Active Military and Veteran Discount
Each year, race producer The Active Joe extends a 10% discount to all active military and military veterans. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the coupon code before you register! This discount will not be retroactively applied AFTER you have registered.
Rough Creek Trail Run is set on the ruggedly beautiful grounds and private property of Rough Creek Lodge & Resort just outside the town of Glen Rose, Texas.
This course gives you a little of everything that Texas trails can offer: (1) steep ascents and descents for a bit, rolling hills for a while, and flats to open up and run your heart out, and (2) well-groomed non-technical trail and rocky, rugged, technical sections too! The 3 more technical miles are a featured section of the course called the Rusty Crown. This race experience will create awesome memories for you as you lace up and hang out with the rest of this amazing trail community. Get ready to run!
All the details and links to maps/elevation profiles on the website.
The main loop will contain a large amount of non-technical, scenic trail that will allow you to look around and enjoy the beauty of Texas Hill Country.
10K Course - 1 out-and-back loops of scenic single track trail and fire road with rolling hills.
Half Marathon Course - 2 out-and-back loops of the 10K course (plus a small further out-and-back from the furthest point in the course to complete the distance).
50K ULTRA VERTATHON Course - The 50Kers will not only get to "Bow to the Crown" by experiencing the Rusty Crown. They will spend all day on their hands and knees in reverence to the Crown. They will enjoy scenic trails and fire road and rolling hills for 5K as they head out to the Rusty Crown. Then they will complete a 1.66 mile loop of climbing up and down the Crown FIFTEEN TIMES.That's 40K of hill repeats. Then it's still a 5K run, walk, slog, crawl to the finish line.
It’s rugged. It’s steep. It’s technical. The climbs are exposed and reflective white rock that gets hot. It's September in Texas so will be hot and humid. It’s no joke! Put your head down and just get it done!
The climbing sections average 200 feet of elevation gain per mie. Climb up and down and up and down and up down, hit the aid station back on ground level, run down the fire road to the aid station at the start of the climbs, then do it again.
There will be a manual tally kept as you finish each climb to ensure no cheating. And while you enjoy your sufferfest, we will make it slightly less painful with aid station tents at the start and end of all this climbing, complete with ice, cold water, freezie pops, chafe shield products, and sunscreen!
"I Want to BOW TO THE CROWN!" Optional Add-on (10K/Half)
The 10K and Half Marathon do not climb the brutal Rusty Crown as part of their regular course, but they should get the option to have those bragging rights, of course! During race registration, you can add the "I WANT TO BOW TO THE CROWN!" where instead of 0.4 miles of fire road, you will go 1.2 miles of ups and downsclimb the most vicious climb, "The Beast", and more. This section is the same one that the 50K ULTRA VERTATHON will do 15 times. And you get to do this detour once, with volunteers and signage helping you. When you complete it, you'll earn the "I BOWED TO THE CROWN!" memento at the finish line, in addition to your finisher medal. The $4 add-on cost covers the cost of the memento you will receive - the bragging rights are yours to earn!
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