@ government canyon state natural area
San Antonio, TX
February 9, 2019
* This particular race will be capped at 200 racers, 100 in each distance.
about government canyon
|Government Canyon State Natural Area straddles the Balcones Escarpment, giving it a unique blend of terrain ranging from Texas Hill Country to Texas Coastal Plains. The State of Texas preserved Government Canyon becasue of it's importance as a water catchment and recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer, which supplies much of the drinking water for San Antonio and surrounding towns. The primary mission of the Natural Area is to preserve this vital water catchment and recharge zone and safegaurd the quality of the water that enters Edwards Aquifer.|
|The word escarpment refers to the margin between landforms. In the case of the Balcones Escaprment, it is the dividing line between the Texas Hill Country and the Texas Coastal Plain. The Balcones Escaprment is formed historically as the result of both the Balcones Fault Zone and, more recently, as the result of differential erosin between the more erosion resistant limestones prevalent west of the Escarpment and the less erosion resistant sedimentary rocks (such as clay) east of the Escarpment.|
race day schedule
|Race Day Activities||Start Time|
|Lunch||12:00 - 3:00 pm|
|No pacers allowed|
|Every racer MUST start with a water carrier. You must either have at least one water bottle or a hydration vest/hydration pack.|
|Race Distance||Racer Check-In||Race Brief||Race Start||Race Cutoff|
|50k||Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm or Saturday 6:15 - 7:15 am||7:15 am||7:30 am||5:30 PM (10 hours ~ 19:21/mile pace)|
|25K||Friday 6:00 - 8:00 pm or Saturday 7:15 - 8:15 am||8:15 am||8:30 am||N/A|
|Sunrise @ 7:15 am||Sunset @ 6:15 pm|
|The 50k race starts at the park headquarters. 50k runners will begin by running the Front Country trail system, transition to the Backcountry Trail System, run through the Protected Habitat Area, and then finish the race on the backcountry trail system|
|The 25k race starts at the park headquarters. 25k runners proceed directly into the Backcountry Trail System, run through the Protected Habitat Area, and then finish the race on the backcountry trail system|
50k course map and elevation profile
25k course map and elevation profile
2019 Complete Results
|Race Distance||Women's Record||Men's Record|
2019 Race Photos
RULES TO RUN BY:
Every racer MUST have a water bottle or hydration vest. The primitive loop requires that you run 6 miles without aid across exposed terrain. The temperatures get into the 80s, and those who don't carry water for that loop will be hurtin'.
We love dogs, cats, parakeets, and goldfish just as much as you, but they won't be allowed to join you on the race course. 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 not allowed for this race, due to the limit of number of racers (150) that we can have on the course.
You race swag is earned only by finishing your race. We have some amazing stuff we will be thrilled to send you home with...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 need to push it back to the following weekend.