BRAZOS BEND 100
100 mile, 50m, 26.2 marathon, and 13.1 half marathon
BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK
21901 FM 762
NEEDVILLE, TX 77461
900 RUNNER MAX
-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
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 - 2x13.8 mi loop
13.1M : 8:00 am start - 13.8 mi loop
ALL: Sunday 12:00 pm end - Cutoff All Races
HOLIDAY COSTUME CONTEST
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.
Thursday Dec 6th
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Packet Pickup @ Memorial Hermann at Shepard Square
2085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77019
Friday Dec 7th
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
YOU CAN DROP OFF DROP BAGS
Saturday Dec 8th
The park gate will be OPEN all night. 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
7:00 am Start 50 Miler
7:30 am Start 26.2 Marathon
8:00 am Start Half Marathon
Sunday Dec 9th
7:00 am 5th loop CUT OFF
12:00pm Final Cutoff – 30hrs
1:30 pm Drop Bags Returned to Elm Lake Pavillion Finish Area
The final cutoff for the event is Sunday 12:00 pm at the Elm Lake Pavillion for ALL distances. If you are on the course after 12:01 you will not be counted as a finisher and will be picked up via the gator driver.
AID STATION Locations
100 Miler and 50 Miler
Start, 0 mi
Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.10 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 9.40 mi
Aid Station (Sawmill), 12.10 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 14.80 mi
Finish, 16.8 mi
(do this loop 3 times for the 50 miler, 6 times for the 100 miler)
26.2 and 13.1 Miles
Start, 0 mi
Aid Station (40 acre) 3.08
Aid Station (Windmill) 6.68
Aid Station (Sawmill) 9.38
Aid Station (Windmill) 12.08
(1 loop for 13.1, 2 loops for 26.2)
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!
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.
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.
50 miler pacers may have a pacer for loop 3, and 100 milers may have a pacer for loops 4, 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. You may access the sawmill aid station via car which you will need to head out of the park go north and head east on sawmill road 3 miles. The aid station will be at the end on the right but there is no official parking so you will have to be on the side of the old road.
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
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.
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.
If you DO NOT have an RV or Camping Site you CANNOT bring in anything more than a personal vehicle. So you CANNOT bring in an RV, trailer, pull along etc. So book or site or bring something else.
Here is the link to campsite specifics. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/brazos-bend/fees-facilities/campsites
Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Nature Center, and the George Observatory.
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"
The closest airport to this race would be William P Hobby Airport
Top 3 Male and Female in each distance.
Top 2 Masters (50+) in each distance.
Top 3 teams for the relay.
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.
There will also be a Holiday Costume Contest! Wear something festive!
TEXAS TWO STEP
To win the new Texas Two Step Buckle you must complete the 100k in April and the 100 miler in Brazos Bend.
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
2017 TEAM RELAY
#1. Dirty Half Dozen- 12:23:41
#2 Fat Bottom Girls- 16:18:17
#3 Running Blisters- 19:09:12
#4 All4One- 26:35:54
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.