Saturday December 12, 2020

THE CIRCUS

10k, 30k, and a grueling 12-hr endurance challenge for teams (or 2, 4, or 6) and the daring solo runner.

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Registration

12-Hour Relay

06:00 AM (CST)

Saturday December 12, 2020

$90

12-Hour Solo

06:00 AM (CST)

Saturday December 12, 2020

$110

30k

08:00 AM (CST)

Saturday December 12, 2020

$90

10k

10:00 AM (CST)

Saturday December 12, 2020

$70

Overview

The wildest race of them all. Come experience a unique take on racing. Choose between running solo or joining a team of 2, 4, or 6 to see how many miles you can crank out in 12 hours. Rather just get in shorter, faster miles? Try the 30k and 10k. Either way, you'll see why we call this race "The Circus".

A special note on how this race will work in the COVID-19 pandemic context: we require all participants to adhere to federal, state, and local guidelines concerning social distancing, face mask use, and hand sanitation. More specifically, face masks are required wherever social distancing is not possible, including on the trails. If you are passing other athletes head-on, you should both dawn your masks. If you are passing an athlete from behind, you should already be warning them that you'll be passing on their left, which also serves as a perfect warning for the runner to dawn their mask before you pass.

We will have hand sanitizer around the start/finish area and at all aid stations. We ask all participants that use a water or tailwind cooler to apply hand sanitizer before and after using the coolers (coolers only on 7-mile loop and at the start/finish aid station). There are open restrooms as part of the McKinney Roughs facility and they are supplied with sinks, soap, and paper towels. Face masks are required inside any and all facilities at McKinney Roughs to include the restrooms.

The start/finish area is a wide-open outdoor space that is conducive to social distancing and due to the nature of the racecourse (3 distinct loops), racers will be fairly spread out all day. Because most loops are short, it is easy to bring all of your own nutrition and hydration supplies to store at the start/finish if you do not wish to use the provided aid stations.

As always, be safe, make smart decisions, and please stay at home if you are feeling sick in any way.

Results and Photos

2019 Results2018 Results 2017 Results2016 Results2015 Results
2019 Photos2018 Photos2017 Photos2016 Photos
2015 Photos

Schedule


12-Hour Relay *only 1 team member needed for check-in

Racer Check-in: 5:30 - 5:50 am

Race Brief: 5:50 am

Race Start: 6:00 am

 12-Hour Solo

Racer Check-in: 5:30 - 5:50 am

Race Brief: 5:50 am

Race Start: 6:00 am

10k 

Racer Check-in: 9:15 - 9:50 am

Race Brief: 9:50 am

Race Start: 10:00 am

30k 

Racer Check-in: 7:15 - 7:50 am

Race Brief: 7:50 am

Race Start: 8:00 am

Lunch

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

**Make your own hot dog, over the campfire. Veggie options and toppings provided, too!

Awards

30k and 10k - 1:00 pm

12-Hour Races - 6:00 pm

Cutoff

All races: 6:00 pm

Sunrise @ 7:10 am       Sunset @ 5:30 pm

Details

Location
McKinney Roughs Nature Park - 1884 TX-71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Park Entrance Fees:
Park entrance fees are covered for all race participants. Spectators must pay their own entry fee. You can pay for spectator entry fees

Parking
All racers will enter the main entrance, and follow the 1/2 mile road until you see buildings and a bus stop. At that point, you are welcome to unload your things and go park in the lot labeled "overflow parking". Follow directions from race day parking volunteers.

Vendors will enter the main entrance and then follow the signs for vendors, to get you as close as we can to the start/finish (shown in red).

Race Rules
All racers, team and solo, must start on the 7 mile loop. After that, you're on your own to organize your loop order. Each team member must run at least one loop, but that's it! At the furtherst point on each loop, you will collect a wristband that shows you made it out there. At the completion of each loop, you will check-in with the leader board so we can keep track of your team's mileage.  Each time a relay runner completes a loop, they must hand off their timing chip to a teammate. No individual runner can run the same loop twice in a row. Your teammate can run the loop you just ran, but you, as an individual, can't go back out onto the loop you just finished when it is your turn again. 

The same rules apply to solo runners. Solo runners cannot run the same loop twice in a row. The goal for all relay teams and solo runners is to get in as many miles as possible in 12 hours. You earn a point for each mile (7 mile loop = 7 points). A loop must be completed by 6 pm to count towards your overall points. So, if you're a 1/2 mile from the finish when 12 hours are up, no credit for that incomplete loop.

Aid Stations and Drop Bags
The only aid station for this race is at the start/finish line. There is one water drop (water/Tailwind) at mile 5 on the 7 mile loop.

The start/finish aid station will be stocked with amazing volunteers, fruit, pretzels, cookies, energy gels. 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 Endurance Fuel. You can get additional Tailwind nutrition facts here.

Courses

The 30k course will run the 7 mile loop, the 5 mile loop, and then the 7 mile loop again. For each of these three loops, you are responsible for running the quick out/back. This is a hilly and scenic route touring ecologic niches as diverse as old growth Pecan stands, Pine stands, and riverside trails.

The 10k course runs one lap of the 7 mile loop without the out and back required for the 12-Hour racers. While hilly, this 10k course is non-technical allowing runners to blaze some fast miles!

6 AM - 6 PM - You will have three different loops of varying distances (approx 7 miles, 5  miles, and 3 miles), which can be run in any order, except the first loop, which must be the 7 mile loop. At 6:00 AM sharp, all team and solo runners will head out on the 7 mile loop. After that, you're on your own to organize your loop order. Each time you complete a loop, you must hand off your timing chip to a teammate. Each individual cannot run the same loop twice in a row. Your teammate can run the loop you just ran, but you, as an individual, can't run back to back loops. The goal is to get in as many miles as possible in 12 hours. You earn a point for each mile (7 mile loop = 7 points). A loop must be completed by 6 pm to count towards your overall points. So, if you're a 1/2 mile from the finish when 12 hours are up, no credit for that incomplete loop.

We will have plenty to do to keep you entertained at the start/finish while you wait. Bring a tent, chairs, coolers, etc.

View the 7-Mile Loop on Strava

View the 5-Mile Loop on Strava

View the 3-Mile Loop on Strava

6 AM - 6 PM - You will have three different loops of varying distances (approx 7 miles, 5  miles, and 3 miles), which can be run in any order, except the first loop, which must be the 7 mile loop. At 6:00 AM sharp, all team and solo runners will head out on the 7 mile loop. After that, you're on your own to organize your loop order. There is only one rule: you can't run the same loop twice in a row. The goal is to get in as many miles as possible in 12 hours. You earn a point for each mile (7 mile loop = 7 points). A loop must be completed by 6 pm to count towards your overall points. So, if you're a 1/2 mile from the finish when 12 hours are up, no credit for that incomplete loop.

View the 7-Mile Loop on Strava

View the 5-Mile Loop on Strava

View the 3-Mile Loop on Strava

Photos


Location

TBD

Lodging

Bunkhouses:

At McKinney Roughs, we are able to offer a great place for you to stay the night before and/or after your race!

You pay $40/night/person. There are three two-story bunkhouses, each with dozen bunkbeds (bring your own pillow/bedding) in them. These cabins have electricity, heated showers, air conditioning, etc. Only those staying in the dorms will have access to the showers after the race (bring your own towel/toiletries). You may request to be on a floor with only your family or running group, as long as you have a party of at least 4 people. Those who are making a solo reservation will be put on a floor with other solo racers of the same gender (not to exceed 6 people on a given floor, so that you can each have your own bunk and a bed between you).

The Circus Lodging Reservations

Camping:

Camping will not be allowed this year, unfortunately, as per LCRA rules.