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Enjoy running, music, food (famous Vietnamese Banh Mi" and "Pho" noodle soup), and fun. A last chance race for 2017. Finish Strong!.

Distances:  13.1 Mile, 26.2 Mile, 50K, 50 Mile, 100K and 100 Mile.

Date:  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Start Times:   7:30 AM  Half-Marathon and 50K

                           7:35 AM  Marathon, 50M, 100K, 100M

Location: Bear Creek Pioneers Park/Jogging Trail by the Tennis Court

Address: 3535 War Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77084

Contact:  Race Director - Yen Nguyen

Email: run4foodandfun@yahoo.com

Race Limit:  300 (for all distances)

Entry Fees:

Half-Marathon:  $80 (After 10/31 - $90)
Marathon:  $80 (After 10/31 - $90)
50K:  $90  (After 10/31 - $100)
50 Mile: $100  (After 10/31 - $110)
100K: $120 (After 10/31 = $140)
100 Mile: $150 (After 10/31 - $170)

Race Day Registration - Subject to availability-Email RD run4foodandfun@yahoo.com . Add $10 to late fee.

Registration:  ONLINE Registration with Ultra Signup (Click Here).  NO TRANSFER.  NO REFUNDS.

Online Registration closes at midnight Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Note:  Runners under 18 years old, must get approval from Race Director and written consent from parents or guardians.

Cancellation Policy: 

Race Director reserves the right to cancel the event due to severe weather, flooding, park closure, or in any other event or situation that could affect the safety of runners, volunteers, and race staff.  If the event is cancelled, an attempt will be made to reschedule, but there will be no refunds.

T-shirts:  Registered by October 31, 2017 to guarantee T-shirts size.  After October 31, t-shirts size are not guaranteed.

Time Limits (Walker and velocity challenged participant friendly):

Half-Marathon - 12 hours
Marathon – 12 hours
50K – 12 hours
50 Miler – 24 hours
100K - 24 hours
100 Miler – 30 hours

Course Description:

2.01 Mile Loop – Flat, Paved Jogging Trail.  Run counter-clockwise

Half-Marathon: First lap is an out an back of 1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile back,  followed by 6 regular laps.

Marathon: Extended loop, followed by 12 laps.

50K: First lap is an out an back of 1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile back,  followed by 15 regular laps.

50 Mile: 25 laps

100K: 31 laps

100 Mile: 50 laps


Race Rule :
You may change to a lesser distance PRIOR to the start time (NO REFUNDS).If you change distance DURING the race, it would be considered a "DNF".

Packet Pickup and Timing Chip Pickup:

At Start /Finish Area Bear Creek Park between 6:30 AM – 7:15 AM on Race Day, Saturday, December 16, 2017.


Half-Marathon & Marathon – Parking by the Tennis Court.

Ultra Distances – Parking near the start or along the jogging trail with easy access to your car if needed.

Aid Station:

At each 2.01 Mile Loop (Start/Finish).

Menu with over 50 items including: salt, pepper, ketchup, mustards, mayonnaise, relish, pickles, and soy sauce.

Drinks:  Water, Gatorade, Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Ginger ale, Mountain Dew, Cold Tea, Hot Tea, Starbucks Coffee, and Orange Juice.

Snacks:  Variety of chips, crackers, candies, trail mixes.

Pastries:  Bagels with cream cheese, muffins, cookies, cakes, pies.

Fruits:  Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Grapes.

Food:  PB&J sandwiches, ham/turkey/cheese sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, quesadillas, hot soups, oatmeal.  Hot pizzas (cheese, meats, and vegetarian) will be served at dusk for Ultra runners.

Hot Breakfast shandwiches/biscuits from Carl's Jr. will be served on Sunday morning for Ultra Runner finishers .

Bag Drop:

There will be a drop bag location area adjacent to the Aid Station.  Ultra distance runners – Easy access to your car along the jogging trail.


There are 2 restrooms adjacent to the 2.01 Mile loop.  One near the start/finish area and the other one is approximately half way around the trail.

Finisher Awards:

Half-Marathon/Marathon – Custom designed medal

50K/50 Mile – Custom designed medal

100K and 100 Mile – Custom designed belt buckle

Note: There will be NO place awards. This is a small, fun runner's friendly event. Everybody is a winner for toeing the start line.

Pre-Race Announcements:  10 minutes before the start at the STARTING LINE.


Timing will be provided by Run Houston Timing. http://www.runhoustontiming.net/

Shoe chips will be available for pickup starting at 6:15 AM on race morning near the start line. We will be providing two shoe chips to ensure the accuracy of the lap counts.

Results: Results will be available on the following web sites: HRF, Ultra Signup, Run Houston Timing website, and will be submitted to Ultra Running Magazine.

Camping Tents:

Camping tents are allowed ONLY on the grassy area along the trail.  ABSOLUTELY NO SPIKES (Park Rules).

50M, 100K and 100M – Overnight camping us only allowed in the park on Saturday night, December 16, 2017.

Course Rules:

1.       Course will be open to the public during park hours, from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  You should expect to see walkers, joggers, baby-strollers, etc. Please share the trail with them.  Please do NOT run/walk more than 2 abreast.  Yield to faster runners passing.

2.       Parking Lot Crossings – The race does not cross any streets; however, there are few intersections at various parking lots.  Signs will be posted to make park users aware that a “Race is In Progress”.   Please use caution while crossing parking lot entries.

3.      The main gate entrance is located at the intersection of N Eldridge Parkway and War Memorial Drive.  Park hours are from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  If you need enter or exit the park outside these hours, the main entrance gate will be open on the hour by Park Security.  Please plan accordingly.

4.       Park will be patrolled by Park Security from 10:00 PM on Saturday, December 16 until 6:00 AM, Sunday, December 17.

5.   Pacers - 100K, 100M after 50 miles or after dark whichever comes first; only one pacer at a time.

6.   Course lighting - While the course is lit at night, some spots may be dark. Headlamps or handheld flashlights are recommended.

7.       Glass beverage containers are prohibited.  Absolutely no littering.

Volunteers – Needed for various shifts and are greatly appreciated.   Volunteers will receive “Volunteer Amenities”.   Please email to: run4foodandfun@yahoo.com with your desired shift and shirt size.

Crews, Family and Friends Bring chairs and popup tents to sit and cheer for the runners.  There is a small zoo across the park for your little ones. 

The Houston Running Festival supports the Operation Smile, http://www.operationsmile.org.  Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity which provides free life-changing surgeries for children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Nearby Hotels:
Omni Houston Hotel at Westside – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 3.3 Miles

13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: 1-281- 558-8338
Reservations: 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664)

Courtyard Houston I-10 West/Energy Corridor for $89 – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 3.9 Miles

12401 Katy Freeway (I-10 & Dairy Ashford), Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: 1-281-496-9090
Courtyard Houston 1-10 West/Energy Corridor

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Energy Corridor – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 4.2 miles

12245 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: 1-281-531-0220
Reservations:   1-877-782-9444 (STAY-HGI)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston I-10 West Energy Corridor – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 4.4 miles.

12323 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: 1-281-493-5626
Reservations: 1-888-HOLIDAY

Major Airports:
Hobby Airport - 29.7 miles to Bear Creek Pioneers Park
George Bush Intercontinental Airport - 28.9 miles to Bear Creek Pioneers Park