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Currently the toughest 100km trail run in Texas, as well as the oldest. It’s beautiful, fun, and incredibly well-supported. Beginners are welcome. Come run amongst the best trail runners in the U.S. No whiners, wimps, or wusses. A trail of rugged and brutal beauty where everything cuts, stings or bites. Top male … MORE
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    Overall Rating: She don’t love you, but she’s going to make sure you remember her name…

    Before the review:
    I am thoroughly impressed with this organization. On Monday before the event, the venue where the race was to be held cancelled, saying they could not allow this event to happen due to the recent rains. Instead of cancelling, this team went to work, found a different venue (Camp Eagle), cleared and marked trails, and made a plan. As an out of stater, I cannot express my gratitude that Tejas Trails did this. Outstanding!

    This Rave is for the Camp Eagle location, as I did not run any at the Texas Hill Country State Park.

    Course Difficulty: Really hard. Don’t underestimate this course. Very few runnable sections, lots of steep climbs, and rocks…oh, the rocks. On a scale of 1-10, I give this one an 8, to be a ten I would have had to cross a mountain and a river. I am thankful it was only an 8.

    Course Scenery: Really good. Great high views of the Texas Hill country, several dry creek crossings, and lots of white limestone single track. As a bonus, on my 100k I was able to see sunrise, high noon, and sunset…lol.

    Race Production: Volunteers were off the charts good, started on time (delayed an hour for the venue change, but well publicized), aid station were well stocked and right where they should be, course markings were outstanding. I have one complaint, but it’s minor; there was no service to deliver drop bags back to the start…for those of us that needed to get on the road, that was an issue. I muled my second one after the last time at that aid station, and packed them both back with me for the last 5.5 mile segment, which did keep me from running, it’s a minor complaint, but that’s why the 4 stars instead of 5, all else was great.

    Race Swag: Good, solid 100k buckle and nice short sleeve tee.

    My Performance: This was my first 100k, so I didn’t really have expectations; I thought maybe 14-16 hours. When I walked across the finish line at nearly 17 hours, I was really just happy I hadn’t quit…it was that hard. Needless to say, I am happy with my performance, simply being able to finish something that 3 years ago would have been impossible. Oh, and I beat the Western States qualifying time…so, there’s that.

    Final notes: This race is a beast. Plan for it, train hard, and don’t underestimate it, the marketing definitely doesn’t do the difficulty justice. If you’re looking to test your mettle, give this girl a whirl; she’ll make you laugh, cry, and laugh at yourself for crying…then she’ll hand you a shiny new buckle and make you want to do it all over again.

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    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    M_Sohaskey Jan 08, 2019 at 12:28pm

    Great job gettin' it done, Keith! I'm guessing a beautiful buckle, a Western States qualifier and big-time bragging rights are a solid trade-off for nearly 17 hours on the trails. And YES, I'm likewise impressed that Tejas Trails was able (and willing!) to mark a whole new 100K course on such short notice, huge props to them. All in all sounds like your first 100K was an awesome success, which bodes well for your return to TX next month. Thanks for another helpful review, and congrats on an epic start to 2019!

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