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*WORLD FAMOUS HOUSTON RUNNING FESTIVAL*

Enjoy running, music, food and fun.  This is a runner centered race for runners by runners.  A last chance race for 2014.  Finish Strong!.

Distances:  13.1 Mile, 26.2 Mile, 50K, 50 Mile, 100K, 100 Mile, 12-Hour and 24-Hour Endurance Run.

Date:  Saturday, December 27, 2014

Start Time:  7:30 AM (ALL DISTANCES EXCEPT Half-Marathon and 50K),  7:35 AM – Half-Marathon and 50K

Location: Bear Creek 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:  Half marathon-30, Marathon-30, 50K-30, 50M-30, 100K-15, 100M-25, 12 Hour-20, 24 Hour-20

Entry Fees:

Half-Marathon:  $75 (After 11/23 - $85)
Marathon:  $75 (After 11/23 - $85)
50K:  $80 (After 11/23 - $90)
50 Mile: $90 (After 11/23 - $100)
100K:  $115 (After 11/23 - $130)
100 Mile: $135 (After 11/23 - $150)
12-Hour:  $90 (After 11/23 -$100)
24-Hour: $115 (After 11/23 - $130)

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

Online Registration closes:  Sunday, December 21, 2014.

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.

Race Day Registration – Subject to Availability. Email RD. run4foodandfun@yahoo.com $20 additional fee. Cash only.

T-shirts:  Registered by November 23, 2014 to guarantee T-shirts size.  After November 23, t-shirts size are not guaranteed.

Time Limits (Walker and velocity challenged participant friendly):

Half-Marathon:  4 Hour
Marathon – 8 Hour
50K – 10 Hour
50 Miler – 14 Hour
100K – 24 Hour
100 Miler – 30 Hour
12-Hour:  Start at 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 27, 2014;– End at 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 27, 2014
24-Hour:  Start at 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 27, 2014; End at 7:30 AM on Sunday, December 28, 2014

Course Description:

2.01 Mile Loop – Flat, Paved Jogging Trail.  Run Counter-Clockwise

Half-Marathon: Out & Back followed by 6 loops

Marathon: 13 loops

50K: Out & back followed by 15 loops

50 Mile: 25 loops

100K:  31 loops

100 Mile: 50 Loops

12-Hour and 24-Hour:  Run/Walk as many loops as desired within the allotted time. 

Packet Pickup and Timing Chip Pickup:

At Start /Finish Area Bear Creek Park between 6:15 AM – 7:15 AM on Race Day, Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Parking:

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

Ultra Distances – Parking near the start or along the jogging trail.

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, Diet Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Ginger ale, Mountain Dew, Cold Tea, Hot Tea, Starbucks Coffee, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, and Tomato 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.

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.

Toilets:

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/100 Mile – Custom designed belt buckle

12-Hour and 24-Hour Endurance Run:   Custom designed plaque

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

Timing:

Timing will be provided by Run Houston Timing, www.runhoustontiming.net.

Chips will be available for pickup starting at 6:15 AM on Race morning near the Start at Bear Creek Park.

Results:

Results will be available on Ultra Signup website, 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).

100K, 100 Miler, and 24-Hour – Overnight camp only allowed in the park on Saturday night, December 27, 2014.

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 trail with them.  Please do NOT run/walk more than 2 abreast.  Yield to fast 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 27 until 6:00 AM, Sunday, December 28.

5.        Pacer – 100M, 100K, 24-Hour – After 50 Mile or after dark, whichever comes first; only one pacer at a time.  Must check in and sign waiver.

6.        100M, 100K, 24-Hour – While the course is lit; however, there is some spot maybe dark, headlamps or hand held flash light are recommended.

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

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

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

Beneficiary:

The Houston Running Festival supports the Operation Smile, http://www.operationsmile.org.  Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

Race Hotels:

The below rates are valid from Friday, December 26, 2014 through December 28, 2014 with Late Check-Out Available.

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

Reservation: 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664)

http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/HoustonWestside/MeetingFacilities/WorldFamousHoustonRunningFestival12n.aspx

Name of Event:  Houston Running Festival

Rate: $89.99 – Cut-Off date:  Friday, December 5, 2014 .
 

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Energy Corridor – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 4 Miles

12245 Katy Freeway

Houston, Texas 77079

USA TEL: 1-281-531-0220

Reservation:   1-877-782-9444 (STAY-HGI)

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/H/HOUENGI-HRF-20141226/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Rate: $79.00 – Cut-Off date:  Friday, December 19, 2014

Name of Event:  Houston Running Festival

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston I-10 West Energy Corridor – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 7.3 Miles.

12323 Katy Freeway

Houston, Texas 77079

1-281-493-5626

Rate: $84.99

Group Name:   TNR

Name of Event:  Houston Running Festival