as well. If you have never been on the other side of the table, give it a shot!

Organizing a group to staff an aid station can be a great fundraiser opportunity for your organization. Earn up to $250 for your cause or that money can be used towards travel expenses among the members of your group, use it however you see fit.  

Volunteer Shifts Range from 4-8 hours depending on the event.

All of our volunteers will receive:

Free park entry, an area to camp,  race merchandise, and a provided meal on race day.

In Addition to this:

*If you volunteer for (1) Shift at any race you will get 50% off registration for any of our events in the future.

** If you volunteer for (2) Shifts at one race you will receive A FREE 100% Comped Entry into any one of our races in the future.

*** We will also have some shifts for our 100k and 100 mile races that we will give 100% comped entries for as well.

If you would like to volunteer please emails us at volunteer@trailracingovertexas.com and we will send you a schedule of shifts that can be worked as well as a description of the jobs and what they entail.

We will be providing VOLUNTEER TRAINING as well once you have been selected for the shifts.


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