Saturday January 25, 2020

GOODWATER

An epic adventure and unparalleled solitude experience within the Austin metroplex.

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Overview

The Goodwater event features Double-Marathon, Marathon, 16-mile, and 8-mile races on one of the most technical, rugged, and remote trails around Central Texas. The San Gabriel Trail, also known as the Goodwater Trail, is a 26.2 mile trail circumnavigating Lake Georgetown.

For those attempting the Double-Marathon or Marathon, this is a remote and rugged race course that requires a high degree of technical acumen and self-reliance. Despite the pervasive technical dimension of this trail, it is a fast course for skilled trail runners.

For those newer to the sport, we have 16 mile and 8 mile race options that offer plenty of opportunities to hone your technical trail running skills.

Registration

Double-Marathon

05:30 AM (CST)

Saturday January 25, 2020

Marathon

07:30 AM (CST)

Saturday January 25, 2020

16-Mile

08:30 AM (CST)

Saturday January 25, 2020

8-Mile

09:00 AM (CST)

Saturday January 25, 2020

Schedule

Double-Marathon

Racer Check-in: 4:45 - 5:15

Race Brief: 5:15

Race Start: 5:30

Marathon 

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

Race Brief: 7:15

Race Start: 7:30

16-Miler

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

Race Brief: 8:15

Race Start: 8:30

8-Miler

Racer Check-in: 8:15 - 8:45

Race Brief: 8:45

Race Start: 9:00

Music and Lunch

Music: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Awards

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

Cutoff

Double-Marathon and Marathon: 4:30 PM @ Aid Station East (Mile 44; 11 hours ~ 15:00/mile pace)

Sunrise @ 7:50 am    Sunset @ 6:42 pm

Details

Location

The start/finish line will be on the north side of Lake Georgetown at Russell Park (2101 CR 262, GEORGETOWN, TX 7863)

The drive from downtown Austin is approx 45-50 minutes. Before you get to the main gate entrance, you will see a long, narrow parking lot on your right. Park there and follow cones/signs to the start/finish.

Parking

  • Parking is limited at the Russell Park Start/Finish line so please follow the below guidelines to the best of your ability.
  • If you are camping, please leave your car parked at your campsite. DO NOT drive to the Start/Finish area.
  • If you are running the Double-Marathon (solo), please drive into the Start/Finish area to park near the Start/Finish line.
  • All others, carpool wherever possible. You will park in the parking lot adjacent to the road that enters Russell Park.

Race Rules

Pacers are allowed only on the second loop of the Double Marathon

Every Double Marathon Solo racer MUST start with a light, as you will run in the dark for the first two hours of the race.

Every Marathon and Double Marathon racer (solo and team of two) MUST start with a water carrier. You must either have at least one water bottle or a hydration vest/hydration pack.'

Aid Stations and Drop Bags

Running clockwise, you will hit aid stations (nutrition, Tailwind hydration, people) + water drops (water/Tailwind coolers), as follows:
Mile 4 - water drop (just before Jim Hogg Park)
Mile 8 - Aid Station East (the Dam at Overlook Park)
Mile 15 - water drop (just above Cedar Hollow Camp) ****personal drop optional, as well, see below
Mile 21 - Aid Station West (Tejas Camp)
Mile 26 - Start/Finish aid station

Our aid stations will be stocked with amazing volunteers, fruit, pretzels, cookies, EPIC bars, Huma gels, Clif gels, and Clif food pouches. You will also be fully hydrated with ice cold water, mandarin orange flavored Tailwind, Coke, and Ginger Ale. Although we have cups for soda, you will only be able to fill your own, personal water carrier with water/Tailwind. We will also be in constant contact with each aid station, in the instance that you need to be extracted due to an injury. Our medical team is top notch and our response rate is prompt.

All aid station will have Mandarin Orange Tailwind mixed at a diluted concentration of 100 calories per 24 oz of water. In other words, filling a 24oz water bottle will get you 200 calories of Tailwind Endurance Fuel. You can get additional Tailwind nutrition facts here.

****You can access this water drop very easily with a 15 minute detour on your drive out to the race. If you wish to drop a bag of nutrition/clothes/etc here, use the address: 20100 W Lake Pkwy, Georgetown, TX 78628. That address is at the dead end of a street. Look for the trailhead and from there you will see the table/water drop. Leave your things under the table, marked with your name. Keep in mind this is a public access point, so we can't guarantee that someone won't mess with it. Use trash bags or giant Ziploc bags, that you don't mind losing. If you're leaving food, make sure it is Racoon proof. You must retrieve what you leave there after the race.

Courses

The start/finish is at Russell Park (north side of Lake Georgetown). You will take off east. At mile 4, you will hit a water stop, and continue heading towards the Overlook Trailhead/Headquarters, which you will hit at mile 8. There, you will see our full aid station. Then retrace your steps back to the start/finish, hitting the water stop again at mile 12.

This course encompasses some of the most technical terrain on the Goodwater Trail. The race is great for newcomers and veterans but it does require a high degree of technical acumen.

The start/finish will be at Russell Park (north side of Lake Georgetown). You will take off east and head towards the Jim Hogg Trailhead, where you will see a water drop at mile 4. Grab some water and turn around to retrace your steps to back to the start/finish. 

This course encompasses some of the most technical terrain on the Goodwater Trail. The race is great for newcomers and veterans but it does require a high degree of technical acumen.

The start/finish is at Russell Park (north side of Lake Georgetown). The Double-Marathon makes one clockwise and then one counter-clockwise lap around Lake Georgetown. We will place aid stations on the east and west sides of the lake, along with a full aid station at the start/finish. You'll hit Aid Station EAST (the Dam at Overlook Park) at mile 8. In the 12 miles between the east and west aid stations, there will be a water drop (water/Tailwind) at mile 14.5. You will hit a full aid station, Aid Station WEST, at Tejas Camp at mile 20.7. You will never go more than 8 miles without water. The aid stations will be between 6 and 8 miles apart, so carrying a water bottle or hydration vest is mandatory.

You must get to the aid station east (for the second time), which is approx mile 44, by 4:30 pm to continue. That will give you two hours to finish the last 8 miles of the course.

This is a remote and rugged race course that requires a high degree of technical acumen and self-reliance.

The start/finish is at Russell Park (north side of Lake Georgetown). The Marathon makes one clockwise lap around Lake Georgetown. We will place aid stations on the east and west sides of the lake, along with a full aid station at the start/finish. You'll hit Aid Station EAST (the Dam at Overlook Park) at mile 8. In the 12 miles between the east and west aid stations, there will be a water drop (water/Tailwind) at mile 14.5. You will hit a full aid station, Aid Station WEST, at Tejas Camp at mile 20.7. You will never go more than 8 miles without water. The aid stations will be between 6 and 8 miles apart, so carrying a water bottle or hydration vest is mandatory.

 This is a remote and rugged race course that requires a high degree of technical acumen and self-reliance.

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Location

Russell Park is one of several parks and recreation sites along the San Gabriel River Trail, also known as the Goodwater Loop, which is where the Goodwater trail race event gets its name. Russell Parl is a Trailhead for the Goodwater Trail as well as a recreation site featuring day use pavilions, a boat launch, a swim beach, and tent and cabin campsites. Russell Park has restroom and shower facilities for day use and overnight guests. The cost of entry for the park can be found on the RECREATION.gov website.

Lodging

NEARBY HOTELS:

The Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center is just a 15-20 minute drive from the start/finish and goes for $105/night. Reserve HERE.

CAMPING:

The start/finish of Goodwater is at Russell Park. Those who camp here will be within walking distance of the festivities. You can make that reservation through the Recreation.gov site HERE.