saddle blazer trail race

 marathon, half-marathon, 10K

parrie haynes ranch: kileen, tx

FEBRUARY 24, 2018


race prices

Race Distance Cost
Marathon $105
Half-Marathon $90
10k $60
    Finisher Swag for All Distances

    Finisher Swag for All Distances

           100k  Finisher  Side-Satchel

           100k  Finisher  Side-Satchel

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Race Distance Start Time
Marathon 7:30 am
Half-Marathon 8:30 am
10k 9:30 am
Liunch 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunrise @ 7:15 Sunset @ 6:15 pm pm
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course Descriptions:

This course is typical central Texas trail.  There will be nasty rocky sections, smooth runnable trail, hills, water crossings, and everything in between.  Your shoes may get wet.  There will be creek crossings on every distance.  You will encounter some hills, but there are no long, extended climbs on any distance.  

marathon Course description

The marathon course starts at 7:30 am and runs the course in the following pattern: run the Blue Loop, the northern stretch of the Red Loop to the start of the Green Loop, run all of Green Loop (follow the marathon cut-off shown in pink in the map below), regain the southern section of the Red Loop, run the Red Loop back to the Start/Finish (see map below).

Marathon Aid stations

Aid Station Distance
Buggy Whip 3.3 miles
Start/Finish 6.5 miles
Elm Street 8.2 miles
Elm Street 12.2 miles
Elm Street 18.8 miles
Buggy Whip 23 miles

half-marathon course description

The half-marathon starts at 8:30 am and runs the course in the following pattern: run the Blue Loop and then run the Red Loop. The Half Marathon never runs any part of the Green Loop. Don't do it!!!! See map below.

half-marathon aid stations

Aid Station Distance
Buggy Whip 3.3 miles
Start/Finish 6.5 miles
Buggy Whip 11 miles

10k course description

The 10k starts at 9:30 am and runs one 6.5 mile lap of the Blue Loop (see map below). 

10k aid stations

Aid Station Distance
Buggy Whip 3.3 miles

course map:

10k runs the 6.5 mile blue loop

Half-marathon runs one lap of the blue loop and one lap of the red loop.Marathon runs Blue Loop, northern stretch of Red Loop to Green Loop, all of Green Loop (following marathon cut-off shown here in pink), then finishes on southern section of Red Loop.

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13816 North Maxdale Road, Killeen, TX 76549
Be careful: if you use GPS, this address comes out about 1000 ft north of the actual entrance.

Parrie Haynes Ranch Website



You have the option of bringing your own tent or reserving one of the few lodges they have on site. Email us directly to find out the cabin/lodge availability.

You can reserve a tent space here: MAKE CAMPING RESERVATIONS



Race photos

2018 PHOTOS:  stay tuned!


2016 PHOTO

race results




course records

Race Distance Women's Record Men's Record
100k Martha Newton - 15:25:51 (2017) Steven Moore - 9:30:30 (2017)
Marathon Nicole Kalogeropoulos - 3:46:09 (2017) Steven Moore- 3:17:24 (2016)
Half-Marathon Kate Leugers - 1:43:51 (2017) Mike Kurvach - 1:31:53 (2017)
10k Emily Crowell - 00:46:56 (2016) Trace Heavener - 00:44:50 (2017)



  1. We love dogs, cats, parakeets, and your pet goldfish just as much as you, but they won't be allowed to join you on your run, unless you're doing the 10k. Parrie Haynes is very pup-friendly, so you are welcome to leave them on a leash with a human while you race any of the longer distances. 

  2. Pacers are only allowed on the second half of our ultra distances (100k only). A pacer is only there for motivational support and safety, and thus cannot be used as a mule to carry any of your food/water/gear. 

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. If we have to postpone the race due to weather, we will push the race back to that afternoon or into the next day. We aren't afraid of a downpour, but we don't mess with lightning or hurricanes...or Sharknato.