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Capt'n Karl's Colorado Bend 

Colorado Bend State Park

Bend, Tx

5k, 10k, 20k, 30k, 60k & Youth Trail Run 

Capt'n Karl's Colorado Bend Nighttime Trail Run

THE ORIGINAL & LONGEST RUNNING NIGHT TRAIL SERIES IN THE COUNTRY

IN 2024, THIS IS THE THIRD EVENT IN THE CAPT'N KARL'S TRAIL SERIES

Join us for the third installment of the epic Capt'n Karl's Trail Series as we run the rugged and demanding trails of Colorado Bend State Park. This locale is more reminiscent of the western United States than central Texas. Boasting cliffs and canyon lands, limestone caves, numerous natural springs, amazing waterfalls, and precious solitude, this park truly has it all & has quickly become a favorite among our runners and families. Prepare yourselves for a wonderful treat!

What Distances Where, & When???

Races Offered:​

5k 10k 20k 30k & 60k Trail Run &

Youth Trail Run​

 

Each of these distances will have a 15 minute window to start their race. Each participant will receive a "Gun Time" and a "Chip Time". Awards will be based off of "Gun" time, therefore, it benefits every competitor to start on time.

Live Results:

 

​Schedule of Events:​

Packet Pickup: 4:00pm - 8:30pm (Race Day Only)

At packet pickup runners that registered before shirt cutoff date will receive their shirt, bib and chip. Participants that signed up past the shirt cutoff date will receive some other swag item such as a shirt, hat, cup etc. 

 

Race Briefing:   6:30 - 6:45 PM          

       

The Race Briefing will include details about the course as well as insights for each race distance. This is not mandatory for our runners, however it may give a competitive edge for those who are competing for a podium spot.              

 

​Kids Mile -     7:00 PM - 7:30​ PM

 

60k & 30k -   7:30 PM - 7:45​ PM

 

20k - 8:00 PM - 8:15 PM

10K - 8:15 PM - 8:30 

5k - 8:30 PM - 8:15 PM

​Location:

1201 Colorado Park Road,

Bend, TX 76824

United States

Medals /Awards/Shirts 

Medals:

Medals will be given to all finishers. We understand that sometimes there are circumstances that prevent someone from finishing the race. As a token for your effort we would still like to offer those who make an attempt at any distance, a medal to commemorate the miles they did complete. Hopefully it will serve as a reminder to comeback and get the job done!

Awards:

For Spider Mountain, Awards will be given out to the top 3 overall male and female winners, as well as the top Masters Male and Female. 

Shirts:

Everyone will receive an event shirt so long as you are signed up before the shirt cutoff date which is May 27th. If you do not sign up by this date you will receive some other item, whether it be a past year event shirt, or Perspective Pacing garment, either way you'll have a couple of options

Course Map 

30K & 60K (2 Loops) Map

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10K & 20K (2 Loops) Map

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5K Map

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Kids Run Map

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Aid Station

           For this event the 30K & 60K will have 5 aid stations including the start finish. One of these aid stations will be hit twice in one loop (Lemon Ridge). All pf these aid stations will be fully serviced.  

         

           The 10K & 20K will have 2 aid station including the start/finish aid station. Both of these aid stations will be fully serviced. 

     

           The 5K will not have any aid stations on course, it will only have access to aid at the beginning and end of the loop. Please make sure to bring enough water to get through 5 miles, not just a 5k. Summertime will wear out even the most seasoned of runner, regardless if it's day or night, so be smart and hydrate wisely!

           For this event at a "fully serviced" aid station,  you will be able to find the following for fuel:

Cookies, PBJ sandwiches, Oranges, Bananas, Watermelons, Pickles, Pickle Juice, , Fruit Snacks, Pringles, Coke, Mt. Dew, Ginger Ale, Tailwind & Saltstick 

We have found that these items will allow runners to properly fuel themselves to get through any ultra. 

         Disclaimer: We are a CUPLESS EVENT! For those new to the trail running world/etiquette, we like to treat our venues with respect and do not use plastic or styrofoam to serve out water. Please bring your own cup, water bottle, hydration vest, or other form of water containment so we can help maintain the clean environment we are permitted to use for this event. 

Aid Station Chart Coming Soon*

Last lap cutoff for all distances is 1:30AM

Pacing

Pacers

Pacers are allowed at this race for 60km racers only on their second lap. All pacers will need to pay a $10 Special Event fee upon arrival (cash/check only). Pacers must start and end at the Race Hub. Only one pacer with a runner at a time. No mule-ing. All pacers must complete registration

Volunteering 

Come out and volunteer with us at Spider Mountain! Every race that you have ever participated in has had a crew of volunteers to make it possible. Without the support of volunteers, races wouldn't exist! Take this opportunity to give back to your running community and sign up to volunteer!

P.S. If and when you do decide to volunteer, there are some pretty cool swag and discounts available for future races!

Lodging 

Camping is available at the the River Group Site and campsites 1-38 on Saturday night only.  Space is limited so arrive early to set up and claim your spot. Camping and parking are included in your Special Event Fee, when using Designated Race Camping Areas. Our primary camping area is the River Group Site and secondary camping is available at sites 1-38.

 

You will need to check in at packet pickup before parking to claim a camp site.

 

There is NO camping (i.e. tenting/sleeping) at the Race Hub, drop bags and runners support only (i.e. pop up shelters, ground coverings, etc). Camping is first come, first serve. Once the River Group Site is full, runners can use campsites 1-17 and you will need to share space (i.e. parking, picnicing, tenting) with others runners.. Camping is more fun with friends anyway!

Using this Park is a privilege, not a right!  Violation of these simple rules will jeopardize future events.  Don't be the person who ruins it for the entire Tejas Trails Family. We have been working with TPWD and specifically the Colorado Bend staff for many years, they are not only our colleagues, but our friends. Tejas Trails is very proud of our relationship with staff/management and by displaying exceptional outdoor stewardship, we will ensure use of this venue for years to come. All TPWD Rules and Regulations apply, see HERE for details.

RV's, motor homes, travel trailers & campers are allowed.  Access to Colorado Bend is challenging (ie steep, winding road leading to park HQ), so please contact venue prior to arrival for reservations/details & formal authorization. There are numerous RV sites (#35 -47), however they DO NOT have water or electricity hookups.

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