Isle du Bois

ISLE DU BOIS – Saturday December 5, 2015 – Pilot Point, Texas

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.

*Isle du Bois is also part of the EBA High-5 Challenge Series and Texas Trail Running Championship Series!

What the Tribe is Saying about Isle du Bois…

You put on a great party! Look forward to the next adventure with you guys!

Isle du Bois 

Great race! You always do an excellent job! Thank you. Can't wait for the next one.

Isle du Bois 

It was painfully fabulous! Thank you so much for such a well organized and super friendly crew of people! Only my second trail event and I plan on being back for more!

Isle du Bois 


DATE: Saturday December 5, 2015

DISTANCE: 55 km, 36 km, 18 km, 5 mile

**IDB 2015 is a Go! but we have had to adjust the course and race distances.

Here’s why.

All of north Texas received huge rains this Spring that filled all our lakes (yeah!) but it also caused lots of flooding. Isle du Bois state park just opened up at the end of September because of the high water levels. The park is looking great once again!

Unfortunately the high water levels impacted  a section of the trail system (Loop E) which had been part of our course and will require significant assessment, trail re-work, and paperwork. I don’t expect Loop E to be ready for our race in December so this year we will have an adjusted IDB adventure that will be equally as fun.

This year’s adventures will include a 5 mile, 14 mile, 23 mile, and 52 km scamper!

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.

Google Map

Park entrance is off of FM 455 on the southern shores of Ray Roberts Lake.

STARTING TIME: 52 km / 23M – 7:30 AM, 14M / 5M – 7:55 AM, Free Trail Tikes Fun Run (12 and under) – TBD

PACKET PICK-UP / CHECK-IN: Race morning! We will be excitedly waiting. :)

TIME LIMIT: 9 hour time limit! This is based on the 52 km start time. The entire course will be officially closed at 4:30 PM. See cutoff times in the Course section below.

REGISTER: All-Inclusive Pricing. What’s included. The event will have a 400 runner limit. (*FYI – Online registration closes on Monday, November 30.)

Reserve your ticket for a day of trail running adventure, memories including plenty of hugs and high-5s.

Click here to register

**If you are registering someone 18 years old or younger OR 70+ please contact me before registering.

It’s an honor to share the day with you and super excited to support your adventure!

After registering:

*Must register by Sunday, November 8 to receive an event shirt. We need to get them ordered, screened, received, and sorted. Thx!


The Isle du Bois state park has a bunch of great camping sites and facilities.

Dear Ridge camping area would be within walking distance to race start and has nice facilities (bathroom, shower, etc) in the area.

If not interested in the camping option…

The Lantana Resort is about 10 minutes away from Isle du Bois State Park for those looking for a comfy bed.

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.

LIVE RACE UPDATES and RESULTS: Check out the 3 ways to follow the action.

CUP-FREE AID STATIONS: Since our very first race in 2011, we have beeen 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.


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!


All finishers will receive a usable finisher’s gift.

Fast Feet gift awards for the 5 mile, 14 mile, 23 mile, and 52 km race:

  • Top 3 male and female finishers
  • Top male and female in age group 29-and-under
  • Top male and female in age group 30-39
  • 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. Overall awards will be assigned first, then age group awards. The gift award would roll down to the next person.


  • All refunds will deduct a $10 processing fee.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable after Sunday, November 8.
  • 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.

MORE INFO: Course Info and Map – 2015 Version | Results/MediaVolunteer


Be sure to enjoy some post-adventure food. Then hang out, cheer on fellow runners, and share trail stories!