ROAD KILL XC
4 X 2 MILE CROSS COUNTRY RELAY
"GET OFF THE ROAD"
Hosted by Trail Racing Over Texas and Hardloop Endurance. The Road Kill XC is the 2023 HARRA Fall Series cross-country team event for all ages, clubs, and teams (not just HARRA clubs).
September 23rd, 2023 at 8 AM
BEAR CREEK PARK
TROT XC is back! Trail Racing Over Texas, in partnership with Hardloop Endurance, is proud to be hosting the 2023 Houston Area Road Runner's (HARRA) Cross Country Relay, as part of the Fall series of races. The four-person, eight-mile relay event (two-mile legs), is open to all runners (not just HARRA). Gather a team of four, select your division, and join us for a fun cross-country meet just like the high school days. This year there will not be a solo event. We will do one start for all teams at 8 AM.
There will be no race day registration, all entries and team changes must be completed on UltraSignup by midnight on Friday, September 22nd.
Clubs may purchase team packages via the online store here. Otherwise all individuals should register directly with UltraSignup.
Please stay tuned on this page as event details are finalized.
Free hologram stickers to the first 50 entries!
Team Categories / Divisions
We will have a number of different divisions your team can compete in, please ensure all your team members meet the requirement for that division (Example: a masters team must have all four members 40 years old or older on event day). During registration you will be asked what division you would like to compete in.
Open / General (no specific division)
Youth Boys (under 18)
Youth Girls (under 18)
Open Mix Division (2+ Women)
Master's Men (All Members 40+)
Master's Women (All Members 40+ Women)
Veteran Men (All Members 50+)
Veteran Women (All Members 50+ Women)
60+ Men's and Women's
70+ Men's and Women's
At registration you will also be asked:
HARRA Club or Team Affiliation: If you are part of a HARRA club and would like to be eligible for the HARRA XC division you should put the club name here during registration. Example: "Hardloop Endurance". If you are not a HARRA club, you can put a USATF Team/Club, High School, College, Company, Social Group, N/A, etc. This is not the section for your team name.
Relay Team Name: This section during registration is where you get to be creative and come up with your own team name. The captain will set the name and invite the other three members. Names that do not meet the RRCA community standards, or are offensive, will be removed. We have a sense of humor and are adults, just keep it in line.
The Road Kill XC event is a USATF Sanctioned event, following all USATF Rules & Regulations. Below are some general guidelines for the meet. We will follow RRCA community guidelines and USATF rules, with the HARRA Relay requirements. The Race Director has the ultimate decision on any matters.
In order for a team to score in the HARRA Interclub Competition, all runners must be members in good standing in HARRA and in the club they are representing at the time of the race. (Current HARRA Membership can be viewed: https://harra.org/member-list).
Club affiliation must be designated in the runner’s HARRA member profile.
There is a 48-hour grace period after the race for runners to make their HARRA status and club affiliation current. (Links to Join, Renew or Login to account are on the top right of the HARRA home page.)
Teams that have non-member or mixed affiliation runners may still participate in the race competition, but the team will not be counted in HARRA standings.
Each runner may only run one leg of the relay. Runners may not run on more than one team.
Each leg must be completely finished or the team will be disqualified
The team must carry the relay baton (includes RFID chip for timing) for the entirety of the race and make transitions in the designated exchange area only. There are no rules for dropping of the baton at any point of the race. Exchange must be hand-to-hand (no throwing).
All members of each team eligible for awards are subject to verification by race officials prior to the awards ceremony.
The race director and or race official may disqualify anyone for not adhering to the rules.
The race director has the option to include teams not adhering to the HARRA requirements in a separate team category if they wish, but they will not be counted for HARRA competition. The race director will review and provide a complete list of teams including individual team members after results are finalized to HARRA.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM: Packet Pickup at Bear Creek Park Race Venue
8:00 AM: RACE START
10:00 AM: Course & Finish Line Closed, Awards Ceremony
11:00 AM: Afterparty (stay tuned!)
Aid Station and Support
The start/finish/registration area will have tents with water, gatorade, and post-race snacks for race participants and volunteers. Note that Trail Racing Over Texas is a cupless race company and you will need your own form of hydration device (bottle, cup, etc.). Do not drink directly from the coolers.
There will not be hydration on the course (two mile loop).
Clubs and teams are encouraged to setup their own team tent with support for their members. Setup can begin at 7 AM and must start tear down at 10 AM.
Venue: Parking & Washrooms
No speeding! Park police will be strict on the speed limit, pedestrian crossing (stop for people crossing), and proper parking. Bear Creek Park has ample parking on the East side of War Memorial next to our event. Facilities will be open for washrooms and water fountains. Park in designated parking spots only, do not drive off-road. Follow Harris County Park Rules can be found here.
Location: The event is located at Bear Creek Pioneers Park (3560 War Memorial St, Houston, TX 77084). Main parking for the start/finish line will be at the baseball fields with additional parking throughout the park within a very short walk. Google Maps Pin
Restrooms: Permanent restroom buildings are located a quarter mile south and a quarter mile north of the event area, including porta-potties at the race location.
PACKET PICKUP & RACE DAY INFO
Packet Pickup: We will open at 7 AM at the main tent at the start/finish. You may pick up all bibs and swag for your team as well as a baton (to be returned at the end of the race). Do not take the tear tag off your bib. The baton will contain your RFID Chips for timing. You can also confirm your team's running order at this time and write your name on the tear tag. Each team will have the same bib number, followed by an "A" (first runner), "B", "C", and "D" (last runner).
Start: We will try and start as close to 8 AM as possible pending any packet pickup delays (please arrive early). There will be a short pre-race briefing with final instructions for all runners. All runners with an "A" on their bib will line up on the starting line for a mass start.
Limited amount of shirts available, first come first serve during online registration. Hologram stickers to the first 50 registered.
MEDALS & AWARDS
All runners will receive an XC ribbon just like the high school days. Wood engraved medals for all members of teams winning a category division.
MAP & COURSE
The race venue is Bear Creek Pioneers Park at the baseball fields parking, 3535 War Memorial St, Houston, TX 77084 (MAP). Main parking at the baseball fields.
The course will be clearly marked with blue spray paint chalk and flagging. Once started, runners will stay to the right to begin a two-mile counter-clockwise loop. No water will be available on the course. Strava Map
Relay Exchange Area: Runners finishing their lap will come in under the finish arch and enter the exchange area. We will have an entrance/waiting area for the next runner, with only one member per team in this area at a time. As your runner approaches the finish you may step forward to exchange the baton and begin your lap. Finished runners must exit under a small arch exit chute, in the order of finishing position, and tear their bib tag off for backup tracking (as done at high school cross-country meets). Final runners must put their batons in a collection bin.
HARRA clubs must designate at least one volunteer to assist with the meet. Signup for spots here:
SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, & PARTNERS
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or setting up a company tent please contact the race director.
UPCOMING TROT RACES:
BIG TEX BACKYARD ULTRA - October 21st till ???
How far can you go? 4.2mi lap starts every hour on the hour in this last runner standing event.
BRAZOS BEND 100 - December 2nd and 3rd
Texas biggest and fastest trail race, featuring 100 mile and 100 kilometer Saturday and Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.
This is a great first trail run experience!
Sells out by November every year.