10-miler & 20-Miler
@ Lost Maples state natural area: Vanderpool, TX
Saturday, May 18, 2019
why is it named
"The aurora" ?
This is not a typical trail race. Please allow us to explain. The Aurora 10/20 race is inspired by the Ross Sea Party (the lesser known half of Ernest Shackleton's famed 1914 Antarctic exploration mission known as the Endurance) and born out of our desire to help the trail runners we interact with hone their craft.
The Ross Sea Party was tasked to land on the southern edge of the Antarctic continent (at the Ross Sea) and make a series of supply drops that the main expedition would be able to consume as they made their Trans-Antarctic journey from the northern edge of the continent (The Weddell Sea) across the south pole and, ultimately, to the Ross Sea. Enduring unimaginable hardships and setbacks did not deter the members of the Ross Sea Party. They ultimately completed their mission, though it proved a futile effort in the end.
The entirety of the Endurance mission is a testament to human fortitude and our natural proclivity to explore and wander. We believe these inherent human traits of resilience, survival, exploration, and navigation should not be forgotten. That's why we created the Aurora 10/20 race. The Aurora race course will be unmarked and supplied only with water. But don't worry, we will arm you with a map and some basic navigation skills to help you find your way (should you chose to take our lessons).
Now, you might be thinking, "wait a minute, The Endurance is as famous for being a failure as it is for being one of the boldest expeditions in human history." This is true. For some of you, this adventure may be a great success and an experience of adventure and self-discovery. For others, this adventure may be a disaster. You may get lost, you may not find all your way points, or you may not even finish the race. Sometimes, that's the harsh reality we confront in the face of adventure. Just remember, every failure in life is an opportunity to learn and become a better version of yourself. Finally, the Aurora namesake is also a symbol of optimism. Keep in mind that despite the legendary hardship and failure of the Endurance mission, the Ross Sea Party mission was ultimately successful.
how it works
It’s much easier than it sounds! We promise. There is really only one main trial in Lost Maples State Natural Area and that’s what we are running the course on (the course includes the West Loop Trail and excludes the East-West Trail). You won’t need a detailed topographic map and you won’t (really) need a compass.
The first thing you need is a plan. Research the park, especially the trail system. Know the major landmarks and intersections. Know the names of the trails. Get comfortable looking at and reading maps. Know the key components of a map such as the compass, the legend, and the key.
On race day, you just need a basic trail map, a little intuition, and since for where you are in relation to major landmarks, like trial intersections, water bodies, campgrounds, etc. When you arrive at a trail intersection, take a quick moment to orient yourself. Take a look at your map, identify the intersection, and then choose the appropriate trail to follow. If your unsure of what to do, look for major landmark that may be present on the map. And remember, whatever you do, don’t be a lemming! You’re responsible for knowing the course and following and following the course. If you follow someone else and get lost, that’s on you.
The race is run on a 10 mile loop course. The 10-Miler runs one lap of the course while the 20-Miler runs two laps of the course. This is a rugged, ever changing and vertically challenging race course. Do not underestimate the effort and skill required to compete in this race.
We will not provide a course map until you arrive on sight. We strongly encourage you to attend our course preview and introductory orienteering brief at at 5:00 pm on Friday night. If you can't be onsite Friday night, don't fret. We will provide a live orienteering seminar prior to the race and provide the recording for those who cannot watch live.
will have check points. At each check point, you will be responsible for grabbing a foreign coin, keeping it with you, and returning safely to the start/finish. Give us all your coins at the finish, and we will give you a finisher's time and finisher's swag in exchange. Those missing a coin will be given the option to go back on the course to get it or take a DNF. Gotta' keep you honest!
race day schedule
|Race Day Activities||Start Time|
|Brunchfast||10:00 am - 1:00 pm|
No pacers allowed.
Every racer must start with a water carrier. You must either have at least one handheld water bottle or a hydration vest/hydration pack.
Our course preview and orienteering brief will be at 5:00 pm Friday, May 17.
|Race Distance||Racer Check-In||Race Brief||Race Start||Race Cutoff|
|20-Miler||Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm or Saturday 5:45 - 6:15 am||6:15 am||6:30 am||12:30 PM (6 hours ~ 18:00/mile pace)|
|10-Miler||Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm or Saturday 6:30 - 7:15 am||7:15 am||7:30 am||12:30 PM (5 hours ~ 30:00/mile pace)|
|Sunrise @ 6:45 am||Sunset @ 8:25 pm|