About The Race

Join us for the first annual Dana Peak Trail Run. During the inaugural event the longest distance will be a 50K run. Next year we expect to add a 100K event that will feature approximately 6700 ft of climb in two loops.

The race is held at Dana Peak Park, located on 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! Elevation gain for the 50K is 3,354.

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

Location

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)) Ascent/Descent TBD
  • 20K Run (1 x 20K Loop) ≈1530 ft. Ascent/Descent
  • 50K Run (1 x 50K Loop) ≈3354 ft. Ascent/Descent

Race Schedule

Saturday, October 2, 2021
6:00 AM Packet pick up.
6:45 AM 50K Pre-Race Briefing
7:00 AM 50K Race Starts
7:15 AM 20K Pre-Race Briefing
7:30 AM 20K Race Starts
7:45 AM 10K Pre-Race Briefing
8:00 AM 10K Race Starts
7:00 PM Cutoff for All Races

Course Maps

The maps below are the course maps for this year’s race. 50K runners should leave the Stillhouse aid station no later than 2:30 p.m. Otherwise, they will not have enough time to finish the race. Runners will not be allowed to drop at the Lost N Found aid station due to its remote location.

50K Course

Dana Peak 50K Course Map

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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 50K course will have six aid stations stops along the course. 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 $3 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 50K runners at the Stillhouse Hollow aid station. Approximately mile 18. 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 runners.

Pacers

Pacers are not allowed for any event. Any participant who runs with someone who has not registered and paid for the event will be disqualified.

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. However, our permit does not cover overnight camping on Friday and Saturday night. In place of camping at the park, we have made special arrangements with the Knead Peace Camp, located less than 10 minutes from Dana Peak Park. They are offering camping for $15/night on Friday and/or Saturday night, 50% off their usual rate. (The owners even mentioned that if enough people stay Saturday night, she’ll try to get a musician for entertainment.)

Knead Peace Camp
10465 FM 2410
Belton, TX 76513

To sign up, you will work directly with Jeannie at the camp. Reserve your spot by sending payment by Venmo (@KneadPeace) or Cash App ($KneadPeace). Include “Dana Peak Race” along with camping style (tent or car) and the night you plan to camp (Friday, Saturday or both).

If you have any questions, please contact Jeannie by text at 254.727.5069 (preferred) or send an email to kneadpeace2@gmail.com.

There is limited camping so make your plans ahead of time. There is space for only four RVs and this is without RV hookups. The camp site includes a curtained outhouse and she plans to install solar showers before the race.

Out of consideration of others, please plan to arrive at the campground no later than 9 p.m.

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.