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 A 55 Mile, 50K and 18K trail race located in one of the most breathtaking areas in North West Texas

May 13th 2023 - Copper Breaks State Park

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2022 Participant Guide

WHEN/WHERE

The Start and Finish are located at the MTB Trail near the Copper Breaks State Park Headquarters. We recommend arriving an hour prior to your race starting. 
Copper Breaks State Park
(777 State Hwy Park Rd 62, Quanah, TX 79252)

55M Runners - Start time 5:30 AM at MTB Trail Head
50K Runners
- Start time 6:30 AM at MTB Trail Head
18K Runners
- Start time 7:00 AM at MTB Trail Head

10:00 PM - Race Cutoff

Packet Pickup
We will have packet pickup open from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM on Friday, May 12th, and from 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 13th (the day of the race.) This is where you will receive your bib and T-shirt. Packet Pickup will be located at the starting area near the headquarters in the main tent.

When arriving in the park make sure to pay $3 for the day pass whether that's prior to the event online here or in cash in the drop boxes on the day of the event. This is required by Copper Breaks State Park. 

RACE

55 Miler Runners - Five loops
55 Miler runners will run a total of 55+ miles. The elevation gain is over 2500ft of climbing with over 2500ft in descending. Aid stations will be available every 4-5 miles along the course.

50K Runners - Three loops
50k runners will run a total of 31+ miles. The elevation gain is over 1500ft of climbing with over 1500ft in descending. Aid stations will be available every 4-5 miles along the course. 

17K Runners - One loop
17k runners will run a total of 10+ miles. The elevation gain is over 500ft of climbing with over 500ft in descending. Aid stations will be available every 4-5 miles along the course. 

COURSE

The terrain for the course varies. One moment you're running in an open desert and the next you're running through the forest at the bottom of the canyon. It's a very fast course with a few technical sections. The terrain varies from grass, sandstone, to dirt and rocks. The weather is expected to be in the low 60s and mid-80s with an estimate of 10-20mph winds. West Texas weather is very unpredictable. Regardless of the weather conditions, we will continue to race unless life-threatening circumstances occur. We will send out emails as the event gets closer on weather conditions and what to expect. Trail gators are recommended.

This race is a cupless race so please come with your own water carrying system whether that's a running vest, camelback, or hand-held water bottles/cups. We do not tolerate littering. One of our biggest values is being environmentally friendly. Help keep the environment maintained to its natural state without hurting the animals and plants that live there. 

Trail Markers
We will use orange ties and signs to mark the course. Signs with arrows will be used to show which trail to run on and ties will be used to let you know you're on the right path.


 

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What You Get

Every runner will get a Craft Sportswear Chupacabra T-shirt, race photos, a very memorable race experience, and a good time with new people and stories to tell. All finishers will receive a race medal. We will have aid station food and supplies at this event at the main tent and at an aid station at the halfway mark of the course.  The winner of each distance will get a first-place trophy for first place male and first place female. The last person to finish each distance will get a DFL award... "dead freakin last"

Aid Stations

The main aid station will be located at the start and finish area. On course aid station called the "Lone Ranger" aid station is located at miles 3.8 and 6.3 per loop. 
 
The main aid station will be manned by a few volunteers and will have water, pickle juice, bananas, oranges, and other various salty, sweet, and savory snacks. We will have our first aid located at the main tent. 

The Lone Ranger aid station will have water, ice and pickle juice. This aid station may be unmanned.

Camping/Park Entrance

CAMPSITES - click here

DAY PASS - click here

or pay cash in the drop boxes at the park on the day of event

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