Run4Bibles

March 4, 2017
Afternoon Trail Run
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
1-Mile Fun Run/Hike

Registration

  • Online registration through Friday March 3, 2017.
  • There will be walk-up registration on the day of the run.
  • Prices go up$5 after Sunday February 26.
  • T-shirts are not guaranteed after Sunday February 26.
    • Some extra shirts may be available for purchase the day of the run on a first come, first serve basis for $15.00. 
    • Event shirts not picked up on race day will not be mailed.
  • There are special prices for missionaries, first responders, and youth. Follow the link to register for prices and more information.
    1. Missionary Rate- only for missionaries, church staff, or religious organization leaders and their families. The missionary rate tickets do not include t-shirts. But you can purchase t-shirt if you order one in this registration. 
    2. First Responders Rate- This ticket is only for fire, police, medical emergency personnel, and military active or retired and their families. These tickets are sold on an honor basis. If you have any questions about your eligilbility, please contact Tammie@equipdisciples for clarification. 
    3. Youth- age 12 and below as of race day.
    4. There is a group discount. A group consists of at least 5 people or more.
  • All proceeds go to purchase Bibles and Bible Study booklets for indigenous Bible study leaders and groups in rural, impoverished, and war torn areas in Africa. These Bibles will be used to start up Bible Study groups in rural and remote villages in DR Congo and Rwanda, and among the Cabecar Indians in Costa Rica. God bless you for supporting this work for His Kingdom.  
  • All registration fees are tax-deductible. Equip Disciples is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the State of Texas. Please print your receipt for your tax records.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, including the event of inclement weather. These trails do not close due to rain or wet trails. So the event will take place rain or shine, but not if there is an electrical storm at the time of the run, or if the trails are icy (not likely in March, but then this is Texas!).
    • Entries cannot be rolled to another year.
    • Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
  • Food Available: There will be Breakfast Tacos available.  You must pre-order your tacos at registration. There will be some extras at the run sold on a first come, first serve basis.  They are catered by Enchiladas Ole in Ft. Worth, TX. You won't be disappointed!  You may bring your own picnic. Picnic tables are around, but you might want to bring your own chairs if you plan to eat.

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Location

Cedar Ridge Preserve

This year the annual Run4Bibles is again being held at Cedar Ridge Preserve. It provides a beautiful and challenging course for the runs!

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX 75249
  • March 2-3 - Packet Pickup
  • March 4 - Race Day
    • 1:30 PM packet pickup and check-in begin
    • 2:30 Half Marathon
    • 2:45 10K Run
    • 3:00 5K Run
    • 3:45 1-Mile Fun Run/Hike
    • 6:28 Sunset. If you think you will take longer than 4 hours, you should bring a head lamp or flashlight for the run. Once it is dark, no runners will be allowed to continue the race unless they have lights for safety purposes. 
    • 7:30 Time Limit. Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is allowing us to extend our cut off time for the 1/2 Marathon until 7:30. 

Photos

Free photos of runners will be made available online for downloading through our Facebook page! Check out our photos from last year!

Timing

All three runs are chip-timed by Delta View Timing. The chip will be pinned on one hip.

Awards

  • Half Marathon:
    • 1st and 2nd Male and Female
    • ALL Finishers receive a medal (Congratulations!)
  • 5K and 10k  for Male and Female:
    • 1st Overall 
    • 1st Masters (40-59)
    • 1st Grand Master (60 & up)
    • 1st and 2nd by age category:
      • up to 8
      • 9-11
      • 12-14
      • 15-19
      • 20-29
      • 30-39
      • 40-49
      • 50-59
      • 60-69
      • 70 & up
  • A few surprises are available for a few 1-milers

Description

Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve makes for a fun filled challenging but beautiful run. You will run on a variety of trails from mulch, solid rock, gravel, dirt, steps made of dirt or rock, and wooden bridges over small creeks. The trails are a series of switch backs, some flat areas, and some straight up and downs, with some wide trails and some narrow. The area is wooded, with small streams and creeks through-out. There is also a large pond, a lookout tower, and a birdwatching hut. The terrian is mildly strenuous, and may be walked or run. Running hills ahead of time will help you prepare for the elevations. 

Course

All distances have been measured with Rolotape 400 professional measuring wheel and are at least equal to the stated distance; exact distance is dictated by the actual trails. See detailed descriptions down below; the maps are here:

Course Maps

Trail Conditions

Keep in mind this trail has a variety of turfs, rock, gravel, dirt, mulch, wood bridges, and natural steps of rock, or dirt, or logs. If it has rained near the date of the run, there will be some sections with mud. Most of the trails are not too muddy even if it does rain. But, in a few spots there can be sticky, slippery, and foot covering mud. So, just be prepared to go slower in those places and wear appropriate shoes you don't mind for the mud. In all, it is just part of the fun and adventure!  I would say only about 5% of the trails are that muddy if it has rained recently. The Nature Preserve has done a good job laying mulch out to cover most muddy sections--and they keep on improving the resiliency of the trails.
  • Runners should have an id on them at all times, and bring their cell phones if they have them. 
  • Wear running shoes with grip if you have them.
  • If it is cool, bring a light jacket that you can shed or tie around your waist if you get too warm. 
  • No strollers, bikes allowed on trails.
  • Trekking poles are allowed.
  • No dogs in the race.

Half Marathon

After a brief section of wide trail at the start, the loop turns down the secluded BackstagePass trail and up the Park in the Woods trail. The route then breaks out briefly into the sun on the Prairie trail, then back into the trees running the full course of the Bluebonnet and Escarpment trails. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the Bluebonnet—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower. Escarpment is a double-wide gentle descent so you can fly down it as much as you like--but half way down you must take a detour across EM1 and loop back to Escarpment via Red Oak. At the bottom of the hill is an aid station. From the aid station the Half Marathoners continue on to Cattail Pond and onwards to the rocky FossilValley trail. FossilValley has some good climbs in there, and retains a bit of mud for the longest time after any rains. You also get to take in the downhill on Trout Lily. At the top of the ridge you catch a brief section of the Cattail Pond trail before turning off onto Cedar Brake. This trail gives you a couple of good miles to stretch your legs, along with a few good climbs. Half way along this trail is another aid station. You return briefly to the Cattail Pond trail before turning off to run the Possumhaw trail. Coming out of Possumhaw trail, you get to race to the half-way line amid roaring cheers. Then you get to turn around and run it all again for the bragging rights of being one trail-tough Half Marathoner.

10K loop

The 10K loop is one time around the Half Marathon loop, except that you do not add on the detour across EM1 and and around to Red Oak--you simply take Escarpment straight to the aid station at the bottom.

5K loop

After a brief section of wide trail at the start, the loop turns down the secluded BackstagePass trail and up the Park in the Woods trail. The route then breaks out briefly into the sun on the Prairie trail, then back into the trees running the full course of the Bluebonnet and Escarpment trails. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the Bluebonnet—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower. Escarpment is a double-wide gentle descent so you can fly down it as much as you like. At the bottom of the hill is an aid station. Grab what you need and get ready to head up the hill. The route goes straight up (well, there’s just a couple of switchbacks) the Cattail Pond Trail. We reserved the steepest climb in the park just for the 5K-ers, so have fun with it! (Now don’t gloat too much over the Half Marathoners—they get their share of fun too.) At the top of the escarpment you are on the home stretch, running the refreshing undulations of the Cattail Pond trail all the way to the finish line. When you finish you’ll know you’ve been on a trail run.

1-Mile Fun Run/Hike

This is not a not an official timed race (no numbers or chip-timing), but we will have a gun-start at the appointed time--and you can track your finish-time with the clock as you run home! The course will take the Bluebonnet loop, which is a part of all the other races. The Bluebonnet has nice flowing terrain, with a variety of dirt, roots, and rocky footings. One of my favorite sections is the ascent on the last section—it’s like running up the bed of a streamlet—which is what it becomes after a nice spring shower. 

Aid-Stations

Aid stations are approximately 2 miles apart. They will be stocked with sweet and salty snacks, water and Gatorade. 
  • This is a cupless run, so bring a sport bottle, or collapsible cup, or camel back and you can refill at the aide stations.
  • There will be both water and Gatorade at all aide stations. 
  • Snacks at aide stations will include goldfish, wheat thins, pickles, bananas, and oranges. Be sure to hydrate before you run and eat something light.
  • First Aide supplies will also be at the aide stations. If you want to quit the run at any time, you may do so at the nearest aide station, where someone can transport you back to the trail head. Or, you can walk your way out. Volunteers will assist you with the nearest trail to return to Start.
  • Restrooms on site next to the Start/Finish line.

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