Brazos Bend 50

100k, 50 mile, 50k, 25k, 10k, and 5k

April 7th, 2018

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461


COURSE DESCRIPTION

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 Start/Finish will be at the Elm Lake Pavilion.

 

100k:5:30am start 4x 4x15.8mi loops

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
5km: 8:15am start - 3.1mi loop

ALL: 9:30 pm Cutoff All Races


SCHEDULE

Thursday April 5th
10:00am - 7:00pm PACKET PICKUP @ TBA


Friday April 6th
3:00pm - 7:00pm PACKET PICKUP and DROP BAG DROP OFF @ the Brazos Bend State Park Elm Lake Pavilion

4:00pm - 5:00pm Trail Briefing at the Brazos Bend State Park Elm Lake Pavilion


Saturday April 7th
The park gate will stay open Friday night for all runners. 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.

3:00am - 5:30am Drop Bag Drop Off at Brazos Bend State Park Elm Lake Pavilion
4:30am - 8:30am Packet Pickup at Brazos Bend State Park Elm Lake Pavilion

5:30 Start of the 100K

6:00am Start 50 miler
7:00am Start 50k
7:30am Start 25k
8:00am Start 10k
8:15am  Start 5k

9:30pm cutoff for all races


CUTOFFS

The loop cutoff is 6pm. You cannot start another loop after 5pm on raceday. 

The cutoff for the event is 9:30pm for ALL distances. We will have a sweeper on the course and you will be ruled a DNF at 9:30pm. There are no exceptions. 


AID STATIONS

5K
Finish, 3.1 mi

10K
Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.04 mi
Finish, 6.23 mi

25k and 50k
Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.04 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 7.7 mi
Aid Station (Sawmill), 10.9 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 14.1 mi
Finish,  15.8 mi
(repeat the loop for the 50k)

50 miler
Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.04 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 8.70 mi
Aid Station (Sawmill), 11.90 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 15.10 mi
Finish, 16.8 mi
(repeat two more times)

100K

Aid Station (40 Acre), 4.04 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 7.7 mi
Aid Station (Sawmill), 10.9 mi
Aid Station (Windmill), 14.1 mi
Finish,  15.8 mi

(repeat the loops for the 100k)

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!

CUPLESS RACING

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.


PARKING

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

Shuttle

We will be running a shuttle all day from the Nature Center and overflow parking to the Start/Finish area at the Elm Lake Pavillion and back. 4:30am-6:30pm


PACERS/CREW

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. All pacers MUST sign a waiver and get a BLUE Luke's Locker bib to pace a participant. 

Crew is allowed at any aid station locations. You will need to either walk or mountain bike to the Sawmill and Windmill locations. 40 Acre Lake you can drive to. 

DROP BAGS

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 Elm Lake Pavilion Friday night (3pm - 7pm) and Saturday morning (3am-5:30am). We will take them out to the course at 5:30am Saturday morning. 

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


LODGING

Here is the link to campsite specifics. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/brazos-bend/fees-facilities/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.

Brazos Bend State Park Activity Guide

Brazos Bend State Park Fishing Tip Sheet 

FOR RESERVATIONS CLICK HERE


 

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"

AIRPORTS

The closest airport to this race is William P Hobby Airport.


BENEFICIARIES

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 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

AWARDS

Finisher Awards

Medals for all 50 Miler, 50k, 25k, and 10k finishers.

Winner Awards

50 Miler, 50k, 25k, 10k Top 3 Male and Female, and the Top 2 Masters (age 50 & over)


breaking the 50 mile trail record

$2,000 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

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 is in December.


MAPS

The blue stars are the aid stations, and the blue star at the Pavillion is also the Start/Finish.



PICTURES


VOLUNTEERING

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!

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 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 volunteer@trailracingovertexas.com 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.


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