April 29, 2018

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

Choose from a 5k, 15k or 13.1 mile trail run. 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. This race is part of the XTERRA Trail Running Series—some of the most recognizable, enjoyable, sometimes-rooted, sometimes-rocky, sometimes-sandy, tree-ducking, creek-crossing, hill-climbing, dirt-on-your-shirt, sweat-in-your-eye trail runs on the planet.

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Recognition of Your Awesomeness

Podium Categories

    • Overall: Male & Female for each distance
    • Overall: Male & Female Masters (40+) for Half Marathon only
    • Physically Challenged Open Male/Female – 1 deep
    • Age Groups: – 3 Deep
    • Finisher Medal to all finishers

*Age-group awards are based on racing age on August 31, 2018 per XTERRA rules.
Males: 9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Females: 9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

XTERRA Trail Run Series Point Standings

Pricing

5k

$40 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 8
$50 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 28
$60 On-site Registration 7:30–8:30 a.m. race morning

15k

$60 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 8
$70 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 28
$80 On-site Registration 7:30–8:30 a.m. race morning 

13.1mile Half Marathon:

$80 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 8
$90 until 11:59 p.m. (CST) April 28
$100 On-site Registration 7:30–8:30 a.m. race morning

Athletes <18 years old get $10 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).

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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.

Friday, April 27

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

Saturday, April 28

Pre-Ride/Run
Course open for running after the adventure race finishes ~noon.

Sunday, April 29

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

Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting:
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

AID STATIONS
Our aid stations are stocked with Gatorade and water. We have gone green and aid stations will not be stocked with cups. Please carry your own hydration pack to refill at the aid stations. We’ve heard other races fill packs for you, ice you down, shove Pringles in your mouth—we think that’s very nice of them, but we come from the land of grit. The land of self-sufficiency. This is your race, be prepared to take care of yourself.

5k Trail Run
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.

1 aid station, midway-ish

15k Trail Run
This course will be a 1 lap of the Chinquapin Trail plus a small portion of the 5k course (subject to reroutes when construction is active). This trail encircles the entire 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. And yes, there are gators in the park. Stay on the trail and not in the marsh and you will be fine.

Aid Stations approx. every 2-3 miles

13.1mile Trail Run (Half Marathon)
This course will complete a 15k loop first, followed by a 5k loop. We may add a small section to get the appropriate mileage (subject to reroutes when construction is active). This trail encircles the entire 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. And yes, there are gators in the park. Stay on the trail and not in the marsh and you will be fine. You will get to come through transition after the first loop and can put your own special sag bag food/supplies on a table at the turnaround (before the race) if you desire, so that you can access it before heading back out on lap 2. We will also have water/Gatorade available at this table.

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


Lodging

Huntsville Chamber of Commerce

Camping Reservations at Huntsville State Park


Sponsors

Gatorade


Paul Mitchell


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. That said, we have never had to cancel the DIRTY DOZEN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE yet. We even had snow one year. We did have to shorten the course to 8 hours instead of 12 though.