The San Felipe Shootout is a unique race format in which participants can choose to do all three of our events during the day for The Triple Challenge. Starting with the 5k, followed by the 10k, and finishing with the Half Marathon - the faster you run, the more recovery you have between events (but the more tired you may be), some strategy involved in completing the 22.4 miles total! Runners can also choose any one or two events.
Stephen F Austin State Park is located a short drive West of Houston/Katy off of I-10 making for a great single-day event. The trails are rated EASY, primarily single-track on soft ground, pine needles, some gravel, or soft clay. The trails can become very sticky when wet. There is little to no elevation gain with only a few small rollers along the course.
The start/finish is at the group dining hall with a large grass area for family, friends, and personal aid setups - bring a chair, team tent, blanket, cooler, etc.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Packet Pickup at the SFASP Dining Hall Start/Finish Line
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Trail Briefing with Race Director Cal Neff at Start Line
SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND
5:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Packet Pickup at the SFASP Dining Hall Start/Finish Line
7:30 AM: START OF THE 5K
8:30 AM: START OF THE 10K
10:30 AM: START OF THE HALF
The Shootout runners MUST start each race at the time stated above.
3:00 PM: FINISH LINE CLOSES - END OF EVENT
Shootout competitors must complete each race before the next one begins and must start each race at the corresponding start time.
The finish line will close to all participants at 3 PM.
Dropdown & Event Change
You may change your registered event during open registration on UltraSignup per the TROT policies.
Aid Station and Support
We will have one fully stocked aid station at the Start/Finish line.
Runners may set up their own support area in the finish lawn area, behind the official TROT Aid Station, for extended rest periods, personal gear, and preferences for food and hydration.
Aid Station Items (subject to change/while quantities last):
Fluids: Water, Ice, Gatorade, and Base Performance
Soda: Coke, Ginger Ale, Orange.
Electrolytes: Base Performance and Table Salt
Bars: Base Performance Bars
Sweet: Cookies, Candy, Peanut Butter, Nutella
Salty: Pringles, Trail Mix, Chips
Food: Sandwiches (PB&J, Nutella, PB, etc), Bean burrito rolls, fruit (bananas and oranges)
Medical: Bandages, Vasoline, Band Aids (limited), etc. ( NO NSAIDS e.g. ibuprofen) , Feminine Care Products
Trail Toes at all aid stations with tape
Cooking (evening only): Grilled Cheese, Quesadillas, Soup, Noodles, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Ramen, Potatoes, and other "fun ultra concoctions".
Other: Cooling bucket, Gatoritas (hot weather), and other surprises!
We will have everything you need at our aid stations and usually throw in something extra at each event to make it fun. It's not uncommon to see cakes, pies, watermelons, etc… You never know what the surprise will be!
Aid stations are for registered runners only, during the event (not before). Serving is by our volunteers and staff only. Crew members are not to use aid station supplies. Runners and crew are encouraged to have their own supply, especially for particular items or certain diet requirements.
Runners may use their own personal area to access gear between loops and events. Please cross the finish line (lap) then you are free to do your business before heading back out on course (no need to go back through the arch).
Pacers & Crew
This event does not allow pacers or crew, due to the short course loops and multiple events you will not be lonely out there! Friends and family are encouraged to hang out in the start/finish area
Passes, Parking, and Camping
Every person 13yo and up entering the park will require a special events State Park pass for the weekend which includes park entry and trail use. Annual passes are not valid for special events. This fee goes directly to the State Park. Receipt of digital payment should be shown at packet pickup in exchange for wristbands to be worn for the weekend. You may pick up pre-purchased wristbands for others with a digital receipt.
Private camping, RV spots, and screen shelters can be booked directly with the park via their online reservation system or by phone and will count for your event pass, please show reservation at packet pickup to receive a wristband.
*Volunteers will receive a complimentary wristband.
Parking: There will be NO parking at the Start/Finish Dining Hall parking lot, this is for staff and emergencies only. Parking will begin along the road on the RIGHT SIDE ONLY as directed by park staff, and will backfill from the back of the park to the front and into overflow as needed. You will be ticketed and/or towed for parking illegally or obstructing any roadway. Follow the guidance of the park staff and leave lots of time to park and get to the start area. We recommend arriving 1h before your event.
Course Road Crossing: This is a mandatory stop sign for all vehicles. Failing to stop, yield to runners, or speeding in the park is subject to park police tickets and race disqualification.
Mens and Womens cut tri-blend shirts.
2023 MEDALS & AWARDS
Medals for each distance, Shootout receives all three!
MAP & COURSE
2023 Update: All races will start behind the dining hall and head NW on Cottonwood Trail (no more starting down the stairs). You will pass back by the start area and complete a loop of the SE portion of the park before finishing up the stairs. All distances come through the archway to record finish/lap.
The 10k (lap 2/2) and Half Marathon (lap 2 and 3 of 3) head back down the stairs and turn left to complete an anti-clockwise loop of the same trails.
The Half Marathon has an add-on on loop one only of Barred Owl Trail. Do not go on the Brazos overlook (closed due to erosion).
The stairs will be two-way traffic during the 10k and half marathon.
Earn future race credits, race swag, free park pass, food, and volunteer hours (as needed). Club support options are available as well for team aid station takeovers.
See more info on our volunteer page: VOLUNTEER WITH TROT
FRIENDS OF THE PARK DONATIONS
The Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park was founded in 1980 as The Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park. When the Texas Historical Commission took ownership of the Historical Park along the banks of The Brazos River the Friends Group remained connected only to the State Park. The early Friends Group was responsible for many park fundraisers which benefited Stephen F. Austin tremendously. Many of the projects funded by the early Friends Group are still visible in the park today.
Today's Friends Group is a rejuvenated group of inspired individuals who collectively have a vision to help Stephen F. Austin State Park in achieving its goals and objectives to the community. The group is made up of individuals, families, and businesses as well as park volunteers. The primary purpose is the raise funds to augment projects and needs for the park by following the outline of our mission statement.
Trail Racing Over Texas donates a portion of all proceeds to the Friends of the Park and you can increase that donation during registration or the link below.