The Game : 5k + last man standing race
october 5th (Saturday)
@ 8:00 AM start (PARK gate opens at 7:00 AM)
McKinney Falls State Park
$50 before oct 1ST (Increases to $60 on oct 1)
Your race fee includes your park entrance fees for The Game. Run a single 5k or commit to running until you just can't run anymore. At 8 AM, everyone will line up at the start line, regardless of how many loops you plan to run. If you make it back in 45 minutes, you are eligible to line up to race again. We will continue that until there is a single racer left standing. It's you against your competitors, and speedy legs will only get you so far.
You need strategy; you need a plan; most of all, you just need to keep running. So, come play our game...
SUNRISE @ 7:27 AM SUNSET @ 7:11 PM
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
Your 5k loop will cover 3.1 miles of the Homestead Trail (pictured below in purple). The start/finish will be on the south side of the loop, on the north side of Onion Creek. Before each loop, we'll flip a coin to determine if you'll run clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Clockwise elevation profile:
interactive strava route
cost: $50 (if you wait until oct 1st, it increases to $60)
This includes your park entrance fee, parking, aid at the start/finish, race photos, and pizza Saturday night if you last that long! Your entry fee covers all distances, whether you compete in the first very competitive 5k or go for the long haul. No medals, no shirts, just racing.
$500 to the overall winner, male or female
The single overall winner, regardless of how long you are out there, will receive $500. There is no minimum number of loops that need to be completed to be our winner. To win, you must be the single, last person who completed a 5k loop in 45 minutes. If there is no single runner left standing, the house wins and Spectrum will likely use the prize money to buy more beer. Last year, the winner ran until 11:30 pm(ish), for a total of 15+ hours.
Throughout the race, we will announce certain loops as "primes". In that specific loop, the top male and female will both be awarded with a prize from one of our sponsors. These specific loops will be kept a secret until race day. The primes will be announced moments before the start of that loop. Prime awards were generously sponsored by:
2018 - Eric Gilbertson (23 loops, 71.3 miles) *1 loop = 3.1 miles
2017 - Dena Carr (22 loops, 66 miles) *1 loop = 3.0 miles
Rules of The Game:
- Plan to park 7:00 - 7:40 am (after the gates have opened but still with enough time to use the bathroom in the parking lot and still get to the start line). Parking is approx 1/4 mile from the start line. There is a water crossing and rocky terrain to get there, so be aware that rolling coolers may not make it. Pack light-ish.
- Line up at 8:00 am sharp to start your first or only 5k. Everyone starts at once.
- Be back to the start line in 45 minutes (minimum 14:30 min/mile pace). Every 45 minutes after the start, we will flip a coin to determine which direction you will run the loop.
- We will let you know when there is one minute left until the next 5k begins.
-Crew access is available at the start/finish. There is plenty of room to set up for your racer.
- No pacers whatsoever
- We will provide Aid at the start/finish (water, ice, and orange-flavored-Tailwind). Around noon on Saturday, we will start cranking out as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as you can eat. For those still racing around dinner time, we will order pizza.
- To win, you must be the only person left standing, the last runner, everyone else has gone home...
When choosing a race, we think it is extremely important that you verify they have a medical team on site, fully equip to extract an injured runner. We, at Spectrum Trail Racing, could not be more proud of our medical staff, Sentinel Safety & Rescue Inc. We typically have 2-3 firefighters trained in a variety of rescue techniques and fully equip with a dirt bike, four-wheeler, liter, and a trailer full of band-aids!
Trail running events pose especially difficult challenges for safety, rescue and response times. Sentinel Safety & Rescue is equipped with the gear and resources to secure any geographical landscape. Getting to a remote location with emergency equipment is difficult enough, but extracting patients shouldn't be a part of the challenge.
Although we can’t guarantee you won’t get hurt, we CAN guarantee we will get you to safety with the precision and speed.