Headwaters of the Frio Marathon & Half (New Date)

Race Technical Difficulty Score (RTDS) = 4

The Headwaters of the Frio Trail Marathon, Half, 12K, 5K is a challenging run/walk event across the rugged and isolated terrain of one of the most stunningly beautiful ranches in the Texas Hill Country. 
This event, held during Child Abuse Prevention month, highlights the vital mission of Hill Country Youth Ranch and Big Springs Ranch for Children which work to bring healing and restoration to children who have been victims of horrific abuse, abandonment and neglect. Participants raise funds that directly benefit these children. 

The difficulties and obstacles experienced on the course are a metaphor for the “marathon” our children face daily; while the beauty and tranquility of our 7,050 acre ranch will lift your spirit as it does the children who call this place home.

This is a timed event with 4 categories of participation: 

• Marathon runners and walkers 
• Half Marathon runners and walkers
• 12K runners and walkers
• 5K runners and walkers

The minimum age is 14 (Marathon minimum age is 18) and there is no maximum age (last year our oldest participant was 79). You just need to be in reasonably good shape, train appropriately for the distance you choose, and be realistic about your capabilities. Marathon participants have the toughest challenge with 8 hours to complete the 26.2 mile course. Note to Marathon participants: You will need to finish the first half by 3:45 to progress to the second half of the course. 

After signing up as an individual, you will be given the opportunity to form a team and invite family/friends/co-workers to join you on your run/walk and compete for one of the top team fundraising prizes.

We go to great lengths to make this a unique, one of a kind experience. The event has the amenities you would expect from a large race, but the uncrowded course has a small race feel. 

About Hill Country Youth Ranch: Established in 1977, Hill Country Youth Ranch is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable and educational organization dedicated to providing a safe, loving and life-enhancing environment for children with special emotional and developmental needs deriving from abuse, neglect, abandonment and other childhood traumas.

may, 2020

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(Saturday) 7:00 am - 2:00 pm


Headwaters of the Frio Marathon & Half

10664 U.S. Highway 83 North Leakey, TX 78873

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