Saturday February 22, 2020

AURORA 10/20

A true test of the human spirit and propensity to explore.

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Overview

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).

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. We hope you continue to find inspiration in those who have blazed the trails before you!

We know that you will enjoy the beauty and ruggedness of this landscape and, yes, the trails will be expertly marked for easy navigation during the race.

Registration

Aurora 20-Miler

07:30 AM (CST)

Saturday February 22, 2020

Aurora 10-Miler

08:30 AM (CST)

Saturday February 22, 2020

Schedule

20-Miler 

Racer Check-in: 6:30 - 7:15

Race Brief: 7:15

Race Start: 7:30

10-Miler

Racer Check-in: 7:30 - 8:15

Race Brief: 8:15

Race Start: 8:30

Brunchfast

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Awards

We will host award ceremonies as all podium finishers for a given race come in. 

Cutoff

All races: 1:30 PM. That's 6 hours for the 20-Miler (18:00/mile pace).

Sunrise @ 6:45 am    Sunset @ 8:25 pm

Details

Location

Lost Maples State Natural Area - 37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Parking

  • The primary parking lot for Aurora is the day use picnic area, which is also the trailhead to the East Trail and Maple Trail as well as the race start/finish.
  • Overflow parking is located at the East Trail Trailhead located less than 1/4 mile west of the start/finish area. 

Race Rules

We will mark a 10-mile course. 10-milers complete one loop and 20-miler racers complete two loops.

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.

Our course preview and orienteering brief will be 6:00 pm Friday, the evening before the race.

Aid Stations and Drop Bags

Drop Bags can be left at the start/finish area. We have aid stations at mile 4 (Can Creek), mile 8 (Primitive Campsite E), and mile 10 (Start/Finish). The 4 and 8 mile aid stations will be supplied only with ice cold water and Tailwind. There will be no aid station volunteers on hand. The start/finish will be a fully stocked aid station.

Courses

The race is run on a 10 mile loop course. The 20-Miler runs two laps. This is a rugged, ever-changing and vertically challenging race course. You'll love it!

The race is run on a 10 mile loop course. The 20-Miler runs two laps. This is a rugged, ever-changing and vertically challenging race course. You'll love it!

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Location

Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leaves on these and other trees in autumn. The show varies, depending on weather conditions. While you may know Lost Maples for its fall color, but it is spectacular year-round. Visit any time to see abundant wild­flowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. 

Your whole family will find plenty to do here. Take a hike or a photo, go fishing, look for birds and other wildlife, camp, backpack, stargaze and hunt for geocaches. Please stay on designated trails. The natural area contains steep and rugged terrain. Do not climb on rocks or hillsides. Bigtooth maples have shallow roots, and you can hurt the trees by walking over their roots. 

Note: Cell phone service is not available in the Natural Area. 

History

Lost Ma­ples State Nat­ural Area cov­ers 2,174.2 acres in Ban­dera and Real coun­ties. It is north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. Purchased from private owners in 1973 and 1974, the site opened on Sept. 1, 1979. About 200,000 people visit the park each year.

Evidence shows that prehistoric peoples used this area at various times.

The Spanish began exploring and col­o­nizing around here in the late 17th century.

Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians ranged over the land. They posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century.


Lodging

Camping is available in Lost Maples State Natural Area on a first come, first served basis. You can book reservations through the State Park Reservation System.

Additional lodging options are available in Vanderpool, TX. There are lodges, hotels, and Vacation Rental opportunities. A simple Google search will get you where you need to be!