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Headwaters of the Frio Marathon

Saturday April 6th, 2019
Leakey, TX
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon

The Headwaters of the Frio Marathon/Half Marathon/10K is a fundraising event to support Hill Country Youth Ranch and Big Springs Ranch for Children which work to provide healing and restoration to children who have been traumatized through abuse, abandonment or neglect.

this truly is a special event, and we’re looking for a special kind of participant! We know this event is not for everyone. If you’re the kind of person who finds joy and fulfillment in physical challenges like marathons, half marathons or 10K’s, whether running or walking, AND have a heart to help kids by supporting worthy nonprofits like Hill Country Youth Ranch / Big Springs Ranch for Children, you’re just the kind ofperson we're looking for! The event is limited to 250 total participants. Plan now to join us for our2nd annual event!

There is a modest registration fee to indicate your commitment and help offset expenses. There is also a fundraising component for each participant.To learn more, please visit www.youth-ranch.org. Rather than pay an entry fee, each participant in this event commits to a minimum fundraising amount to benefit the vital work of these sister ranches.

We have established minimum fundraising commitments for each event category. The minimum for the Marathon is $750, the Half Marathon is $500, and the 10K is $250. The registration fees are equal to 10% of these amounts or $75, $50, and $25 respectively. The marathon and half marathon course is on the 7,050 acre Big Springs Ranch for Children in the Texas Hill Country and is epic in beauty. The ranch is 11.5 miles long and up to 4 miles wide.

Most of the 7,050 acres are virtually untouched by humans with fewer than 100 visitors per year. The course winds through a wide variety of spectacular terrain. You will climb to the top of ridges and descend to river valleys, traverse canyons, forests and meadows, cross streams and run past Big Springs, the very source of the Frio River. Water and aid stations will be located approximately every 2-3 miles along the course. Make plans now to join us for this outstanding, inaugural event!

Entrance is limited to the first 150 participants.

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Bob Anderson
This first year marathon and Half looks like it is going to be a good one. The course sounds beautiful. The cause is a good one. Good luck!
Race Date: 04/07/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 7:36:40 Tim Campbell 30 Ingram, TX
2nd Male 7:43:33 Traci Clements 40 Lewisville TX
Female 5:39:28 Myrna Lackey 51 San Angelo, TX
2nd Female 6:51:22 Nicole Barrett 52 Magnolia, TX
3rd Female 7:36:41 Leslie Ozuna 36 Ingram, TX
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 7:43:33 Traci Clements 40 Lewisville TX
F 40-49 5:39:28 Myrna Lackey 51 San Angelo, TX
Headwaters of the Frio Marathon

There is an incredible variety of animal and plant life along the trail. While planning the route, we photographed Whitetail deer, Red deer, Axis, Aoudad, Wild Pigs, Coyotes, Horses, Longhorn Cattle, Wild Turkey, Jackrabbits, Lizards, Snakes, Scorpions, Turtles, Bullfrogs, Butterflies, Osprey, Red Tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Hummingbirds and other birds species too numerous to list.

The route is a treat for the senses as you run/walk under the shade of Live, Bur, and Chinquapin Oak trees, smell the cedars, see Texas Mountain Laurel, and walk through native grasses punctuated with the vivid hues of Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and a tremendous variety of wildflowers.

The few traces of man’s presence are relics of a bygone age: an 1896 homesteader’s cabin and gravesite, a model T car from Mexico abandoned along the road north, a campsite where a Chicago gangster hid out in the 1930’s and there’s even rumor of buried treasure near Horse Collar Bluff.

However, stretching back much further in time, the most incredible aspect of the route is you will literally run/walk in the footprints of dinosaurs! There are two areas of dry riverbed with dozens of well preserved tracks of a variety of dinosaur species. This is truly one of the most unique and interesting marathon courses in the world!

You will climb to the top of ridges and descend to river valleys, traverse canyons, forests and meadows, ford streams and run past Big Springs, the very source of the Frio River. Water and aid stations will be located approximately every two miles along the course.

There is an incredible variety of animal and plant life along the trail. While planning the route, we photographed Whitetail deer, Red deer, Axis, Aoudad, Wild Pigs, Coyotes, Horses, Longhorn Cattle, Wild Turkey, Jackrabbits, Lizards, Snakes, Scorpions, Turtles, Bullfrogs, Butterflies, Osprey, Red Tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Hummingbirds and other birds species too numerous to list.

The route is a treat for the senses as you run/walk under the shade of Live, Bur, and Chinquapin Oak trees, smell the cedars, see Texas Mountain Laurel, and walk through native grasses punctuated with the vivid hues of Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and a tremendous variety of wildflowers.

The few traces of man’s presence are relics of a bygone age: an 1896 homesteader’s cabin and gravesite, a model T car from Mexico abandoned along the road north, a campsite where a Chicago gangster hid out in the 1930’s and there’s even rumor of buried treasure near Horse Collar Bluff.

However, stretching back much further in time, the most incredible aspect of the route is you will literally run/walk in the footprints of dinosaurs! There are two areas of dry riverbed with dozens of well preserved tracks of a variety of dinosaur species. This is truly one of the most unique and interesting marathon courses in the world!

There are only 150 spots available for this event, so get your registration in soon!

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