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DAVY CROCKETT BEAR CHASE

Marathon, Half Marathon,  5K, Li'l Critter Possum Walk, Bear Chaise

Saturday     April 12, 2014    7:00 A.M. - Marathon/Half     7:30 A.M. - 5K     8 A.M. - Possum Walk    Anytime - Bear Chaise
Location:    Groveton High School, 207 N Main St. Groveton, TX


Race directors:  Steve & Paula Boone   Please contact us with your questions.    Email:  steveboone@aol.com      Phone:  (713) 826-5833

Entry fees:
Marathon:                                         $60.00 thru 1/15     $70.00 1/16 thru 2/28      $80.00 3/1 thru 4/11    $90.00 race day
Half marathon:                                $60.00 thru 1/15     $70.00 1/16 thru 2/28      $80.00 3/1 thru 4/11    $90.00 race day
5K:                                                     $25.00 thru 2/28       $30.00 3/1 thru 4/11      $40.00 race day                                              
Possum Walk
:                                 $15.00    
Bear Chaise: (non running)            $20.00                                

Online Registration: Online registration is now closed.  If you would like to register, you may do so at the Pasta Party/packet pickup 6-8pm on Friday 126 N Devine Ave. (map) at the First Baptist Church or on race morning before 6:45am at Groveton High School stadium 207 N Main St. Please print out and complete an application and bring it with you to packet pickup or to the race site. Cash or check to Groveton Chamber of Commerce will be accepted.  No credit cards.

Mail in Registration: Print out and fill out an application and mail it to:
Davy Crockett Bear Chase
19903 January Dr.
Humble, TX 77346
Check to :Trinity County Chamber of Commerce.       

Course description:

Marathon course is two times and half marathon is one time around the out and back 13.1 mile course on pavement and forest roads in and around Groveton, starting at Groveton High School, proceeding on roads and streets, and returning to the Groveton High School.  Please use caution when crossing streets and be courteous to the residents of the town.

Route starts at the Groveton, TX high school track, turn right out of the parking lot and wind around the cemetary to Jim Butler Rd to Fortenberry Rd, to FM 3154 and turn right. Follow 3154 to 501 which enters the Davy Crockett Forest by turning left.  Follow forest road to turn around, and return to the school following the same course. 
Click here for Course Map & Elevation Profile

5K is run along the marathon course (out and back). 
Possum Walk is 4 laps (1 mile) around the track.

Course photos from Steve & Paula Boone

Events:
Marathon:
26.2 mile walk/run 2 loop course 7 hour time limit
Half Marathon:
13.1 mile walk/run 1 loop course 7 hour time limit
5K:
3.1 mile walk/run
Possum Walk:
1 mile kids and families fun walk/run 4 laps around the track
Bear Chaise:
Non competitive, non running, non walking, spectator event.   Participants may arrive at any time with your own chair to cheer on the runners.   Participants receive a t-shirt, snacks and a spot to place your comfy chair.   The ultimate activity for an arm-chair coach.

Aid Stations:
There will be water and sports drink available every 2.0 miles at each of the aid stations. There are snacks available at the turn-around in the forest (6.55 miles) and at the start/stop aid station (13.1 miles).   Restrooms are available at the start and portable toilets are located on the race course.

Pasta dinner: Free pasta party for runners, their families, and volunteers on Friday, April 12th, from 6-8 PM. New Location: 126 N Devine Ave. (map) at the First Baptist Church. Turn north off Hwy 287 to Devine Ave.   There will be signs and to direct you.  The menu includes meatless and meat spaghetti, salad, bread, water, tea, and dessert.

Packet pickup and race day registration
:
At the pasta party from 6-8 PM on Friday.
Starting at 5:30 AM on race day at the Groveton High School stadium.

Lodging:  Hotels are available in several nearby towns:
Motels/hotels in Crockett, Tx., 21 miles to the northwest of us on Hwy. 287
Holiday Inn Express 1-936-544-4488
Crockett Inn  1-936-544-5611
Economy Inn 1-936-544-7891

Crockett Family Resort Cabin Retreat Marina RV Park
1-936-544-8466
75 Dogwood Lane W
Crockett, TX 75835 
www.crockettresort.com  
Rooms with kitchens, cabins, cottages $75.99 per night/2 person
RV spaces $27-$35 per night/2 person

Hotels/motels in Livingston, Tx. , 43 miles to the southeast of us on Hwy. 59 
Holiday Inn Express 1-936-327-9600
Hampton Inn 1-936-327-2300

Hotels/Motels in Huntsville, Tx. , 39 miles to the southwest of us on Hwy. 19
Holiday Inn Express  1-936-293-8800
Comfort Inn 1-936-436-9600
Days Inn  1-936-438-8400

Hotels/Motels in Lufkin, Tx., 33 miles to the northeast of us on Hwy. 94 N.   
(Visit "Lufkin.com/Where to Stay" for more info.)
Courtyard by Marriott 1-936-632-0777  www.courtyardlufkin.com
Holiday Inn Express  1-936-699-3000
Holiday Inn  1-936-639-3333
Hampton Inn 1-936-699-2500
Comfort Suites 1-936-632-4949

Hotels/Motels & Camp Facilities (rooms) in Trinity, Tx., 20 miles to the southwest of us on Hwy. 94 S.
Lake Country Inn 1-936-594-3526
Others:
Camp Olympia 1-936-594-2541
Trinity Pines 1-936-594-5011
Camp Cullen 1-936-594-2274


Camping in the Groveton Area: There is space at the "Y" for people to camp, provided they have self-contained campers. However, if they are intending to stay in tents or do not have rest rooms in their campers, we will call Smith's Septic System, the ones that supply our porta-potties for the marathon, and ask them to drop a couple of porta-potties at the "Y", one mile out of town where Hwy. 287 & 94 intersect.  If they want electricity and water hook-ups, they can call Liz or Henry Holcombe and stay on the rodeo arena grounds, across a little creek from there. Liz Holcombe runs the Trinity County Abstract office, and her number is 936-642-1698 or 642-0998 or their e-mail address is trinitycoabst@consolidated.net   Please contact Carolyn at
tccoc@valornet.com or 936-642-1715 for more details about camping.
   
Race limit: None

Time limit:  7 hours (roads protected for 7 hours)

Directions to the Groveton High School race site:
From the north on I-45: Take I-45 S, take the TX-7 (exit 164) toward Centerville, turn left onto TX-7 (W St Mary's St.) continue to follow TX-7, turn right on TX-304 Loop, turn right onto US-287 S continue to follow for 26 miles, turn left onto TX-94 (Magee Ave.), turn left  onto 4th St., turn right onto Kenley St. (Stadium parking lot)
From the south on I-45: Take I-45 N, merge onto TX-19 N toward Riverside/Crockett (exit 113), turn right onto TX-94 (E Caroline St.) continue to follow TX-94 for 16 miles, stay straight to go onto US-287/TX-94, turn left onto TX-94 (Magee Ave.), turn left  onto 4th St., turn right onto Kenley St. (Stadium parking lot)
From the north on US 59: Take US-59 S, merge onto TX-287 Loop W, take TX-94 S, turn right onto W 4th St., turn right onto Kenley St. (Stadium parking lot)
From the south on US 59: Take US-59 N, turn left onto US-287 (W 2nd St.), turn right onto FM 355 (Devine St.), turn left onto E 2nd St., turn right onto Kenley St. (Stadium parking lot)

Airports:  Houston IAH-101 miles, Houston Hobby-118 miles, Dallas DFW-205 miles, San Antonio-300 miles

Certification: The course is USATF certified and is a Boston qualifier.                       Course certification number TX09144ETM

T-shirts, medals, and stuff: Each participant and volunteer will receive a shirt.   Each finisher will receive a finisher medal. Register by March 20 to guarantee your correct shirt size.  We will do our best to accommodate you, but you will not be guaranteed a shirt if you sign up on race day.  

Awards: Finishers will receive a stuffed bear numbered with finishing position.

Free ebook offer: from Greg May at www.ravingsofarunner.com

Post race:  Food and refreshments (hot dogs, ice cream, chips, donuts, misc. bear snacks) provided after the race.  Showers will be available at the high school (bring a towel). 

Results:
Finishing results will be available on this website and marathon results will be posted on  www.marathonguide.com.

Race benefits: Trinity County Chamber of Commerce          www.trinitycountychamber.org

Sponsors:
Crockett Family Resort  www.crockettresort.com - Product Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Rodney Langley langleyrodney@yahoo.com  
Does your company have free samples they would like to provide to 500 or so (very appreciative) runners??   If so, we would be very happy to include your items in our race packets.   Runners really love freebies!   Just drop us a line and we’ll do the rest. 

Weather: Temperatures may vary from 55 to 70 degrees.

Race photography:
Karen Thibodeaux Photography   www.yoursportingimage.com

Photos from participants and race organization:
2013 photos from Steve & Paula Boone
2012 photos from Steve & Paula Boone
2011 photos from Steve & Paula Boone

Volunteers:
If you would like to volunteer, please email your name, contact information and shirt size to: Rodney Langley langleyrodney@yahoo.com