50 MILE, MARATHON, HALF, 10K
FLAT ROCK RANCH: COMFORT, TX
OCTOBER 7, 2017
50 mile 5 am start 6 pm cut-off (13 hours***) Awards @ 6 pm
Marathon 7:30 am start 6 pm cut-off (10.5 hours) Awards @ 4 pm
Half-Marathon 8:30 am start Awards @ 2 pm
10k 9:30 am start Awards @ noon
*Pacer allowed on second half of 50 mile race only.
Sunrise: 7:33am Sunset: 7:13pm
Wrist band/timing chip pick-up will be Friday night 6-9 pm and Saturday morning, starting at 6:30 am. 50 mile racers must pick their things up on Friday night.
**** 50 mile runners must be at mile 38 (start/finish area) by 3 pm to be able to head out for their last upper loop. Basically, you must complete 38 miles in 10 hours.
10k course will begin at the start/finish and head to the upper loop, following the sequential course marking numbers from 34 to 46, where you will take the "Mad Bomber' trail as a cut-off. At that point, you will reconnect with the other races and follow the main trail back to the start finish. MILE 2.7 WATER ONLY..........MILE 3.3 FULL AID.........MILE 4.0 WATER ONLY
Half Marathon course will stay on the lower loop, sequentially following the trail markers from number 3 to 25, at which point you will take a cut-off and rejoin with the rest of the racers at marker 29 to get back to the start/finish. MILE 3 WATER ONLY........MILE 6.5 FULL AID.......MILE 10.5 FULL AID
Marathon course will sequentially follow the trail markers from number 3 to 59, covering both the lower, then upper loop completely. Half way through, you'll run by the start/finish and be able to see your family or pick up a drop bag. MILE 3 WATER ONLY...........MILE 6.5 FULL AID...............MILE 10.5 FULL AID..................MILE 14 FULL AID......................MILE 16.5 WATER ONLY..............MILE 19.5 FULL AID..............MILE 24.5 WATER ONLY
50 Milers will complete the lower loop, then upper loop, then repeat that same course. You will run the course sequentially from number 3 to number 59 (making one short cut-off with the half-marathoners at marker number 25). You are allowed to have a pacer on the second half of the race. MILE 3 WATER ONLY...............MILE 6.5 FULL AID................MILE 10.5 FULL AID................MILE 13 FULL AID........................MILE 15.5 WATER ONLY...........................MILE 18.5 FULL AID....................MILE 23.5 WATER ONLY.....................MILE 25 FULL AID..............(REPEAT)
flat Rock Ranch / comfort, Texas
346 flat rock creed road, comfort, texas 78013
From San Antonio (approx 1 hour):
Take IH 10 West from San Antonio 45 miles to Comfort. Take the first Comfort exit, State Highway 27 west. Continue approximately 1/2 mile to the flashing yellow light at the Y intersection of State Highway 27 and US 87 North (go to the right). Go 1/4 mile to the stop light and take Ranch to Market 473 East (to the right). Go one mile and take Flat Rock Creek Road to the North (left). The pavement ends four miles later at the gate to Flat Rock Ranch.
From Austin (approx 2 hours):
Take US 290 West from Austin to Fredericksburg. At Fredericksburg take US 87 South(left turn). Continue 26 miles to Comfort. 1/2 mile South of the intersection of IH 10 and US 87 go East (left) at the stop light at Ranch to Market 473. Go one mile to Flat Rock Creek Road and turn North (left). The pavement ends four miles later at the gate to Flat Rock Ranch.
Camping will be available on sight at Flat Rock Ranch. You have the option to pop up your own tent for $25/weekend, which can be purchased by CLICKING HERE. You will also have the option to bunk up in an 8-person canvas tent (tent provided, bedding not provided) thanks to our generous friends at Trans-Pecos Ultra. They come out on Friday to set up the tents for you and 7 others. You can check them out here: http://trans-pecosultra.com/race-village/
If a hotel or bed-and-breakfast is more your thing, you're in luck, as Comfort has plenty!
Results + RACE PICS:
2016 COMPLETE RESULTS: http://edsresults.com/rawhide16/
2016 RACE PHOTOS: http://azulox.zenfolio.com/p65867303
2015 COMPLETE RESULTS: http://edsresults.com/frr15/
2015 RACE PHOTOS: http://azulox.zenfolio.com/f152528769
50 mile Course Records: Geoffrey Tweed 11:16:22 (2016) Randi Schooley 12:36:55 (2016)
Marathon Course Records: Jacob Williams 3:21:45 (2015) Jennifer Leidich 5:10:08 (2015)
Half-Marathon Course Records: Albert Marino 1:35:01 (2016) Karyn Zaage 1:56:14 (2016)
10k Course Records: Dude Spellings 0:48:10 (2016) Hilary Lumpkins 0:53:24 (2016)
Rules to run by:
We love dogs, cats, parakeets, and your pet goldfish just as much as you, but they won't be allowed to join you at the races. For a few reasons: one of which is that some of the land we race on are working ranches, with strict no pet rules.
Pacers are only allowed on the second half of our ultra distances. A pacer is only there for motivational support and safety, and thus cannot be used as a mule to carry any of your food/water/gear.
You get a finishers medal only for finishing. We have some amazing hand-made, recycled wood medals that we will be thrilled to throw around your neck...but only after you cross that finish line. And earn it!
We can't give refunds or transfers. Once you purchase your race entry, we pay the land owners for your park pass, buy your t-shirt or hat, pay the insurance company, pay the timing company and photographer, and on. That said, we're still very reasonable people and want to help you out. If you write a compelling request, we'll give you a discount to a future race.
No cutting the course (ie CHEATING). Some days just aren't your day to race well. Realizing and respecting that bad race day by dropping out is WAY cooler than getting caught cheating. Oh, and if (when) we catch you, you will be asked to not race with us again. Ever.
We prefer you run without them, but if you're going to wear headphones, use only one earbud or turn it way down. You have to hear people trying to communicate with you. We have had a runner take off in the complete wrong direction just because she couldn't hear us screaming at her to stop. Her loss.
Most of the trails are single track or very narrow, so get used to saying "ON YOUR LEFT" when you pass. It also never hurts to tell that person something encouraging like, "NICE JOB". And while you're on a kind streak, a big "THANK YOU" to the volunteers is golden and earns you an extra beer.
If we have to postpone the race due to weather, we will push the race back to that afternoon or into the next day. We aren't afraid of a downpour, but we don't mess with lightening or hurricanes...or Sharknato.
our aid stations are never more than 6 miles apart and will always be stocked with local goodies.
HIGH QUALITY, ENERGIZING AND DELICIOUS:
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR HARD WORKERS TO HELP PROVIDE THE BEST AID STATIONS TO OUR RUNNERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR A RACE IN EXCHANGE FOR half off at A FUTURE RACE, WE ARE HAPPY TO BARTER WITH YOU.
IF YOU'RE PERSONALLY INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR WANT YOUR ORGANIZATION INVOLVED IN SPONSORING AN AID STATION, PLEASE CONTACT US, USING THE FORM at the bottom of this page:
Mallory Brooks, Race Director
Jonathan garner, Assistant Race director
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