About The Race

Join us for the Dana Peak Trail Run located at Dana Peak Park, along the north shore of Stillhouse Hollow lake in Harker Heights Texas, approximately one hour from both Waco and Austin, Texas.

The trails ascend and descend the rocky terrain that hugs Stillhouse Hollow lake. While most of the trail system is in the trees there are some areas that are exposed. Throughout the race runners will climb several of the peaks along the shore catching incredible views of the lake during their journey along the course.

Each distance follows a single loop with limited repeat trails throughout your race!

IMPORTANT: All runners must cary a hydration device (i.e. Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder) to participate in the race. 100/50K runners need to make sure they can carry enough water to last on the longest segment between aid stations (7 miles).

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Location

Dana Peak Park
3800 Comanche Gap Road
Harker Heights, TX 76548

Dana Peak Park is a 560 acre park located on the northern shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Harker Heights, Texas. The park operated and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Events

  • 10K Run (1 x 10K Loop (≈7 miles))
  • 20K Run (1 x 20K Loop) ≈1530 ft. Ascent/Descent
  • 50K Run (1 x 50K Loop) ≈3354 ft. Ascent/Descent
  • 100K Run (2x 50K Loop) ≈6708 ft Ascent/Descent

Race Schedule

Saturday, October 8, 2022
5:30 AMPacket pick up.opens
6:00 AM100K Race Starts
6:45 AM50K Pre-Race Briefing
7:00 AM50K Race Starts
7:15 AM20K Pre-Race Briefing
7:30 AM20K Race Starts
7:40 AM20K Ruck Starts
7:45 AM10K Pre-Race Briefing
8:00 AM10K Race Starts
8:10 AM10K Ruck Starts
6:00 PM100K Must start 2nd loop
8:00 PMCutoff for 50K/20K/10K
6:00 AM100K Cutoff

Course Maps

The maps below are the course maps for this year’s race. Runners will not be allowed to drop at the Lost N Found aid station due to its remote location.

100K Course

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50K Course

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20K Course

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10K Course

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Aid Stations

IMPORTANT: All runners must cary a hydration device (i.e. Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder) to participate in the race.

The 100K/50K course will have six aid stations stops on each loop. Most are between 3-5 miles apart. However, there is one segment that is 7 miles between aid stations. Please plan accordingly. We will post the distances between aid stations once we publish the course map.

The Lost-n-Found aid station is remote and not accessible by car or truck. This aid station will have less supplies but will include water, Tailwind, SaltStick and first aid supplies, at a minimum. The rest of the aid stations will include water, Tailwind, SaltStick, bananas, oranges, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, Oreos, fig cookies, soda, pickles, pickle juice and first aid.

This is a cupless race. We do not provide cups to participants. However we do sell a rubber reusable collapsable cup for $5 each that can be purchased when you pick up your race packet. Water and endurance drink will be available at all aid stations along with typical aid station fare such as bananas, oranges, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, Oreos, fig cookies, soda, Salt Stick and much more.

Drop Bags

We anticipate having one drop bag location on the course for 100K/50K runners at the Stillhouse Hollow aid station. Approximately mile 18 for 50K/100K and 49.5 for 100K only. Drop bags must be brought to the start/finish and left at the designated area no later than 6:30 a.m. on race morning. Drop bags will be returned when the aid station shuts down. Post race, please be sure and pick up your drop bag. Under no circumstances will we mail or deliver a drop bag back to its owner. Please keep drop bags to a reasonable size.

There will be no drop bags allowed for the 10K or 20K events.

Pacers

We are working through details on when we will allow pacers for the 100K event.

Pacers are not allowed for the 10K, 20K, or 50K. Any participant in these events who runs with someone who has not registered and paid for the event will be disqualified.

Ruck Divisions

Both the 20K and 10K will include a Ruck category. Participants must bring their own Ruck and meet these requirements:

  • Participants who weigh 150 pounds or more, rucks must weigh at least 30 pounds.
  • Participants who weigh less than 150 pounds, rucks must weigh at least 20 pounds.

Ruck weight does not include water/food that you can consume on the trail. However, bags of food can be used to add weight to your ruck, along with weights, heavy books, bricks, etc. Any nonperishable foods rucked in your bag can be donated at the finish line for a local food bank.

Lodging and Camping

Lodging

There are plenty of hotels within the Harker Heights/Killeen area. The closest hotel is the Best Western Harker Heights, just under 15 minutes from the Dana Peak Park.

Camping:

Dana Peak Park is closed for public use between September 30th – March 1st each year. By permit, we are allowed access to the Day Use area of the park for our event. Our 2021 permit did not allow overnight camping prior to the race. We are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to see if we will be able to offer car/tent camping before the race.

Awards/Medals/Shirts

Registration and Refund Policy

We understand that things come up. If you can no longer run the race, if you let us know more than one month in advance, you will receive 100% race credit for another Blaze Trails Running event. If you let us know between one month and two weeks prior to race day, you will receive 50% race credit towards another Blaze Trails Running event. We will not allow any refunds or transfers less than two weeks before race day. No exceptions.

Bib transfers to another runner are allowed up until the two weeks prior to the race only if the race has not sold out. If you are interested in transferring your bib to a friend, please contact us immediately. It is very important for the safety of all runners that we have the correct contact and medical information. If the shirt order has already been placed, your friend agrees to accept the shirt size that you ordered. A $15 administration fee (plus transaction fee) will be charged to the person who is accepting the bib transfer. We do not allow transfers if the event has sold out and have a wait list. In that case, we will follow the posted refund policy and allow the next person on the wait list to register. We require transfers to be completed no later than two weeks prior to the race. This allows us to keep our focus on producing the event and other important race details during the race week. If you contact us in the last two weeks to ask for a transfer, we will not reply and the transfer is not allowed. No exceptions.

Refund and/or transfer requests must be made in writing by sending an email to info@blazetrails.com. Refunds are only processed as credit to a future event.

I further understand that I am not entitled to a refund if the race director and/or race officials are forced to cancel the race due to any participant safety issue on the course that is out of the race organizer’s control. This may include, but is not limited to flooding, lightning or any other weather condition that makes the course unsafe for participants.

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