The Big Bend Ultra Marathon returns to Big Bend National Park this Sunday, January 16, 2011. The race will include 50K and 25K trail races and introduce a new RGV/Hot Springs 10K race.
The 25K and 50K races have been sold out since September, and the 10K race is close to full as well. There will be almost 300 racers out in the park on Sunday, a record for this event. Sponsors for the race include Dr. Stuart Crane, Cavendar Toyota, Culligan Southwest and Whole Earth Provisions.
Proceeds from the Big Bend Ultra go to the Trails Fund of Friends of Big Bend National Park, a fund dedicated to improvement of trails in the park.
To minimize the impact on the park, there is a limited number of participants. Everyone involved must follow strict rules, including a zero-tolerance, anti-litter policy.
We will be regularly updating our web page and the Big Bend 50 Ultra Run Facebook page with setup, volunteer and race photos from beautiful Big Bend National Park over the course of the race weekend.
Race Director Carroll Voss states that “the BB50 race is not run at altitude. It starts at 3,200 feet (975 meters) and drops to 1,900 feet (579 meters), so it's a steady downhill race on the park dirt roads. The 50K course goes down Black Gap Road, then on to River Road, and back past the Mariscal mercury-cinnabar mines to Glen Spring Road.”
There is a common start, and common finish line for both the 50K and 25K distances.