Brazos Bend 50

50 mile, 50k, 25k and 10k

April 8th, 2017

Brazos Bend State Park



This race is part of the 2017 TROT CUP  The race is sanctioned by the USATF and meets the ATRA Standards.


The Brazos Bend course is the fastest trail in texas trail running. The course is 99.9% flat with only one place where the hill is 10 feet. Other than that you will be running on flat surface that moves from hard crushed rock, soft trail under canopy and easy horse trails as well. 

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

50mi : 6:00am start - 3×16.8mi loops
50km : 7:00am start - 2×15.8mi loops
25km : 7:30am start - 15.8mi loop
10km : 8:00am start - 6.25mi loop
ALL : 9:00pm end - Cutoff All Races


Thursday April 6th

10am-7pm Memorial Hermann Ironman Institute 

2085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77019

Friday April 7th

3:00pm-7:00pm Packet Pickup BB State Park Elm Lake Pavilion

3:00pm-7:00pm Drop Bag Dropoff @ ELM LAKE PAVILION for all locations

4:00pm-5:00pm Trail Brief BB State Park Elm Lake Pavilion

Saturday April 8th

Gate will stay open fri night for all runners. you may pay on your way out of the park.

Shuttle buses will be running from 6a-Noon for runners at the 40 acre lake parking,nature center and Hale lake as well.

4:30am-8:30am Packet Pickup BB State Park Elm Lake Pavilion

3a-5:30a Drop Bag Drop Off BB State Park Elm Pavilion
6:00am Start 50 miler
7:00am Start 50k
7:30am Start 25k
8:00 Start 10k

9pm cutoff for all races.


The loop cutoff is 5pm. You cannot start another loop after 5pm on raceday. 

The cutoff for the event is 9pm for ALL distances. We will have a sweeper on the course and you will be ruled a DNF at 9:00pm. There are no exceptions. 



Aid Stations for all races.

Brazos Bend 50 (10K)

Start 0

Aid Station (40 Acre) 4.04

Finish 6.23


Brazos Bend 50 (25k/50k)

Start 0

Aid Station (40 Acre) 4.04

Aid Station (Windmill)7.70

Aid Station (Sawmill)10.90

Aid Station (Windmill)14.10

Finish 15.80


Brazos Bend 50 (50 miler)

Aid Station (40 Acre) 4.04/

Aid Station (Windmill)8.70

Aid Station (Sawmill)11.90

Aid Station (Windmill)15.10

Finish 16.8/


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

Sweet- Cookies, Candy, Peanut Butter, Nutella

Salty-Pringles, Trail Mix, PB&J

PB&js, Bean burrito rolls, fruit ie bananas, oranges, seasonal fruits.

Bearded Brothers Bars (sponsor)

Medical including bandages, vasoline, band aids and other medical needs. ( NO NSAIDS ie 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 done sheet cake, pies, special candies, pineapple etc… You never know what the surprise will be!


We do our best to limit the footprint we leave at races and on the trails. With that being said we DO NOT have cups at all the aid stations for water. We encourage all of our runners to use reusable cups, bottles and hydration packs to carry water in. 


There is a $7 fee per person for entering in the park. Children under $12 do not have to pay this fee. By purchasing a Texas State Park Pass you will get free unlimited entry into Texas State Parks and Discounts on Camping as well. 



We will be running a shuttle all day long that will run from the Nature Center area and overflow. It will drop off at the start/finish area line until 4:30am-6:30pm

Brazos Bend Aid Stations

Brazos Bend Aid Stations


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

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

We will return the drop bags by 9:30 Saturday Night as we break down the aid stations.


50k pacers may have a pacer for loop 2 and 50 milers may have a pacer for loop 3. You are allowed 1 pacer to pace you in. And all pacers MUST sign a waiver and get a BLUE lucke's locker bib to pace a participant. 

Crew is allowed at any locations. You will need to either walk or mountain bike to the sawmill and windmill locations. 40 acre lake you can drive to as well. 


Here is the link to the specifics of the 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.







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: 
 (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


 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.


race shirts


Finisher Awards

Medals for all 50 mi Finishers

Medals for all 50 km Finishers

Medals for all 25 km Finishers

Medals for all 10 km Finishers

Winners Awards
Male & Female

Overall Top 3 Male/Female

Masters (50 & over)Top 2


We have teamed up with Austin Trail Running Company to offer Brazos Bend 50 finisher vests. Brazos Bend 50 finisher jackets are ready for pre-order until March 15th. So if you have ever finished the 50 or want to get this for your 50 finish well jump on it. All orders received before the 15th will be given to you at the Brazos Bend 50 race. (yes you can buy them after the 15th BUT they will be combined with orders from the race and takes about 3-4 weeks to get them done).


breaking the 50 mile trail record

$2000 to any male or female who resets the fastest 50mi time on 100% TRAIL in North America.

5:20:25 Charl Mattheus

5:48:01 Caroline Boller

texas two step

So here 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. So 50 milers in April and 100 Miler in December.




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 than 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 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 event in the future.

** If you volunteer for (2) Shifts at one race you will receive A FREE 100% Comped Entry Into any one of 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 and we will send you a schedule of shifts that can be worked as well as description of the jobs and what they entail.

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