April 28, 2018

Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, Texas
Race Start: 9:00 a.m.

The Gator Bait Adventure race includes approximately 3 miles of trail running, 7 miles of mountain biking, 20–30 minutes paddling, and a mystery event or two. Lose yourself among the majestic trees and natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods. The heavily-wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The race is designed to take 1.5–2.5 hours on average. You may compete solo or as a 2-person team (not a relay) where both racers must stay together the entire time.

 

NEW THIS YEAR: The paddle is in the boat of your choice. Yes, you can bring a kayak. You can race in either a kayak or a canoe…but no pedal kayaks allowed (unless you pull the rudder portion up and lock it so that the pedals can’t be used).
Teams may bring their own boat or rent a canoe from the State Park for $15—which includes the boat, paddles and life jackets.
Solo racers must bring his or her own boat—the State Park canoes are 2-person only.

Register for the Gator Bait

 

Categories

Each person on a team will register separately but use the same exact teamname as your teammate.

  • 2 Person Male
  • 2 Person Male Masters (both members 40+ by end of year)
  • 2 Person Female
  • 2 Person Coed
  • 2 Person Coed Masters (both members 40+ by end of year)
  • 2 Person Parent/Child (child under 18)
  • Solo Male
  • Solo Female

 

Recognition of your Awesomeness

Pricing (per person)

Early-bird Registration
$75 until April 7, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Regular Online Registration
$85 until April 27, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

On-site Registration
$95  7:30–8:30 a.m. race morning

Athletes <18 years old get $20 off the above pricing.

*There is a $5 per person State Park entry fee (free for kids 12 and under or with your Texas State Parks pass).
Teams may bring their own boat or rent a canoe from the State Park for $15—which includes the boat, paddles and life jackets. Solo racers must bring his or her own boat—the State Park canoes are 2-person only.
Register for the Gator Bait

 

Weekend Schedule

Arriving at Huntsville State Park
Enter at Park Headquarters ($5/person or free for kids 12 and under or with your Texas State Parks pass).
Follow the race signs straight ahead. The start/finish transition area is at Screened Shelter #1—starting up the utility easement.

Parking
Use the big lot where the state park store and restrooms are. The State Park does not allow parking at the boat ramp unless you are using the lake with a boat trailer. Arrive early and allow yourself plenty of time to check in at packet pickup and set up your bike in transition area.

Pre-Ride/Run
Friday, all day
Course open for pre-ride/run and tentatively marked by 4:00 p.m.

Packet Pickup and On-site Registration:  
Saturday 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Huntsville State Park, follow race signs after entering at guard gate.

Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting:
Saturday 8:45 a.m.
Race Start – Utility Easement next to Screened Shelter #1

Race Start
9:00 a.m.

Kid’s Race
11:45 a.m. (tentative)

Awards
noon-ish


Huntsville State Park

Address:
Huntsville State Park
565 Park Road 40 West
Huntsville TX 77340

Huntsville State Park is open to the public and will not be closed just for this event so please be courteous of your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

The state police patrol the park during race hours and you will get a ticket if you are caught speeding.


Course

This is an adventure race, which by nature, is an adventure. Be flexible on race day, as the order is something we tell you just before the start. The following activities are included in the race, but are listed here in random order.

NO AID STATIONS
Adventure races are self-sufficient. Please carry a hydration pack or water bottle.

TRANSITION
There is a transition area for you to place your bike and any other gear (spare shoes, coolers, chairs) you are not using during the race. Place everything you are not using for the first event into transition before the start of the race. You will enter transition on one end and exit the other after each leg of the race. We do not use triathlon racks for the bikes. You will lay your bikes on the ground (neatly) in your area. You are welcome to bring your own bike stand if you don’t want your bike on the ground. Please try to keep your personal space to a minimum to make room for all.

PADDLE: 20-30 minutes
The paddle is in the boat of your choice. Yes, you can bring a kayak. You can race in either a kayak or a canoe…but no pedal kayaks allowed (unless you pull the rudder portion up an lock it so that the pedals can’t be used).
Teams may bring their own boat or rent a canoe from the State Park for $15—which includes the boat, paddles and life jackets.
Solo racers must bring his or her own boat—the State Park canoes are 2-person only.

BIKE – 7+ mile loop trail. (Mountain Bikes ONLY. No cyclocross/hybrid bikes allowed)
Bike will be a 1 lap of the Chinquapin Trail (subject to reroutes when construction is active). This trail encircles Lake Raven within the State Park. You will travel over marshes teeming with wildlife, and wind your way through single track trails in the pine trees. The course can be sandy and rooted at times. Yes, there are gators in the park. Stay on your bike and not in the marsh and you will be fine.

Bike course will be marked with tape and BLUE arrows.

RUN – Approximately 3 miles
This course will take you on the Dogwood Loop Trail as well as Prairie Branch Loop Trail. You will run through dogwood trees and into the mixed pine and hardwood forest, before running along the shore of Lake Raven, two completely different habitats.

Run course will be marked with tape and RED arrows.

MYSTERY EVENT
A mystery event is a fun event that can involve a physical or mental challenge within the race. Examples of past mystery events include:

  1. In the middle of the bike leg of the race, stop, blow up a balloon, tie a knot, and then using only your teammate but no hands, pop the balloon without sitting on it
  2. Using a park map, find a location on the map that we have circled and go there and bring back an item we have placed in a bucket
  3. Tie one teammate’s shoe lace to the other teammate’s wrist. Travel about 20 yards around a cone and back to where you started.

*Solo racers are given similar mystery events, with slight variations to allow them to do it solo.

IF you DNF from the RACE for any reason, PLEASE remove your timing chip before approaching the timer to let them know! We will have a bucket for timing chips to return your chip. Deposit your chip there and then let the timer know your bib number.

Note: NO LITTERING THE COURSE. KEEP THE PARK BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT.


Lodging

Huntsville Chamber of Commerce

Camping Reservations at Huntsville State Park


Extra Bits

Right to Cancel or Reschedule: Terra Firma Racing LLC reserves the right in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster to cancel the race or move to a later time that day or alternate date within the year—if available. In the event of a CANCELLATION with no ability to reschedule, there will be NO REFUND OF ENTRY FEES. Each athlete must accept any such risk for their entry paid.