Cedar Ridge Preserve is known as one of the best and most challenging trails to run in the DFW/North Texas area. We think you will both get a good work out, and enjoy the comardery with other trail runners.
You will run on a variety of trails from mulch, solid rock, gravel, dirt, steps made of dirt or rock, and wooden bridges over small creeks. The trails are a series of switch backs, some flat areas, and some straight up and downs, with some wide trails and some narrow. The area is wooded, with small streams and creeks through-out. There is also a large pond, a lookout tower, and a birdwatching hut. The terrian is moderately strenuous, and may be walked or run.
½ Marathon 2:00pm (1:00pm check-in)
10k 2:30pm (1:30 check-in)
5K 2:45pm (1:45pm check-in)
1 Mile Hike -n- Run 3:00pm (2:15 check-in)
*5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon are chip timed races. The 1 Mile is not timed.
*Cut off time for all runs is 6:15pm.
*Awards are hand carved wooden medals made in DR Congo, where our Bible Study groups operate.
*T-shirts for regular tickets are guaranteed if ordered on or before Feb. 24, 2019. There will be some extra tshirts at the race available on a first come first serve basis. Yo might want to order a no tshirt ticket and then purchase the shirt at the race if there are any left. You can opt for a no t-shirt ticket for a reduced price.
*Free cooling Bandana, while supplies last.
*Free Photos from the run to download from our Facebook Page: Run4Bibles.
*Great Trail snacks-salty/sweet/fresh fruit/pnj sandwinches, water, and Gatorade.
Entry Fee Information:
*With your entry fee, you get to support two great causes: Equip Disciples Remote and Missional Bible Study groups in Africa and Costa Rica, and maintaining God's beautiful creation at Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve.
*All registration fees are tax-deductible. Equip Disciples is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the State of Texas. Please print your receipt for your tax records.
*Entry fees are non-refundable, including in the event of inclement weather. The race will be cancelled if there are thunderstorms during the run, or if there has been some kind of recent torrential flooding making the trails unrunable. But we will be continuing the race with light rain, or somewhat wet trails, though we may change up the route to preserve trails that have standing water or excessive mud.
*Entries cannot be rolled over to another one of our runs.
*Runners can change the distance of their run.
*Runners can transfer their bibs before 2/26/2019.
We are grateful for the relationship we have with Cedar Ridge Preserve so here is a run down of the expectations:
You must obey all park rules at all times.
Please bring a cell phone to carry with you.
No strollers, bikes, skates allowed on the trails.
No weapons or firearms are allowed.
No dogs on the trails during the run time.
Stay on marked trails only.
No smoking or alcohol.
Respect parking signs and rules. The park is very strict about where trucks park, where cars park, where we are to park for the event.
The medals are very unique, one of a kind. They are hand carved wooden medals from DR Congo.
1st and 2nd Male and Female
ALL Finishers receive a medal (Congratulations!)
5K and 10k
For Both Male and Female:
1st Masters (40-59)
1st Grand Master (60 & up)
1st and 2nd by age category:
up to 8
70 & up
Half Marathon Trail Description
After a brief section of wide trail at the start, the loop turns down the secluded BackstagePass trail and up the Park in the Woods trail. The route then breaks out briefly into the sun on the Prairie trail, then back into the trees running the full course of the Bluebonnet and Escarpment trails. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the Bluebonnet—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower. Escarpment is a double-wide gentle descent so you can fly down it as much as you like--but half way down you must take a detour across EM1 and loop back to Escarpment via Red Oak. At the bottom of the hill is an aid station. From the aid station the Half Marathoners continue on to Cattail Pond and onwards to the rocky FossilValley trail. FossilValley has some good climbs in there, and retains a bit of mud for the longest time after any rains. You also get to take in the downhill on Trout Lily. At the top of the ridge you catch a brief section of the Cattail Pond trail before turning off onto Cedar Brake. This trail gives you a couple of good miles to stretch your legs, along with a few good climbs. Half way along this trail is another aid station. You return briefly to the Cattail Pond trail before turning off to run the Possumhaw trail. Coming out of Possumhaw trail, you get to race to the half-way line amid roaring cheers. Then you get to turn around and run it all again for the bragging rights of being one trail-tough Half Marathoner.
10K Trail Description
The 10K loop is one time around the Half Marathon loop, except that you do not add on the detour across EM1 and and around to Red Oak--you simply take Escarpment straight to the aid station at the bottom.
5K Trail Description
After a brief section of wide trail at the start, the loop turns down the secluded BackstagePass trail and up the Park in the Woods trail. The route then breaks out briefly into the sun on the Prairie trail, then back into the trees running the full course of the Bluebonnet and Escarpment trails. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the Bluebonnet—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower. Escarpment is a double-wide gentle descent so you can fly down it as much as you like. At the bottom of the hill is an aid station. Grab what you need and get ready to head up the hill. The route goes straight up (well, there’s just a couple of switchbacks) the Cattail Pond Trail. We reserved the steepest climb in the park just for the 5K-ers, so have fun with it! (Now don’t gloat too much over the Half Marathoners—they get their share of fun too.) At the top of the escarpment you are on the home stretch, running the refreshing undulations of the Cattail Pond trail all the way to the finish line. When you finish you’ll know you’ve been on a trail run.
1-Mile Hike-n-Run Trail Description
This is not a not an official timed race (no numbers or chip-timing), but we will have a gun-start at the appointed time--and you can track your finish-time with the clock as you run home! The course will take the Bluebonnet loop, which is a part of all the other races. The Bluebonnet has nice flowing terrain, with a variety of dirt, roots, and rocky footings. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the last section—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower.
Local time: 2:50 AM