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Enjoy running, music, food (famous Vietnamese Banh Mi" and "Pho" noodle soup), and fun. Finish Strong!.

Distances:  13.1 Mile, 26.2 Mile, 50K

Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2020 Canceled for 2020

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

                           7:35 AM  Marathon

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)

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 Wednesday, December 12, 2019.

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:  Register by October 31, 2019 to guarantee T-shirts size.  After October 31, t-shirts size are not guaranteed.

Time Limits (Walker and velocity challenged participant friendly):

Half-Marathon - 9 hours
Marathon – 9 hours
50K – 9 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: 1st loop is an extended loop, followed by 12 regular laps.

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


Race Rule :
You may change to a lesser distance PRIOR to the start time (NO REFUNDS).

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 14, 2019.


50K, Marathon & Half-Marathon – Parking by the Tennis Court.

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, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Juice, Tea, and Starbucks Coffee.

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

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

Fruits:  Bananas, Apples, Oranges.

Food:  PB&J sandwiches, Breakfast tacos, kolaches, and Vietnamese "Bahn Mi" .

Bag Drop:

There will be a drop bag location area adjacent to the Aid Station. 


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/50K – Custom designed medal

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).

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. 

4.       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 American Cancer Society.

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