WHY THIS RACE
Wishes Aren't Just for Shooting Stars...
The Devils River Run for Hope is a Marathon and Half Marathon race across the beautiful, rugged West Texas wilderness to benefit Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves children battling cancer worldwide. This is a one of a kind off-road destination race beginning at the banks of the pristine spring-fed turquoise ribbon of Devils River carving the desert landscape and trekking through the natural beauty of the fossilized ruddist reefs forming the hills of this vast, remote and quite untouched West Texas landscape. Be ready to experience the rich natural sights, sounds and fresh smells of desert blooms in the spring air along the trail that is a convergence of diverse ecosystems! Runners participating in this special event will be supporting the ongoing grassroots efforts of a small volunteer-led charity focused on bringing happiness and hope for children with cancer worldwide. In addition, any runners who raise $1,000+ will have the opportunity to have their registration fees waived. Race is limited to first 70 who register... GO!
Welcome to the Devils River Run for Hope! Thank you for joining our effort to bring joy and hope to children battling cancer through this rugged outdoor race supporting Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation (www.BrookesBlossoms.org)
Please CAREFULLY read the instructions below for this destination race:
This is a point to point race. ALL participants will be shuttled from McKenna Ranch to the Devils River State Natural Area (DRSNA) river gate.
Shuttle(s) will depart McKenna Ranch for the DRSNA at 6:15 and runners will be dropped off at the DRSNA river gate at 7:00 am then walk down to the starting line (0.92 miles)
The Half Marathon race will end at 13.1 miles where finishers will be shuttled back to McKenna Ranch.
The runner check in will be onsite race day at McKenna Ranch, which is the Marathon race FINISH line. All event parking will be at McKenna. The park entry fee for event participants is $7.00 per person and this has already been included in your advance registration fees.
There will be NO Race Day Registration.
**SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS REQUIRED**
Race day runner check-in and packet pick up is from 5:15am - 6:00 am. Enter the open air Activity Center at McKenna to receive your Bib#/pins, Race Swag Bags, T-Shirt, and for Race Food/Drink.
At 7:35 am there will be a brief safety talk at the starting line area. This talk will include COVID safety precautions for participants and guests and explanation on restroom/port-a-potty locations as well as the encouraged use of WAG bags to protect the natural habitat and delicate protected ecosystem surrounding the race course. Masks may be removed once the runner starts the race (but will need to plan to keep it with them for future shuttle/finish line portions of the event).
The race will start at 8:00am, and first the Marathon runners will go in groups of 9 every 2 minutes, followed by the Half-Marathon runners.
We will NOT have social gatherings at the Race Starting Line by the river. If you are bringing family/friends to support you, please inform them they will need to wait for you at the finish line at McKenna Ranch as driving to and from the park during the race and along the race course is discouraged.
Checking in, every participant MUST wear a mask, remain 6 ft away from others, and social distancing is mandatory. Social Distancing Signs will be posted as reminders of this requirement.
As our races already have a no paper or plastic policy, every participant must supply their own hydration container (Camelbak or Water Bottle), and the provided water/sports drink options will ONLY be dispensed by our volunteers. CUPS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
Hand Sanitizer and sunscreen will be available.
We will follow ALL TPWD park rules and regulations and encourage you to follow common sense hygiene and to take personal responsibility for your own health/safety concerns and social distancing.
Post race events will all be at McKenna Ranch from 12-5pm with food service beginning at noon. The Marathon race cut off time is 3:00pm when race awards ceremony begins and raffle/auction will begin at 3:30. Awards will be presented to the 1st-3rd place male/female in each race.
Be sure to check the weather prior to and on race day. This race takes place in a remote part of West Texas and weather conditions can be unpredictable. A weather update will also be sent out to all participants the week prior to the event. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and as always, we thank you for your support.
We are doing our best to provide a safe and fun environment for you to MOVE in a positive and challenging way. Please, let’s continue to extend mutual respect to one another and our nonprofit event volunteers.