ISLE DU BOIS – Saturday December 7, 2013 – Pilot Point, Texas
IMPORTANT RACE DAY UPDATES
****Unfortunately we are unable to safely put on the Isle du Bois Trail Run. The race is officially cancelled. I will mail the event shirt to everyone that ordered one. The DORBA trail has been closed by the parks team and while exploring an alternate course this morning, we got stuck for 30 minutes this morning checking out an alternate course option using the horse trails. The ground has a few inches of ice crystals and when warmed up a little with vehicle traffic/etc, it turns to nasty ice. With the temp dropping to the teens tonight, driving would be extremely hazardous race morning. Safety of runners, volunteers, and event team is of too high a priority to risk an event. My apologies. Stay safe.
The Isle du Bois Trail Run occurs on the sweet DORBA trail system within the beautiful Isle du Bois (“Island of the Trees”) Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park located 55 miles north of downtown Dallas. This park resides within the North Texas Horse Country which is one of the largest concentrations of horse ranches in the United States. As you drive towards the park you will encounter some of these amazing ranches and often see horses galloping about.
The course itself contains a short segment of wooded double-wide paved trail before you get dirty on some muscle varied single-track within the mostly wooded terrain. You will experience sections of trail that allow you to kick it up a notch as you flow along some well groomed trail, and others that will required focused concentration as you work a short yet fun leg-awakening climb, or dance over and around sections of scattered rocks that will bite if you aren’t careful.
Midway through the clock-wise loop, you will enjoy some great views of Ray Roberts Lake and you may even see some white-tailed deer that often scamper throughout the park.
The Isle du Bois Unit also has some great amenities besides the great trail such as camping, great beach and swim area, nice playgrounds, horse trails, fishing pier, and boat ramp.
DATE: Saturday December 7, 2013
DISTANCE: 55 km, 36 km, 18 km
Yep, our race distances are odd and we kind of like it that way! While the distances may be wacky, they are measured with a professional measuring wheel = pretty darn accurate.
LOCATION: Pilot Point, Texas ( Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park)
Pilot Point is located 55 miles north of downtown Dallas.
Park entrance is off of FM 455 on the southern shores of Ray Roberts Lake.
STARTING TIME: 55 km / 36 km – 7:30 AM, 18 km – 8:00 AM, Free Trail Tikes Fun Run (12 and under) – 8:05 AM
TIME LIMIT: 9 hour time limit! This is based on the 55 km start time. The entire course will be officially closed at 4:30 PM. See cutoff times in the Course section below.
REGISTER: Reserve your ticket for this trail running party at Ultra Signup.
The event will have a 350 runner limit.
Registration closes on December 1. No race week/day registration.
Included in your entry fee:
- State Park entrance fee on race day
- Comfy Bamboo and Organic cotton premium event shirt. You must registered by Sunday, November 10 to receive a shirt or save some coin with the no-shirt option.
- On-site professional medical support
- Online registration fees and any applicable taxes
- Well marked course
- Race course fluid and nutrition
- Finisher’s gift
- Post-race food.
- Loads of fun!
* Entrance fee covers race participant only. Non-race participants will follow standard Texas State park entry guidelines: Children 12-and-under – free. Texas state park pass – All in car in free. If you are not a race participant and don’t fall into one of the above criteria – $7 per person.
CUP-FREE AID STATIONS: We are very excited to be a cup-free racing event! In an effort to reduce our environmental impact (garbage creation, volunteer garbage pickup, etc), all aid stations will be cup-free. Please bring your own water bottle or hydration system. Yeah Earth!
See Cup-Free Racing Support for a list of hydrous options to support this transition.
PACKET PICK-UP / CHECK-IN: Race morning! We will be excitedly waiting.
ACCOMODATIONS: The Isle du Bois Unit has nice campsites that include showers, bathrooms, electric, and water hookups.
Dear Ridge camping area would be within walking distance to race start and has nice facilities (bathroom, shower, etc) in the area.
Neighboring cities with hotels include Gainesville (~35 miles) and Sherman (~35 miles) to the north, and Denton (~21 miles), Frisco (~31 miles), and McKinney (~36 miles) to the south.
Interested in a FREE EBA adventure for you, friend, or that unknown dude or dudette over by that big tree? Check out the Volunteer page on how you can support fellow runners and take home some completely transferable EBA discounts.
Be part of the EBA Volunteer tribe! We are extremely grateful for your support!
THE TRIBE: – Here are a few of those getting dirty on December 7th!
FINISHER’S GIFT and AWARDS:
All finishers will receive a finisher’s gift. To keep within the mission of EBA, the gift will be a cool local item and will not be a medal.
Fast Feet gift awards for both 18 km, 36 km, and 55 km race:
- Top 3 male and female finishers
- Top male and female in age group 40-49
- Top male and female in age group 50-59
- Top male and female in age group 60+
*No stacking of awards. The gift award would roll down to the next person.
OTHER BORING BUT TRUE DETAILS:
- All refunds will deduct a $10 processing fee.
- Entry fees are non-refundable after Sunday, November 10.
- Entry fees are non-refundable, including the event of inclement weather.
- If something occurs that threatens the safety of the event, the event will be altered if reasonable possible, or the event may be delayed or canceled.
- Entries cannot be rolled to another year.
- Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
- Event shirts not picked up on race day will not be mailed.
Be sure to enjoy some post-adventure food. Then hang out, cheer on fellow runners, and share trail stories!
And don’t forget to bring your rubber ducky, the ice bath is waiting.