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Run4Bibles -Spring Afternoon Trail Run

Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy
Dallas, TX 
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
1-Mile Hike-n-Run

*Walk Up Registration is Available also


Race Schedule

½ Marathon 2:00pm (1:00pm check-in)

10k 2:30pm (1:30 check-in)

5K 2:45pm (1:45pm check-in)

1 Mile Hike -n- Run 3:00pm (2:15 check-in)

 

Maps and Elevation

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


Half Marathon Trail Description

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 Trail Description

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 Trail Description

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 Hike-n-Run Trail Description

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. 

Directions


Cedar Ridge Preserve

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX 75249

Free Photos








Free photos of runners will be made available online for downloading through our Facebook page (Run4Bibles community group)! Check out our photos from last year!

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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. 

What Runners Receive 

  • Chip timed run
  • Cool Tek shirt- guaranteed if you register by Feb. 25, 2018
  • Handmade runner's headband or fandana if you bring a friend to run.
  • Free Photos from the run to download from our Facebook Page: Run4Bibles.
  • Trail snacks, water, and Gatorade.
  • Your first name put on the gift page of a Bible we give to Bible study leaders in Africa. 5k runners earn 1 Bible, 10k earn 2 Bibles, 1/2 marathon earns 3 Bibles.
  • With your entry fee, you get to support two great causes: Equip Disciples Bible Study groups, and maintaining God's beautiful creation at Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve.
  • Discount Rates for Youth ages 6-12. 0-5 are free. Special Rate for First Responders and their families; and special rate for missionaries (includes church staff, Christian school administration staff and teachers, and Christian non-profit organizational leaders).


Questions Runners Ask

Where to Park?
  • Runners are to park their vehicles at the Park in the Woods Recreation Center next to (just north of) Cedar Ridge Preserve. At the back of the parking lot there is a short trail which will take you to the check in table. At the end of the trail, look for the white buildings. Registration will be around that area. The park itself will likely already be full with people coming out to the park that day. 
Where are the Restrooms?
  • Nice walk-in restrooms are available near the starting and finish line. For those running the 1/2 marathon, your loop will bring you back to the start at the half-way mark. 
How Far Apart are the Aid Stations?
  • Aide stations will be at the start and finish lines, and every 2-3 miles on the course. 5ks will have an aide station after the 2nd mile mark. 
  • 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, chips, wheat thins, pickles, bananas, oranges, P&J, and chocholate. 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.
  • Breakfast Tacos available for pre-order and free for volunteers. 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.
What is the Cut Off Time?

  • Cut off time for all runs is 6:15pm.

What are the Award Categories?

  • 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

Timing

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

Rules

  • You must obey all park rules at all times.
  • Please bring a cell phone to carry with you.
  • No strollers, bikes, skates allowed on the trails.
  • No weapons or firearms are allowed.
  • No dogs on the trails during the run time.
  • No littering.
  • Stay on marked trails only.
  • Respect parking signs and rules. The park is very strict about where trucks park, where cars park, where we are to park for the event. 

Notes About Entry Fees:

    1. 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.  
    2. 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.
    3. 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 can be transferred to another person.