Half Marathon First Responders Ticket - Half Marathon First Responders: fire, police, emergency medical, military
Half-Marathon Relay - Half-Marathon Relay
Half Marathon - First Responders Ticket
Half-Marathon Relay - Adult and Youth Ticket Ages 12 & up
Half-Marathon Relay - Missionary Ticket
Half-Marathon Relay - First Responders Ticket
Fun Hike - Adult and Youth Ticket All Ages
About This Activity
Run4Bibles and Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve makes for a challenging but beautiful run. You will run on a variety of trails from mulch, solid rock, loose large 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. This is a difficult but amazing run, so you will want to prepare ahead of time. Here are some brief bird's eye views of the runs...
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 on the Mulberry, and runs 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.
The Half Marathon loop tracks along with the 5K loop all the way to the aid station at the bottom of the Escarpment trail. 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. 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. Now Possumhaw is so lovely you get to run it twice! (I always considered this a pleasant, relaxing little trail—until I changed to running it counter-clockwise. So guess which direction you get to run the trail??) After completing the second pass at the Possumhaw trail, you race to the half-way line amid roaring cheers. There you either tag your relay partner who repeats the entire loop, or you turn around and run it again yourself for the bragging rights of being one trail-tough Half Marathoner.
Event details and schedule
Run4Bibles Trail Run Half Marathon/5K/1 Mile Fun Hike March 5, 2016
½ Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Relay 2:30pm (1:30pm check-in)
5K 3:00pm (2:00pm check-in)
1 Mile Fun Hike 3:45pm
*This is a chip timed run.
*PACKET PICK UP will be at The Runner in Arlington on thursday and friday, March 3rd and 4th. Packet Pick up will also be at the run on Sat.
*No dogs, strollers, bikes allowed on trails.
*Treking poles are allowed.
*Aide stations will be every 3-4 miles.
*Restrooms on site.
*This is a cupless run, so bring a sport bottle, or collapsable cup, or camel back and you can refill at the aide stations. Snacks at aide stations will include goldfish, granola bars, bananas, and oranges. Be sure to hydrate before you run and eat something light.
*There will be walk-up registration on the day of the run, but no t-shirts are guaranteed.
*Please note that you must register prior to Friday, Feb. 26, 1016, to receive a t-shirt. Some extra shirts will be available for purchase the day of the run on a first come, first serve basis for $15.00.
*There will also be a BBQ Dinner for $7 a person. The food includes a BBQ sandwinch, plus two sides. Catered by David’s Barbeque in Arlington. Tickets for food are available up to Thurs., March 3. Food will be available from 4:00-6:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the dinner option. You may bring your own picnic. Picnic tables are around, but you might want to bring your own chairs if you plan to eat.
*There will be a nature hike for kids.
*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.
*Event shirts not picked up on race day will not be mailed.
*Runners should have an id on them at all times, and bring their cell phones if they have them. If it is cool, bring a light jacket that you can shed or tie around your waist if you get too warm. Wear running shoes with grip if you have them.
1st and 2nd Male and Female
1st and 2nd Relay Winners
All 1/2 Marathon and relay finishers will receive a metal.
5K Awards (No stacking of awards. Overall awards will be assigned first, then age group awards)
Male/Female Overall, Masters Overall, Grand Masters Overall.
(1st, 2nd place in each category) Male/Female ages 9-11; 12-14; 15-19; 20-24; etc for every 5 years.
*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.