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Dinosaur Valley Race Guide

Overview

COVID-19 Considerations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Location

Parking & Directions

 

 

 

Packet Pickup

Race Start

Race Site Layout and Etiquette

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS:

We are all learning so much about this virus as the weeks and months pass, so I fully recognize this plan may need to be revised again even closer to race day as we learn more. It is incredibly important to me to keep the participants, my volunteers, myself, and the local residents all safe and healthy. 
 

My directions when handling the virus will also no doubt be more conservative than some event producers because I take the threat of short- and long-term health effects, as well as the risk of death, seriously with this virus. And also because I myself am immunocompromised and don’t want to risk my kids and my husband losing me or handling potential long term health issues for me from the virus since I have 2 pre-existing medical conditions. However, at the same time, I want to be able to provide an event for the community when so many events have been canceled in the recent past and for the foreseeable future! 
 

In the interest everyone’s safety I just assume that all volunteers and race participants are both (1) immunocompromised so I will take precautions to keep you safe AND (2) asymptomatically and unknowingly positive for COVID-19 so I will take precautions to keep you from giving the virus to others! This helps me lay out guidelines for the event to make sure everyone is safe!

From what was on this website previously in a typical year, you will find changes in the following sections:

  • Overview (Schedule, Race Start, and Race Site Layout & Etiquette)

  • Aid Stations

  • Course

  • Drop Bags, Spectators, Crew, & Pacers

  • Medals, Buckles, Awards, & Timing

 

General Comments
Failure to follow any rules set out here can result in disqualification and potential future bans from The Active Joe events. These rules are also conveyed to the State Park to show that we are mitigating risk so any failure by individuals to not follow the rules can jeopardize the future of this race. 


Please stay home if you, anyone in your household, or anyone you have been within 6 feet of has experienced a fever or been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the race. There will not be temperature checks before the race, so everyone is expected to be honest about their possibility of having Coronavirus (symptomatically or asymptomatically) when coming to this event.
 

Please practice COVID-mitigation during any travel to and from this event. We want to eliminate any possibilities for the coronavirus to spread before, during or after this event. If we all cooperate, we can continue to host safe events, and work our way to future events with fewer regulations.

SCHEDULE:

Due to the continuing pandemic, the race schedule has been modified to the following. Start time windows will be assigned for all participants close to race day.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 7 am – Packet pickup begins for Saturday participants. You may only pick up during your assigned window.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8 am to 9:10 am – 100 mile and 100K starts in waves.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11 am to 11:30 am – 50K / 25K / 5 Mile assigned to a Saturday start will start in waves. (Only available for those registered before 9/28 who replied to an email about their assigned day!)

  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 7 am – Packet pickup begins for Sunday participants. You may only pick up during your assigned window.

  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 8 am to 8:30 am – 50K assigned to a Sunday start will start in waves.

  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 8:30 am to 9:20 am – 25K / 5 Mile assigned to a Sunday start will start in waves.

  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 3:00 pm - all 100 mile and 100K participants must have started their final loop (mile 89.5 for 100 milers)

  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 6:00 pm – last incremental cutoff for all distances approximately 2.5 miles from the finish.

 

Note that sunrise is 6:50 am and sunset is 5:03 pm, so plan accordingly to bring a headlamp/flashlight.

 

LOCATION:

Get ready to run in Dino Valley! The race is held at the beautiful Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas. This course has rolling and sustained ascents and descents, although none are terribly steep. The loops take you through varied terrain, from double track trails in fields to single track in wooded areas. There is a mix of packed dirt, smaller rocks, larger rocks, slick rock, and some roots. There are NO river crossings. This course really has a little of everything, which includes its views. There are amazing overlooks on this course where you can see for miles.


PARKING & DIRECTIONS:

The race is through a back gate into the State Park that is only accessible during race weekend. Do NOT map to the State Park or you will be in the wrong place. To access parking, car camping, AND the start/finish, use the following address: 4004 Co Rd 1007, Glen Rose, TX 76043. Since you can't always trust GPS / map software, please use these directions as you approach the area:

The back gate to the park is located five miles west of Glen Rose.

  • Take U.S. Highway 67 S through Glen Rose

  • Turn Right on to Hereford St/56 N (then go 4 Miles)

  • Turn Left onto CO RD 1007 (then go 2.7 Miles)

  • There will be a gate on your left.

Click on the map for a bigger version.

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Parking is FREE. There will be a parking pass in your packet that is only needed for the main park entrance (not where the race is). Put it on your windshield if you will want to go over to the park's main gates before, during, or after the race and not have to pay entry over there. This is great for your family to enjoy the parks, your crew to access you at one of the aid stations, and you can use the park's restrooms and campground showers before and after the race!

PACKET PICKUP:

Packet Pickup will be at the race site but set apart from the start line. All packets will be pre-stuffed. You will be given a 10 minute window to come get your packet 1 hour before your assigned race start. If the weather is really nice, they will be set out in numerical order in the grass with signage as we have a nice big field to work with. If the weather is terrible, it will likely be handed to you through a slot in clear plastic while the volunteer grabs the packet in the packet pickup tent.
 

What am I picking up? The following things will be in your packet:

  • Your bib (write medical concerns we should know about on the back as well as emergency contact numbers)

  • Safety pins. Pin your bib wherever you want as long as it's on the front of you AND my volunteers can clearly read it at each aid station. If you fold your bib, do not bend the foam chip on the back of the bib.

  • Your entrant shirt - Due to COVID-19, absolutely NO shirt swaps allowed this year to prevent cross-contamination of germs between participants

  • Your Parking Pass. Put it on your car windshield to get free access during the weekend at the State Park.

No race day distance changes. No race day signups.

Once your race distance starts, you have forfeited all rights to your packet, and the shirt in the packet will be made available to runners who showed up to the start of the race.

RACE START:

All distance change requests need to be communicated by the end of Wednesday, November 18, so we can confirm a new start time and which wave you will be in!

 

It is crucial that you start in the time slot to which you’ve been assigned. If you arrive late, I will not be able to accommodate letting you start because the timing for multiple start waves over multiple distances over two full days is already complicated enough. So plan tons of extra time to arrive and get settled, and watch your clocks!


There will be no trail briefing before each start. Any information needed will be on the website, and then a recorded trail briefing will be available the day before on the event’s Facebook page.


You will be assigned a 10 minute starting window. You can start anytime within that window. Once you set up your crewing spot in the crewing area (see Race Site Layout for an explanation of where you can set your things out for during the race care), you must return to your car until a couple minutes before your starting window and at that time go straight to the start line.


All timing is chip-based, and the chip is on the back of your race bib. Be sure not to bend the chip if you want to be timed. Your time will start when you cross the starting mats, so no need to rush to be the first across the line in your 10-minute starting window or to even be in the first starting wave for your distance!


100K and 100 Miler will start between 8 am and 9:10 am. 100K will be in the earliest waves because they are running the longer loop first (while 100 milers do one 5 mile loop first). There will be 7 waves of approximately 30 people per wave, so the last wave will start at 9:10 am.


50K / 25K / 5 Milers who are signed up for Saturday (have friends or family running the 100K or 100M) will start at 11:00 am in waves. There will be 3 waves of 20 people per wave, so the last wave starts at 11:30 am. Only available for those registered before 9/28 who replied to an email about their assigned day!


For those running shorter distances Sunday – The 50K will start at 8 am, with 3 waves of 30 each. The 25K and 5 miler will have a combined start beginning at 8:30, with 5 waves of 30 each. It is estimated that by Sunday, only 40% of the 100K and 100 milers from Saturday will still be running. Any new entrants 9/28 or later will have a Sunday start.


The goal of scheduling the different distances and waves like this is that there should not be over 230 people spread out over the 10.5-mile loop course at any given time.

 

 

RACE SITE LAYOUT AND ETIQUETTE:

Masks must be worn by everyone in the field where the start/finish/Cedar Brake aid stations are anytime they are outside a car. 


Those not in the same household must keep 6 feet from all others at all times at the race site.


Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple places throughout the area.

Parking is onsite and close to everything so this should ensure people wait in their cars until their start window.
 

There will be lawn signs reminding everyone to wear their masks at the race site at all times, to wear their mask when passing anyone on the course, and to keep 6 ft distance at all times.
 

The tented area for race headquarters as well as the timing tent will be off limits to all participants and only accessible to staff and volunteers.
 

Before Your Race

The start line will be very segregated from the finish line or where runners loop through to continue their race. It will be coned/fenced off and only those starting their race will be allowed into the corral to cross the starting mat.

There will be an area marked off for runners to put their supplies aka your "Crewing Spot". This is available for everyone except the 5 milers, so all participants who will be doing multiple loops. They can space out in this large area and have a camp chair, 10x10 canopy tent if it’s raining, and all their food and beverage supplies.

While on the Course

Participants will need to carry on their person a mask, buff, or gaiter (something that covers the mouth and nose yet is comfortable enough to run in) during their race. It can remain down / off when there are no participants or volunteers around, but it must be kept handy and pulled up over the nose and mouth when passing or approaching any participant or volunteer on the race course. That includes passing them going the same direction, approaching them from the opposite direction, and regardless of trail width (yes, mask must be pulled up on the fire road areas too). ANY encounters with other participants.

When Your Race Is Over

The finish line will be very separate from the start area and will have a designated area for runners to get their finisher medals.

 

As soon as your race day is over (either by finishing or if you log a DNF – Did Not Finish), you will need to immediately collect your belongings and leave. No loitering or hanging around the finish line or crewing areas. That includes if you are waiting for a family member or friend (unless you are the parent/guardian of a minor participant still on the course). You will need to wait at the vehicle you arrived in while they are still out on the course.

 
 

Aid Stations

Aid Stations Locations

Aid Station Food / Drink

Check-In/Out & Dropping

AID STATION LOCATIONS:

For each 10.5-mile loop of the course, below are the aid station details. See the Cutoffs section above for aid station cutoff details.

FENCE LINE is an aid station you hit outbound and inbound in the longer loop so make sure you know which way you're headed or ask the volunteers if you don't know. 5 milers only hit Fence Line once outbound.

CEDAR BRAKE is accessed at the start/finish of each loop. It is two-way traffic from Cedar Brake to Fence Line aid station.

Here's everything in one big chart:

AID STATION FOOD & DRINK:

COVID-19 conditions mean that our aid station situation will be very different as compared to how we would normally operate.

 

The emphasis on aid in this year’s race is SELF-SUFFICIENCY for food, beverage, and medical needs to keep everyone the safest (preventing congregating at aid stations and cross-contamination to potentially make this a super spreader event). 


Water
 

You are expected to carry a hydration solution that will allow you to do a full loop (whether that’s 5 miles or 10.5 miles for your race distance). Everyone in a race longer than 5 miles will be able to pick up a 1 gallon bottle of water during packet pickup. Any water needed beyond this is the responsibility of the participant to bring. I truly just can’t support having 16.9-oz individual water bottles at an aid station table as I know we would go through a ton, and that’s a ridiculous amount of plastic. Water refills is a big source of congregating around aid station tables, and water cooler handling can increase the chances of cross-contamination of germs, so we are just avoiding all of that altogether!
 

Other Beverages


Participants should bring whatever hydration they will need and have it in their crewing set-up spot at Cedar Brake Aid Station.
 

Food
 

Both aid stations will have a couple prepared foods available for those in the longer distances to access during their race. This food is not available to 5 milers. Volunteers will use gloves and wear masks at all times. Single use cups, cutlery, plates, and bowls will be used. Plastic sheeting and/or at least 6 feet of distance will be between the volunteers in the cooking tent and the tables to hand out the food. No participants will be allowed in the food tent. Food will only be handed out of the tent and onto the table to then be collected by the individual participant as it is requested.
 

We suggest checking in to “order” from our limited selections then handling your crew things and returning to collect the food when it’s ready.
 

PB&J sandwich quarters and some form of tortilla roll-up will be available at all times. Beginning at 5 pm on Saturday through 3 pm Sunday, hot foods and liquids will be available at the aid station. A rotating assortment of a couple options will be available as volunteers cook things up. 
 

All other food and beverages will need to be brought by the participants so that there is no sharing of resources or congregating at an aid station table.
 

Medical Supplies
 

We will have some basic medical supplies for emergencies, but the majority of any supplies you will need should be brought and administered by the participant themselves.
 

CHECK-IN/OUT & DROPPING

At every aid station, participants are expected to check in and out. If you are bib 482, when you arrive, yell "482 IN." When you leave, you or your pacer (for 100 milers) should yell "482 OUT" and check that someone is recording. This keeps our records accurate.

If you decide to drop out of the race, you must please let the aid station captain know and make sure they note it on their clipboard. We don't want you to leave with your crew and then we're calling you or your emergency contact a couple hours later looking for you, or searching the expanse of the trail system for you!

Volunteers will work to monitor every participant's ingress to and egress from the aid stations. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone whose times between any check-in or check-out do not grossly align with the paces expected based on their moving times the rest of the race and their racing history.

 

Course

Course Overview

Course Map

COVID-19 Considerations and Rules regarding the Course

Trail Hazards

Course Markings

 

 

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:

The race is held at the beautiful Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas. This course has rolling and sustained ascents and descents, although none are terribly steep. The loops take you through varied terrain, from double track trails in fields to single track in wooded areas. There is a mix of packed dirt, smaller rocks, larger rocks, slick rock, and some roots. There are NO river crossings in case you are reading past race reports or seeing old race photos (removed starting in 2018). This course really has a little of everything, which includes its views. There are amazing overlooks on this course where you can see for miles.

The course we are using was first used in 2018.

Course Layout

5 Mile – 5-mile reduced portion of the main loop.

25K – 5 mile course for your first loop THEN 1 loop of the 10.5-mi loop.

50K – 3 loops of the 10.5-mi loop.

100K – 6 loops of the 10.5-mi loop.

100 Mile – 5 mile course for your first loop THEN 9 loops of the 10.5-mi loop.

None of the races cross the river at any time. This also means our course isn't affected by intense seasonal or sudden rainy weather! 

COURSE MAP:

Click on the map to see it bigger, PDF version!

*Mileage is not for contestation. You will cover at least the distance you signed up for.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS AND RULES ON THE COURSE:

The race course is mostly on wide fire road, and the sections that are narrower single track trail are mostly one-way traffic. The loop is big enough to space people out at 10.5 miles long (with an abbreviate 5 mile loop for shorter distances). The course already works well for keeping participants spaced apart.

 

Participants will need to carry on their person a mask, buff, or gaiter (something that covers the mouth and nose yet is comfortable enough to run in) during their race. It can remain down / off when there are no participants or volunteers around, but it must be kept handy and pulled up over the nose and mouth when passing or approaching any participant or volunteer on the race course. That includes passing them going the same direction, approaching them from the opposite direction, and regardless of trail width (yes, mask must be pulled up on the fire road areas too). ANY encounters with other participants.
 

Even with pulling up the mask, please stay to the right in two-way sections and give a wide berth to other participants.
The ONLY place to drop from the race is at the start/finish/Cedar Brake area. 

 

If you have a medical emergency and absolutely can’t continue, please notify any participants who come upon you with (1) your name and bib number, (2) your emergency, (3) details on where you are located. They will relay the information to the next staff they encounter, and we will work to get aid to you.
 

TRAIL HAZARDS

This is not an exhaustive list but some hazards to watch out for on the trail:

  • Snakes - it's typically cold in November so we hope they will have headed to hibernate, but there are copperheads spotted in the spring, summer, and fall at the State Park.

  • Bobcats and coyotes - we don't expect them to give anyone any trouble, but they do live in these woods.

  • Cactus - Be careful going off trail to use the bathroom.

  • Slickrock - it's fine unless it rains and then it lives up to its name. Watch your footing.

  • Loose rocky terrain

COURSE MARKINGS

As a state park, they have established a grid of trails through their land. It is each participant's responsibility to watch carefully for course markings. We will be using a combination of

  • bright pink contractor tape flagging, with reflective tape on the ends to capture the light of your headlamp in the dark, that will be clothespinned to tree branches and bushes.

  • bright pink stake flags for major field sections that don't have bushes to attach ribbons to

  • arrow signs (left, right, straight)

In spots where there's an intersection, just follow the flagging for the correct route to take if there are no arrow signs specifically. Flagging will be visible from where you are standing in the intersection.

Confidence flagging: For trail sections where there's no possible logical offshoot of a trail that you could take other than the one you are on, you may go as far as a half mile without flagging.

If you ever get to a spot where you are completely unsure of where you are, backtrack on the path you took until you get to course markers. If you become utterly and completely lost, never ever go off trail. Sit down where you are and wait until someone gets to you.

Ultimately, you are responsible for knowing the course.

COURSE ELEVATION:

The race course is mostly rolling hills. Here is an elevation profile from a full 10.5-mile loop (excluding the first tenth of a mile or so at the beginning and end of the loop, just how it got recorded). The 10.5-mile loop has approximately 620 feet of gain/loss per loop. The 100 mile is estimated to be about 6000 ft of total gain/loss. The 100K is estimated to be about 3700 ft of total gain/loss.

 

Drop Bags, Spectators, Crew, and Pacers

Crewing Spot / Drop Bags

Spectators

Crew

Pacers

Crewing Spot / Drop Bags:

At the Start/Finish/Cedar Brake Aid Station: There will be an area marked off for runners to put their supplies (aka “Crewing Spot”). This is available for everyone except the 5 milers, so all participants who will be doing multiple loops. They can space out in this large area and have a camp chair, 10x10 canopy tent if it’s raining, and all their food and beverage supplies. Please keep a circle of 6 ft between you and anyone else’s set-up. By moving everyone to distanced spots, there will be no congregating close togehter in a main aid station tent overnight in cold or wet conditions. You will need to use your car to warm up or get dry.

In general, everyone is welcome to visit their car during the race as long as they re-enter the course where they left. Crewing from your car is allowed.


At the Fence Line Aid Station: 100K and 100 milers may put a drop bag out at the Fence Line aid station by dropping it in the designated area at the start line on Saturday morning. The drop bags will be collected and transported by 9:10 am (the last wave start for these distances). Therefore, the earliest starting waves shouldn’t anticipate being able to access their bags until after 9:30 due to loading, transport, and unloading. Once they are at Fence Line, they will be spread out on tarps and sorted by bib number. 

Please exercise reason regarding the size of your drop bag. It should not be bigger than 2 ft by 2 ft by 1 ft. Secure any liquids or fragile items for transport. Assume it will be exposed to the elements and uncovered, and plan accordingly.


When your race day is over, you can go to the Fence Line Aid Station to collect your drop bag. Directions will be included in the Runners’ Manual you receive race week.
 

Spectators:

Because of COVID-19 conditions, absolutely no spectators in any distances, except for one parent/guardian of any participants who are minors (under the age of 18). We do need volunteers though so if you want to see friends come in, email us to sign up for a shift!!

Crew:

NO crew for those in the 5 mile and 25K.
 

Each participant in the 50K or longer may have ONE crew member at any given time to assist them over in the crewing area at Cedar Brake Aid Station (see my comment in the next paragraph about crewing from your car as an alternative). That crew member can approach the food tent to get hot food and drink for their participant. At the times a participant has a pacer, this ONE crew member is in addition to the active pacer. (So note that if you are swapping out pacers every loop in the late miles, they can’t all stand around and help you!) You can change out who is crewing you throughout the race, but only one person can be at the race site at any given time to serve exclusively as your crew. 

 

Crews may only access their runners within 200 yards of the aid station. Crewing a participant outside that area may result in disqualification. You CAN visit your car at Cedar Brake Aid Station (it's in the same field you are parked in and easy to walk to), and this is a great solution if you have more than one person crewing you. Note that no more than one of your crew can be up at the aid station / crewing area waiting for you to come in or getting you supplies from the food tent.

Crews may not eat or drink from the aid stations (does not apply to pacers).

Failure by any crew member to follow the rules set out here may result in disqualification of their runner.

PACERS:

Participants can have a pacer starting beyond mile 50 (therefore, pacers are for 100K and 100 mile runners only).

Participants can pick up or change pacers only at the Cedar Brake aid station. The 100K run 10.5-mile loops so you can begin pacing at mile 52.5. 100 Mile runners do a 5 mile loop before beginning their 10.5-mile loops, so they can pick up a pacer at the following mileages: 57.5, 68.0, 78.5, 89. 

 

Participants can only be paced by one person at a time. 

No pacers are allowed in the 50K, 25K, or 5 mile races.

No muling allowed. This means that a pacer may not carry or deliver anything to their runner unless within 100 yards of an aid station. This includes food and water. Muling may be lead to disqualification.

Pacers may eat and drink from each aid station just like the participants, but not until shortly before they start pacing. You don't get to nosh all Saturday when you won't start pacing until Sunday 2 am, for example.

Failure by any pacer to follow the rules set out here may result in disqualification of their runner.

 

Cutoffs & Medical

Cutoffs

Medical

CUTOFFS:

We have VERY EXTENDED cutoffs in 2020. Now you must make it to the last aid station (Fence Line Inbound at Mile 97.5) by Sunday, 6:00 pm, regardless of your start wave!

Because of the longer distances in the race, there should be no worries from 5 mile, 25K, and 50K participants about finishing cutoffs. The following info is really only relevant to the 100K and 100 Mile participants.

There will be no FINAL cutoff time (within reasonable limits - read on).

There are incremental cutoffs ONLY. You must make each of these cutoffs in order to continue in the race.

 

Here are the cutoffs for all distances. Note the mileages are based on the 10.5-mile loop.

These cutoffs represent the time you must be OUT of the aid station by. If a participant chooses to leave an aid station and return to the race course after the time cutoff or after being told by aid station volunteers that they are being pulled from the race, the participant is instantly disqualified and may be banned from future races.

If you leave an aid station before the cutoff but then backtrack and return to that same aid station after the cutoff, you will be pulled from the race.

The finish line will be stripped to bare bones at 3:00 pm but if you can make the final cutoff, we will wait for you at the finish, however long you take to make the final 2.5 mile journey, within reasonable limits (up to 3 hours for that final stretch).

Medical: 

Each runner is responsible for their own actions. You need to be prepared both physically and mentally for all of the various stresses of the race. Our hope is to not have to call 911 for any of you. But in the event we have to in a medical emergency, medical expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participants receiving medical attention. Some parts of this trail are very remote to road access, and there may be a substantial amount of time that passes before medical personnel can arrive to provide aid.

Runners must understand all risks associated with undertaking this event. These physical and mental stresses include, but are not limited to, dehydration, hyponatremia, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, renal failure, seizures, hypoglycemia, disorientation, falls resulting in physical injury, complete physical and mental exhaustion, etc. Every participant is expected to monitor his or herself continually with an understanding of their own personal limitations. YOU, the individual participant, are absolutely responsible for your well being during and after the race.

 

Medals, Buckles, Awards & Timing

Medals & Buckles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

Timing

MEDALS AND BUCKLES:

Medals will be set out in a dedicated area near the finish line and you will be able to take one with you when you finish. No volunteer will be handling giving out medals. All medals for 2020 will be the same across all distances so there’s no confusion in picking up the wrong one. In the past, I haven’t given a medal for the 100K and 100 miler because there’s also a buckle, but this year, all distances including the 100K and 100 Miler will all take home a medal upon finishing.
 

Because buckles are expensive and no-show rates, drop out rates, and now ALSO the possibility of moving to virtual if there is a surge of COVID cases locally close to race day make everything unbelievably unpredictable, buckles will be ordered post-race and mailed to you in approximately 6 weeks after your 100K or 100 Mile finish. One buckle of each type (100K, Sub-24 hour 100 Mile, and 100 Mile over 24 hours) will be available for you to pick up, have your photograph taken (which will then be available on the Facebook page), and then will be sanitized when you set it back down.
 

AWARDS:

All placement for results on the website and for awards will be based on chip time, not on gun time, so that it doesn’t matter what wave you are in. 


For race distances held both days, awards and placement will be determined after all race results are consolidated.
 

No awards will be handed out at the race. I will strive to mail all awards within 15 days of the race finish.
 

There are the following awards in each distance:

  • Top 3 Overall male and female

  • First place male and female in the following age groups: 00-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-99. If any distance grows substantially, we will consider going deeper in the awards categories.

There is no prize money. Awards for The Active Joe races are small and will travel well in checked or carry-on luggage.

TIMING:

The event will be chip timed. The "chip" is actually a tag attached to the back of the race bib. Unlike shoe chip tags, there are no special instructions for the bib tag.  They do not have to be looped a specific way, nor is there possible runner mishandling that can compromise RFID timing.  Do not take the foam cover off your bib chip. If you do not have a chip on the back of your bib, find the race timer by the start/finish early race day morning to get a new bib.

 

All placement for results on the website and for awards will be based on chip time, not on gun time, so that it doesn’t matter what wave you are in. 

Some tips that enhance reader sensitivity, all of which are very standard practices:

  • Bibs need to be worn to ensure race timing.  If they do not wear a bib, they do not receive a time.

  • Bibs should be worn on the front of the body.

  • Bibs should be worn visible to anyone observing, so on the exterior of clothing.  If you wear a jacket and place the bib underneath, it can help if you expose the underlying bib upon mat-crossing to enhance reader sensitivity.  This is usually only a precaution.

  • Bibs should not be crumpled up and placed inside runner's clothing.

Failure to register on multiple timing mats or incredibly inconsistent timing splits between timing mats may result in investigation and potential disqualification. The same is true for those not registering in the written rosters of check-ins at aid stations or inconsistent or unreasonable splits from one aid station to another.

There may be at least one timing mat besides the one at the start/finish somewhere out on the race course. We will not be announcing the locations of all of these mats.

If you find you inadvertently go off course or take a wrong turn, you must return to where you left the course before continuing. If you cut a loop short and realize it, immediately notify volunteers to go find the race officials so a determination can be made as to how to help you complete the full distance.

 

Those not following the course will risk disqualification.

 

Swag

For your entry, you receive:

  • Technical fabric shirt (in your size while supplies last)

  • The opportunity to run beautiful trails during a competitive race!

  • Being taken care of for up to 32+ hours (depending on your race distance) with aid station, portapotties, race timing, and a marked race course.

For your finish, you receive:

  • A Finisher Medal. All medals for 2020 will be the same across all distances so there’s no confusion in picking up the wrong one. In the past, I haven’t given a medal for the 100K and 100 miler because there’s also a buckle, but this year, all distances including the 100K and 100 Miler will all take home a medal upon finishing.

  • A Belt Buckle for those in the 100K and 100 Miler (though you don't get to take one home on race day). Because buckles are expensive and no-show rates, drop out rates, and now ALSO the possibility of moving to virtual if there is a surge of COVID cases locally close to race day make everything unbelievably unpredictable, buckles will be ordered post-race and mailed to you in approximately 6 weeks after your 100K or 100 Mile finish. One buckle of each type (100K, Sub-24 hour 100 Mile, and 100 Mile over 24 hours) will be available for you to pick up, have your photograph taken (which will then be available on the Facebook page), and then will be sanitized when you set it back down.

Environment

Weather

Littering

Weather:

Average low temperature is 53. Average high temperature is 74. But it’s Texas so the weather is known for being unpredictable. October is historically the rainiest month in fall.

Sunrise: 7:44 am. Sunset: 6:38 pm.

The weather can be unpredictable, but hey, that's Texas for you! The first year, 2014, was a mudfest of constant rain. This resulted in a 20% finish rate in the 100 miler, the 50 miler having to be canceled, and an unusually low finish rate for a 50K.

In 2015, 17 hours into the 100 miler, the entire race had to be cancelled. Storms came through Friday into Friday night, and what wasn't forecasted to happen, they just sat on top of us as we approached midnight. This led to significant flash flooding on the course, which has the highest point in Dallas but also has quite a few valleys and hollows. Runners reported chest deep water. We held the race for an hour to see if the storms would move through and when they didn't and we had more reports of bridges being out and snakes moving out on the trails in the higher elevations to escape drowning, we were forced to cancel all the events.

  • In 2016, we had a 0% chance of rain in the forecast, and it still managed to rain just about the whole event.

  • In 2017, we had record heat for DFW, with temperatures topping out in the high 80's.... in November.

  • In 2018, the weather was finally perfect!

 

If we find you littering, you're disqualified. We are here by the permission of the property owners, and we want them to invite us to come back. Don't jeopardize that for everyone. If you get all the way out of the aid station with a gel wrapper, paper cup, or anything else, carry it with you to the next aid station.

 

Travel

Travel

Travel

Trail runners from all over the United States, and all across the great state of Texas, travel to experience this event. Whether you’re traveling a short distance or far distance, we encourage you to enjoy the local attractions and make a weekend stay of your race weekend.

To see an overall map of restaurant, lodging, and local attractions - Click here


ACCOMMODATIONS - HOTEL

If you’re traveling from Dallas or other cities East of Glen Rose:

La Quinta Glen Rose

 

If you’re traveling from west of Glen Rose:

Hampton Inn Stephenville
910 South Harbin Drive
Stephenville, TX  76401

No discounted rates.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS - CAMPING

If being one with nature for the weekend is your preference, we have several options for you. When you register for the race, these are an optional add-on cost available. Get them while they're still available!

You book this during your race registration with the race in Ultrasignup. If you already registered, you can book just a campsite by purchasing it here...

Option 1: Official Campsites with Hookups: You will have to drive to the start line from these campsites - these campsites are inside the main entrance of the State Park, and the race takes place through a totally separate back gate into the park about a 10 minute drive away. We have 45 water and eletric campsites with pads for $24 a night inside the State Park. These sites must be reserved with us as the State Park has given us all the campsites for our runners. We will assign the spots and let the park know so when you check in at the main office to get your tag to put on your campsite, then they'll be expecting you. Each site has picnic table, water hookup, electric hookup, 30 amp hookup, and fire ring and/or grill. These campsites are for RV or tent camping.

Option 2: Tent-Only Group Campsite (Pick a Spot) Near Bathrooms/Showers: You will have to drive to the start line from these campsites - these campsites are inside the main entrance of the State Park, and the race takes place through a totally separate back gate into the park about a 10 minute drive away. There is a tents-only group campsite (Sauropod) located next to the water/electric hookup loop that is still easy walking distance to showers/bathrooms. The cost to you for us to reserve is $8 a night. It's a nice alternative when hookup campsites (Option 1) is sold out or if you want a low cost simple tent camping option. It is only for our group, so you'll be able to pick among our specific area's open spaces, shade trees, and picnic tables, to set up your tent and camp set-up! All first come, first served on finding a spot to pitch your tent. The tent-only group campsite is the top left red circle on the map below.

Option 3: Car Camping: You are welcome to sleep in your car parked in the Parking Field if that works best for you. Because we have all of the state park, absolutely NO TENT CAMPING IN THE PARKING FIELD.

 

All race packets will be given a sheet to put on your windshield to give you State Park access inside the park gates, where you can drive to restrooms with indoor plumbing and the campground shower building.

PLACES TO EAT

Click here to see where these top-rated restaurants are located:
Sweet Magnolia (Glen Rose)
Riverhouse Grill (Glen Rose)
Hammond’s BBQ (Glen Rose)
Loco Coyote Grill (Glen Rose)
Pastafinas (Stephenville)

 

PLACES TO HAVE FUN

While at Rough Creek for the weekend, there are multiple unique entertainment options:

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an exotic animal ranch that spans 1,400 acres. The 9-mile driving tour is full of encounters with many different animals. Fossil Rim is a short 20 minute drive from Rough Creek Lodge and even shorter 10 minute drive from the Glen Rose hotels.

 

Dinosaur World is a fun, family attraction highlighting the prehistoric past of Glen Rose & Dinosaur Valley State Park. Located right outside the entrance of Dinosaur Valley State Park, it’s a great place for the kids to get exercise and see life-size dinosaur species.

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Take a throwback trip to The Brazos Drive-In Theatre to grab some popcorn, tune in and turn up the radio, and enjoy a drive-in movie. About a 40 minute drive from Rough Creek Lodge, but still worth highlighting because these vintage opportunities are few and far between.

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Finishing a trail race is cause for celebration.

We trust that you will be responsible, but an adult beverage is a common way to celebrate. Specifically if you’re traveling back to the D/FW-area, a stop on your return trip might include Revolver Brewing or Firestone & Robertson Distilling (book a reservation ahead of time for Firestone & Robertson).    

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Air/Ground Transportation

A car will be needed to get around. There will be no shuttle service arranged, as we expect the vast majority of attendees to be locals or have rented a car for the trip from the airport.

Dallas, Texas is served by two area airports: Dallas-Love Field (DAL) is the smaller one where Southwest Airlines flies out of, and then all other airlines fly through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

DFW - Dallas-Fort Worth International - 82.8 miles, approx. 1 hr, 25 minutes in good traffic

DAL - Dallas Love Field - 86.0 miles, approx. 1 hr, 30 minutes in good traffic

 
 

Registration & Policies

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Entry Fees

Refunds

Bib Transfers

Distance Changes

Dropping Down

Wait List

Rules

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REGISTER NOW HERE...

As with all The Active Joe races, bib numbers are assigned in order of signup, so the lowest numbers for those most enthusiastic who sign up first!

You are also given the chance to request your top 3 "lucky" bib numbers. If not already claimed, I'll give you the first one of those listed that I can!

You can personalize your bib with any nickname until September 15th.

Mail-in registration is not available.

Entry Fees: As of March 15, we were already at 80% of our signups from last year!! So the race will fill fast.

Emphasis will be on the longer distances so shorter distances may close temporarily if they fill too fast to allow certain percentages in each distance. Some swag as we get closer to race day will be limited to the first so many that sign up in that distance once orders are placed.

We understand that LIFE HAPPENS! Note that, unlike a lot of races, this race offers a refund policy (described below) and even refunds if you downgrade your distance (also described below). You may also go up in distance up until the start of the race (also described below). So there is no downside for committing to your goal now!

100 Mile -

  • First 20 runners - $185

  • Next 20 runners - $195

  • Next 100 runners- $210 (current price tier) - 27 spots left as of 4/27!

  • Next 20 runners- $220

  • Until race week - before 11/16 - $230

  • Race week - 11/16 and through race day (if not sold out) - $240

100K -

  • First 20 runners - $115

  • Next 20 runners - $130 (current price tier)

  • Until race week - before 11/16 - $140

  • Race week - 11/16 and through race day (if not sold out) - $150

50K -

  • First 20 runners - $95

  • Next 10 runners - $105

  • Next 10 runners - $120 (current price tier)

  • More than 40 runners - Until race week - before 11/16 - $130

  • Race week - 11/16 and through race day (if not sold out) - $140

25K -

  • First 20 runners - $80

  • Next 30 runners - $90 (current price tier) - 6 more spots at this level as of 4/27

  • Next 30 runners - $100

  • Next 20 runners - $105

  • Until race week - before 11/16 - $110

  • Race week - 11/16 and through race day (if not sold out) - $115

5 Mile -

  • First 20 runners - $50

  • Next 30 runners - $60 (current price tier)

  • Next 30 runners - $65

  • Until race week - before 11/16 - $70

  • Race week - 11/16 and through race day (if not sold out) - $75

*All prices subject to change.

 

Refunds can be requested if you find your plans change.

  • Refunds are subject to a $15 Administration Fee before September 1st

  • Refunds are subject to a $25 Administration Fee September 1st through September 30th

  • Refunds are subject to a $35 Administration Fee October 1st to October 20th

  • No refunds will be processed after October 20th

See dropping down distances ahead of time below for info on refunds for downgrading your distance and receiving a refund before October 20th.

Want to transfer your race entry to a friend? Bib transfers will be allowed until October 1st with a $15 Administration Fee. After that at the discretion of the Race Director's available time for an administration fee of $30. NO TRANSFERS ALLOWED ON RACE DAY. If we've already committed the available swag (like shirts), your friend taking your bib gets whatever sizes/stuff you signed up for (no switches).

 

Changing Distances Ahead of Time

If you want to switch distances before your race starts, email us if before Wednesday, November 18. No race day changes since we have the complicating factor of spreading people out on the course as a COVID-19 safety precaution.

If upgrading distances, you will just need to pay the difference between the price you paid for your original distance and the current price at the time of the request for your new distance.

If downgrading distances and the lower distance costs less than you paid, you can get a refund for the difference minus the admin fee shown above in the refund schedule. Refunds for distance downgrades will only be granted until October 20th.

If downgrading distances and the lower distance now costs more than when you originally paid, you will owe the difference, plus a $5 administrative fee.

You can only change distances while that distance has spots still available.

 

 

Dropping Down Distances Mid-race

If you drop down mid-race to a shorter distance than you initially signed up for, then you will not have an official finish in the shorter distance. Dropping mid-race will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish). We all have bad days. It's okay. If you want to switch distances ahead of time, talk to us (or email us), we'll verify we have the swag and finisher gear to support it, and we'll approve it BEFORE your race starts.

 

We will offer a wait list for those who didn't get in if the race sells out early. Depending on when you get pulled off the wait list if a spot opens up, your swag (like shirt and other stuff) options may be limited or you may not receive some of it. We do not over-order stuff.

 

Rules

  • See our Transgender Entrant Policy which applies to all races produced by The Active Joe and seeks to support, include, and protect the privacy of the transgender athletes who attend our races.

  • No dogs or strollers are allowed on the race course for the safety of all.

  • Runners and walkers are both welcome, as long as you can finish by the time limit.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable, including in the case of inclement weather.

  • No refunds will be granted if you downgrade at any time.

  • This is a private event, so unregistered participants are not allowed. "Banditting" (as this action is referred to) is frowned upon in the running community and unfair to the runners who paid for the opportunity to participate. Race entry fees go for a lot more than water on a course, medals at the finish line, and a shirt in your race packet. It also exposes an event to serious liability risk. It stresses race resources that were calibrated for the sold-out number of participants and therefore can put other participants', the paid participants, health or safety at risk. Those who bandit any portion of the race may be banned from future events by The Active Joe.

  • Note that it is never okay to allow someone else to use your bib without a proper bib transfer arranged with the Race Director. This can lead to serious liability and medical risks in the chance of emergency and jeopardize the future of the event for everyone.

  • Our primary goal is to provide a safe event for participants, volunteers, and the community alike. If something arises that threatens that safety, then a) the event will be altered as it is reasonably possible without stressing other resources, b) the events may be delayed during the morning, or c) the event may be canceled. The event can not be rescheduled for another date due to resource availability in the event of cancelation.

  • Event shirts not picked up at packet pickup or race day will not be mailed.

*All items above subject to potential significant change.

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