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WILDFLOWER

5k, 10k, 7M, Half, 25k, Full, 50k


SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 4-5, 2024

BASTROP STATE PARK
BASTROP, TEXAS


 

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2024 Race Week Updates

See the below sections for general race information, this section will continue to be updated with important race week information, alerts, and reminders.

Course/Maps/GPX: See the below course section for all 2024 updated info.

Parking & Park Entry: There is no parking inside Bastrop State Park (volunteers and registered campers excluded). All parking is at Mayfest Park, across the street from the main park entrance (look for the Air Force legion jet and the water tower). You can pick up your packet there, before boarding our free shuttle for anyone coming to the race. Park entry is included with your runner registration (your bib is your pass). All other guests (12+) will need to purchase a park entry via TROT.

No Littering: Leave No Trace. If you bring it in, bring it out. No littering on the trails. This means no throwing gel wrappers at or around trail markings, posts, the aid station, etc. Put it back in your pocket/pack and wait to put inside a trash can.

Mandatory Hydration Device: All runners must carry a form of bottle, cup, flask, hydration bladder, etc. Our aid stations are fully stocked with many hydration options but NO CUPS so bring your own. 

Inclement Weather and Emergency Plan:

The forecast is for scattered thunderstorms for the entire week and weekend. Rain amounts are low so our only potential impact will come from lightning delays. If lighting is in the area you should seek a permanent shelter or vehicle, the aid station tents are not a recommended safe places. On the trail you should head to lower areas (watch for flooding) and into the trees. Avoid open terrain and isolated tall objects.

Main backup shelter is the Copperas Creek Camping Area shower facility below the start/finish if event tents are not suitable for the conditions. Additional shelters on course include the Harmon Rd Aid Station tents, two on-course scenic overlook permanent shelters, vehicles including 26' box truck, shuttle van, volunteer vehicles, park vehicles, and two school busses.

 

Communication will be made via PA system, email, text, word-of-mouth, and social media.
 

Event and park staff may delay or cancel in the event of severe weather that poses a risk of unavoidable periods of lightning, abnormally high or low temperatures, and/or conditions that make either commuting to/from or the event itself a significant risk to health and safety and/or excessive pressure on emergency services resources.


Lightning Policy: Flash to bang 30-seconds or less (~6mi) will issue shelter in place / move to shelter and pause event for 30-minutes (reset each strike). We will also utilize the Weather Bug Spark feature for a 10mi strike radius.

DNF/Dropout/Checkout: If you can no longer finish the event please ensure you check out at the main timing tent so we can record you leaving safe. If you need to drop out on course you should make your way to the Harmon Rd Aid Station. If you find a runner in distress report their bib number and location. In life threatening emergency dial 9-1-1. Report all issues to the race director ASAP.

2024 Course Preview

See below course section for maps, GPX, links, etc.

Event Description

Wildflower takes place over two days with a range of standard and unique race distances. This is a great trail single trail system in Texas hill country with small rocky sections and nice climbs. The scenery allows you to see the fire-struck forest from 2011 as well as the rebirth of the Lost Pines in the area. Trails are still being rebuilt from the fires to this day, 2024 will feature a new trail section!

2024 Schedule

Friday, May 3rd


3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Packet Pickup - Mayfest Park (Map)

4:00 - 5: 00 PM Race Briefing - Mayfest Park (Map)

Saturday, May 4th

SCHOOL BUS RUNS FROM 4:30 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM at MAYFEST PARK - NO PARKING IN BASTROP STATE PARK - SHUTTLE VAN BY REQUEST 3 PM ONWARDS,

5:00 AM -8:00 AM: Packet Pickup at Mayfest Park (Map) - Parking/Shuttle

6:00 AM: Start of the 50k

7:00 AM: Start of the 25k

7:30 AM: Start of the 10k

8:00 AM: Start of the 5k

RACE CUTOFF 6:00 PM (12 HOURS)

Sunday, May 5th

SCHOOL BUS RUNS FROM 5:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM at MAYFEST PARK - NO PARKING IN BASTROP STATE PARK - SHUTTLE VAN BY REQUEST

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM: Packet Pickup Mayfest Park (Map) - Parking/Shuttle

6:00 AM: WFL World Run Start 

7:00 AM: Start of the Marathon

7:30 AM: Start of the Half Marathon

8:00 AM: Start of the 7M

RACE CUTOFF 3:00 PM (8 HOURS)

Cutoffs

SATURDAY 6:00 PM (12 HOURS)

SUNDAY 3:00 PM (8 HOURS)

The Race Director will monitor the progress of runners completing loops and make the ultimate decision on each runner departing on final loop(s) based on their ability to safely complete in the allocated time. This is out of respect for the park, volunteers, and staff. 

Dropdown & Event Change

You may change your registered event to a shorter distance during open registration on UltraSignup per the TROT policies. To change your race to a different event (up or down in distance) or cancel, go to your UltraSignup registration and select the edit button. No dropdowns once the event starts.

Wings for Life World Run

Runners that wish to do the WFL World Run app run should signup for Team TROT and can do the global start on Sunday at 6 AM on a route of their choosing (please be careful if on the roads). Return to the start of your registered event to start your Wildflower event with everyone. Join Team TROT.

Aid Station and Support

We will have one fully stocked aid station at the Start/Finish line and one on the course at Harmon Rd.

Runners may set up their own support area around the start/finish area (away from TROT tents) 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. Show up to the race with full bottles.

Drop Bags

We will have a ground tarp at the Start/Finish area for drop bags and an area to leave personal gear. Remember there is no parking and you will be taking a shuttle, so pack light!

Pacers & Crew

This event does not allow pacers. Your crew can only set up tents/canopies from the road to the finish arch.

Crew should only assist their runners in the start/finish area. Crew are not allowed beyond 400m on the course or inside aid stations.

Park Passes and Camping

All individuals 12 years or older (includes crew/pacer/spectator/etc.*) entering Bastrop State Park are required to purchase a $5 Special Events Park Pass. This fee goes directly to the park. Annual State Park Passes are not eligible for use during special events. A wristband will be issued once your order is confirmed at the check-in table located at packet pickup, or the main event tent once the race begins (for later arrivals). This covers trail access, parking, bathrooms, and showers. Passes must be pre-purchased online via the UltraSignup registration page. The park fee is included for runners with registration, your bib is your park pass (wrist band not requried). 

Camping and RV sites are limited and must be reserved via the Texas State Park Reservations system. 

 

*Volunteers will receive a complimentary wristband.

 

*Camp/Cabin/RV reservations made with the park will cover one family for Special Events Park pass, please show proof of reservation to TROT at checkin.

SHUTTLE & PARKING

NO PARKING INSIDE BASTROP STATE PARK

Saturday, May 6th

SCHOOL BUS RUNS FROM 4:30 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM at MAYFEST PARK - NO PARKING IN BASTROP STATE PARK - SHUTTLE VAN BY REQUEST 3 PM ONWARDS

Sunday, May 7th

SCHOOL BUS RUNS FROM 5:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM at MAYFEST PARK - NO PARKING IN BASTROP STATE PARK - SHUTTLE VAN BY REQUEST

SWAG

Runners have a choice of items including Wildflower shirts or other TROT swag items at registration. We will have a shirt for Saturday and a different color for Sunday!

Wildflower Trail Run Bastrop Shirts

MEDALS

Every participant will receive a handcrafted wood wildflower medal from Elevation Culture, a second medal will be available for those doing both days. We will have bonus tabs added to your lanyard for each distance you complete.

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COURSE INFO & MAPS

Runners, YOU are responsible for knowing the order of loops for your race. All loops must be completed in the order as stated below.

 

All races start/finish in the same location within Bastrop State Park, there is NO parking inside the park. Mayfest Park will have packet pickup and shuttles. We will have a Main Finish Line Aid Station for between laps and post-race (please show up to the start with everything you need to get going, bottles full). The 5k will NOT pass the on-course aid station. ALL RACES MANDATORY carry your own hydration!

All races stick to similar loops running clockwise from the start/finish area. All loops head North to climb to the park main overlook before crossing the road heading East. Watch for "do not enter" signs on trail intersections. Look for traffic when crossing roadways. Old Road is the shortest loop, Harmon Road is the medium loop which turns at the on-course aid station. The Big Loop continues over Harmon Road and for some races will include a new lake loop add-on. All races go through Fehr's Overlook building on every loop which is a short out-and-back. The 7M is the only race that starts the opposite direction to complete the Fehr Overlook climb at the start before returning to the start and continuing the loop as normal, watch for two-way traffic during this section.

5k: Old Road Loop (NO AID STATION on course)

10k: Harmon Road Loop

25K: Big Loop (no lake) and Harmon Road Loop

50K: 2 x Big Lake Loop, Harmon Road Loop, and Old Road

7M: Fehr's Lookout back to start, Harmon Road Loop

Half: Big Loop (no lake) and Old Road Loop

Marathon: Big Lake Loop, 2 x Harmon Road Loop, and Old Road

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GAIA GPS MAP

Tips:

Know your race course and order of loops which must be completed in the order stated. Pause at intersections to check signs if you are confused.

 

All races start and finish at the same spot. Except for the 7M, all races will begin the loop heading North. The 7M begins with an out-and-back to the Fehr Lookout. Watch for two-way traffic.

The 5k does not pass the on-course aid station (Harmon Rd).

All races on every loop will go through the Fehr Lookout building, this is a short out-and-back through the actual building. Do not pass by without completing this section on every loop.

The on-course aid station is located at the North end of Harmon Road 3.8mi from the start of the loop.

The above race maps will take you to the Strava route with the elevation profile and map. You can also download the GPX to your watch for guidance.

VOLUNTEER

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

Course Maps
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