START/FINISH LOCATION: The start/finish will be at the Group Pavilion building south of the main resort lodge near the cabins and church.
The main loop will contain a large amount of wide, well groomed, and scenic trail that will allow you to look around and enjoy the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Expect significant exposure = minimal shade. It will be hot! (Glen Rose avg: high 89F, low 65F)
Approximately three miles of each main loop (13-ish miles) will treat runners to the Rusty Crown. It’s rugged. It’s steep. It’s technical. It’s fun! And it’s no joke!
The Bowl, is fast, non-technical running that provides some beautiful views of the area and a few fun hills to climb and descend. Don’t forget, the remainder of the Rusty Crown still awaits.
*New for 2014: The new 10 km course (mini-Crown) will get a taste of the Rusty Crown before starting your return scamper back to the finish!
40 mile – three (3) x main loop
marathon – two (2) x main loop
half marathon – one (1) x main loop
10 km = one (1) x modified main loop
Course Map (*9/5 minor course update: The Bowl Aid Station has been moved inside the bowl instead of outside. This will not affect any distances to/from this aid station. It is a very short section of the course.)
**Course distance measured with a Rolatape Professional Series measuring wheel.
Course is subject to change and if so, maps/information will be updated and runners notified immediately.
Hot Weather Running Insight and Tips:
Here are a few articles worth checking out to help prepare for running in hot weather.
- Hydration – What you need to know (from Hammer Nutrition)
- Electrolyte Replenishment – Why It’s So Important and How To Do It Right (from Hammer Nutrition)
- The Dangers of Hot Weather Running (From the hottest of hot events – Badwater)
WEATHER (Glen Rose):
Average low: 65F
Average high: 89F
AID STATIONS: Again, all aid stations will be rockin’ the cup-free status! Please bring your own water bottle or hydration system.
See Cup-Free Racing Support for a list of hydrous options to support this transition.
Purchase and reserve your snazzy EBA Hydrapouch to pick up race morning! (Note, You may have already done this during registration.)
The 40 mile runners will have eleven (11) fully supported aid stations.
The marathon runners will have seven (7) fully supported aid stations.
The half marathon runners will have three (3) fully supported aid stations.
The 10 km runners will have two (2) fully supported aid stations.
Aid stations will be between 2.75 -4.06 miles apart except for the 10 km mini-Crown course which will have aid station access 1.2 miles apart.
The fully supported aid-stations will contain water, electrolyte drink, and a buffet table of other sugary/salty ultra goodies.
DROP BAGS: There will be drop bag locations at the start/finish/Steeple aid station area AND at The Bowl. These areas will include a ground tarp but will not be covered.
CUT-OFF TIMES: 13 hour 30 min time limit! The entire course will be officially closed at 8:30 PM.
Keep it movin’ cut-off of 4:00 pm for starting your last loop.
Must leave The Bowl aid station on your last loop by 6:13 pm.
If you cannot make these cut-off times, you will be kindly escorted from the race and listed as a DQFBIP (Didn’t Quite Finish But Inspired Plenty)…but you will always still be a member of this tribe!
Sunrise / Sunset (Glen Rose, TX, Sept 20):
- Twilight: 6:53am
- Sunrise: 7:18am
- Sunset: 7:32pm
- Twilight: 7:56pm