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Enjoy running, music, food (famous Vietnamese Banh Mi" and "Pho" noodle soup), and fun. A last chance race for 2015. "The Force Awakens - Finish Strong".

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

Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2015

Start Times:   7:30 AM  for 50M and 100M

                                   7:32 AM  for Marathon

                                   7:34 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:  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)
100 Mile: $150 (After 10/31 - $170)

Race Day Registration - Subject to availability-Email RD. Add $10 to late fee.

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

Online Registration closes at midnight Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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 $10 additional fee. Cash only.

T-shirts:  Registered by October 31, 2015 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 Hour
Marathon – 12 Hour
50K – 24 Hour
50 Miler – 24 Hour
100 Miler – 30 Hour (Extended Time Limit Allowed-email Race Director)

No DNF’s here.  A person, at anytime, can drop down to a lessor distance of half marathon or more.  For example,  If a person does not complete a 100M, he or she can drop down to 50M, 50K, 26.2M, or 13.1M.   The same applies to all other distances   Be sure to let the Timing people know of your drop to a lesser distance in order to get your result reported correctly.

All finishers receive medal or 100M belt buckle.

Course Description:

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

Half-Marathon: 7 laps (1st lap will be a short lap which consists 1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile back to make one mile; then followed by 6 regular lap of 2.01 mile loop).

Marathon: 13 laps (1st lap is an extended loop- followed by 12 regular loop).

50K: 16 laps (1st lap will be a short lap which consists 1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile back to make 1 mile; then followed by 15 regular lap of 2.01 mile loop).

50 Mile: 25 laps

100 Mile: 50 laps

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 19, 2015.


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:  Famous Vietnamese "Banh Mi", PB&J sandwiches, ham/turkey/cheese sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, quesadillas, hot soups, oatmeal.  Hot pizzas (cheese, meats, and vegetarian) and famous Vietnamese "Pho" noodle soup will be served at dusk for Ultra distance 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.


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

100 Mile – Custom designed belt buckle

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


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

Shoe chips will be available for pickup starting at 6:15 AM on Race morning near the Start at Bear Creek Park. We will be providing two shoe chips to ensure the accuracy of the lap counts.

IMPORTANT:  Runners must complete all laps for their respective distances that they sign up before receive official results.

There will be a TV monitor by the timing mat to show the number of laps each time runner cross the timing mat.

Please keep in mind that we will go by the number of laps that the timer recorded in their timing system.  If there is any dispute, please notify timer before leaving as there will be NO adjustments to made after the race is completed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Note to ULTRA DISTANCE runners:    Since the event will be "SHOES timing chip", if you change shoes during the event, please remember to switch the timing chip from the old pair to the new pair of shoe

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).

100 Miler – Overnight camp only allowed in the park on Saturday night, December 19, 2015.

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 19 until 6:00 AM, Sunday, December 20.

5.       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. 


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.


If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact  Yen Nguyen   run4foodandfun@yahoo.com

Does your company have free samples they would like to provide to 100 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. 


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)

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)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston I-10 West Energy Corridor – Distance to Bear Creek Park (Start/Finish): 4.3 Miles.

12323 Katy Freeway

Houston, Texas 77079


Reservation: 1-888-HOLIDAY