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Trailhead Running Presents

Women on the Trails
Race Series

2017-2018

ATHLETE GUIDE
Bruises & Bandages 5K, 10K, 13.1 Mile
01.20.2018


WELCOME!

What started out as a half-baked idea
during a trail run has turned into the sixth
year of the Women on the Trails Race
Series. Our first race, Dirt Trails and Pony
Tails, took place at Austin Ridge in 2012
thanks to the 65 women who signed up for
the 5K and a LOT of help from our friends
and family. Since then, hundreds of women
have joined us and we couldn’t be more
grateful. We are still laughing, still getting dirty, and continue to explore the trails. As
always -- you’re not lost, you’re with us!

Richelle Criswell and Susan Farago
Race Directors and Coaches, Trailhead Running








For more info, please visit: www.trailheadrunning.com
Comments and suggestions: info@trailheadrunning.com

Many photos throughout this athlete guide are courtesy of Jake North Photography.

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RACE DAY SCHEDULE
7:00 am - 8:45 am Registration & Packet Pickup
7:30 am Volunteers Arrive
8:50 am Welcome & Course Review
8:55 am National Anthem
9:00 am Race Start – All Distances
9:30 am Post Race Activities
10:30 am 5K/10K Race Awards & Prize
Drawings
11:30 am 13.1M Race Awards & Prize
Drawings
12:00 pm-ish Course Closed
12:05 pm Post Race Course Sweep &
Trash Cleanup


RACE DAY INFORMATION
ü Start time is 9:00 am for all distances.

ü NO CUPS ON THE RACE COURSE
Bring a water bottle or hand held. Water is
provided on the course.
ü Race day registration is available if the race
has not sold out (credit card or cash).
ü Race day packet pickup only.
ü There is plenty of parking but give yourself
enough time to get there and get organized!
ü Event is not chip timed but awards go to the
top three finishers for each distance.
ü The course is challenging. Seriously.
ü Course and venue are spectator friendly so
bring your friends and family (no dogs on
the course, please).
ü Post-race food is available for runners.
ü Any last minute urgent updates will be
posted on Facebook and e-mailed out to
participants.

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PACKET PICKUP – RACE DAY ONLY
Athletes can pick up their race number, shirt,
and other goodies on race day. Don’t forget to
bring your own goodie bag and we will supply
the goodies!

Saturday, January 20 (Race Day)
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Race Location - Lake Georgetown - Russell Park


POST RACE ACTIVITIES
Athletes will be treated to a fun post-race party

including refreshments and activities from
fantastic local businesses, including:
Ü Big Mouth Announcing
Ü Fruit and Freshly Made Pancakes
Ü Hot Coffee
Ü Massages by Austin Massage Company
Ü Awards Ceremony


RACE BIB SPONSOR: BEN PHILLIPS
A big THANK YOU to Ben Phillips and Engel &

Volkers for sponsoring our fantastic race bibs!

Contact Ben for any real estate questions or if
you are thinking about buying or selling your
home. He’s Trailhead Running’s favorite agent!


Reusable cloth race bibs!
Get your bib at the start and then return your

bib after the race to receive your finisher
award. Race. Return. Recycle!

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RACE LOCATION AND COURSE MAPS
Location for Bruises & Bandages
Lake Georgetown - Russell Park
2101 CR 262 Georgetown, TX 78633
Google Map
From downtown Austin: 31 miles (40 min)

Parking:

There is plenty of paved parking available and
the race start is just a very short walk from the
race area (less than 5 minutes at the farthest
point). Follow race signs and volunteers to help
you get parked quickly and safely on race
morning!

Race Course and Map (5K & 10K & 13.1 Mile)
5K Runners - Run out to 5K turn around at mile
1.6 and back to finish. (Red route on map.)
10K Runners - Run out to 10K turn around at

mile 3.1 and back to finish. (Blue route on map.)
13.1 Mile Runners – Start in the opposite
direction of 5K/10K route and run out to 4 mile
turn around at Jim Hogg Park and back to
start/finish (Part 1). Then continue along
5K/10K course to 2.5 mile point and back to
finish (Part 2). (Orange route on map.)

Aid Stations

1 on 5K/10K course at mile 1.6.

3 on 13.1 mile course at miles 4, 8, and 10.5.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Capital Medical Services will be at the
start/finish line and on course.

FACILITIES
A big THANK YOU to the Army Corps of

Engineers at Lake Georgetown for use of the
facilities on race day! Please help us keep the
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trails clean by using provided trash cans and
being respectful of their property. Port-a-
potties will be available at the start/finish only.

VOLUNTEERS
Be sure to give a big THANK YOU to all our
fantastic volunteers at packet pickup and
during the race! If you would like to volunteer,
please sign up on the race website OR go to the

registration table on race day.

SPECTATORS
Spectators should plan to arrive at least 30
minutes before the race starts to ensure time
for parking and to find a place out on the race
course if desired*. The course is spectator-
friendly with several places to cheer athletes on
during the race and/or meet up with athletes at
the post-race celebration. There are plenty of
places for kids to run and play during the
events; however, children under the age of 16
must have adult/guardian supervision at all

times. *Note: Spectators are not allowed on the
actual race course during the event.

WEATHER
The race will take place rain or shine. The only
exception will be in the case of lightening; the
race will be postponed for 20 minutes after the
last lightening/thunder strike. The race will be
delayed up to 1 hour. If severe weather does
not allow for safe racing conditions, the race
will be cancelled and not rescheduled for a
future date. Last minute updates will be posted
on Trailhead Running’s website, Facebook page,
and an e-mail will be sent out to all pre-
registered participants.

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Athlete involvement includes:

1. No Cups on the Course
We saved over 300 cups and only used 6 gallons
of water TOTAL for all three races in the series

2. BYOB: Bring your own bag for Packet Pickup
We saved over 300 plastic bags!

3. Take Only What You Want at Packet Pickup
We saved over 40 pounds in paper and
materials!

4. Carpool
More and more athletes are ride sharing

Community involvement includes:
1. Limited Use of Bio Fuels
2. No Styrofoam/Polystyrene Packaging
3. Eco-Friendly Porta-Potties
4. Give Back - Support Local
Charities/Businesses

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RACE INFORMATION: By Topic
(In alphabetical order)

Awards
Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers. Everyone will receive a finisher’s gift –
unique to each race!

Age Minimum
Participants must be at least 14 years old.


Carpool / Ride Share
We encourage participants to carpool to the event!

Course Marking
The course will be very well marked. Orange flags will be used throughout the course to indicate
correct course direction. Large "Wrong Way" signs and yellow/black "Caution" tape will be used to
indicate areas that runners should not go. If you pass by one of these markers, turn around.
Volunteers will be on the course to assist runners.

The race venue will be well marked with signs so athletes and spectators know where to go for
parking, race start/finish, packet pickup, etc. Volunteers will be at the race venue to assist runners
and spectators.

Cups
There will be NO cups at the aid stations. Athletes are strongly encouraged to refill using their own
water bottles. This is to support our certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.

Dogs
We love our four-legged furry friends but only humans on the race course. Fur-babies are great
spectators and must accompanied by their “parents.”

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Drop Bags
No official drop bags or areas are available. Plan to keep any items (change of clothes, etc.) with
family or friends or keep in your car. Trailhead Running is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Emergency
For all life threatening emergencies, dial 911. Then contact the race organization at: 512.585.5034.
Capital Medical Services also will be on the course race day.

First Aid - Medical
First aid and medical assistance, provided by Capital Medical Services, is available for all athletes at
the race venue. Additionally, EMS and local authorities will be notified of the race and will be
available for any emergencies.

Handicap Accessible
Parking for all events is on paved road and the finisher’s area is handicap accessible at all locations.
However, please keep in mind that each race venue is primarily on trail and most of the event
course will be extremely difficult to access via wheelchair, crutches, or other limited mobility
devices. Most of the festivities will be at the finisher’s area so everyone can participate in the post-
race fun!

Information / Registration
An information and registration table will be on site to assist volunteers and spectators with any
questions or concerns during the event.

Littering
No littering. There are garbage cans at water stops and at the start/finish line area. If you see trash,
please pick it up. This earns you mega karma points with us AND Mother Nature.

Lost and Found
Lost and found will be located at the information table near the start/finish line. Please e-mail
info@trailheadrunning.com for any unclaimed items left after the event.

Maps
See “Maps and Location Info” in this document for venue and course map information.

Pacers
No pacers are allowed for this event. Only registered runners and official race personnel can be on
the run course during the event.

Packet Pickup
Race day packet pickup is available. Go to www.trailheadrunning.com for packet pickup times and
locations. BYOB – In an effort to reduce event waste, please bring your own bag for packet pickup.
Our motto, “We provide the goodies, you provide the bag.”
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Parking: Car
There is plenty of parking for cars close to the race start for each venue. We encourage carpooling
whenever possible. Follow volunteers and parking signs. ALWAYS lock your car and take your keys.

Photography
We will do our best to capture the excitement of race day! Photos will be posted after the race and
links available on our website.

Port-A-Potties
Port-a-potties will be available for all participants and spectators throughout the event. And we will
have PLENTY of toilet paper too!

Pre-Race Meeting
There will be a brief pre-race meeting 10 minutes before the race starts at the start line followed by
the Star Spangled Banner. Then the race will begin promptly on time.

Race Day Registration
Race day registration will be available. PAYMENT VIA CREDIT CARD OR CASH ONLY.
Note that each race is capped at 100 runners so register early to ensure your event reservation.

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Race Distance
Each of the race distances have been measured using Garmin technology and Google Earth maps.

Race Size – Number of Runners
Each race will be capped at 100 runners total.

Race Timing
This event is not chip timed. Please wear a watch to track your run time.

Refund, Race Entry
Refunds are not available a week before the race. Race registration transfers are on a case by case
basis. See also cancellations due to inclement weather (“Weather”).

Results
Only the top three overall finishers for each race distance will be announced. This is an untimed
event.

Schwag
All registered participants will receive a high quality women’s cut shirt with the race logo on the
front. Finishers will receive a unique finisher’s gift at the finish line. There will be a different
finisher’s gift for each of the races.

Shoes and Clothing
Trail-specific apparel (shoes, clothing) is not necessary for the event. However, the course is off-
road so there are plenty of opportunities to encounter rocks, trees, cactus, brush, and other things
that scrape, sting, or bite. Please take any precaution necessary to ensure a fun and safe event.

Spectators & Kids
Each course is spectator-friendly with several places to cheer athletes on during the race and/or
meet up with athletes at the post-race celebration. There are plenty of places for kids to run and
play during the events. Children under the age of 16 must have adult/guardian supervision at all
times. Check the race course map for areas that are marked as spectator friendly.
Note: Spectators are not allowed on the actual race course during the event.

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Star Spangled Banner
This is America. Darn right we
will have the Star Spangled
Banner!

Start Waves
This is a “mass start” event
where all runners start at the
same time. Wave starts will not
be used.

Start/Finish Line
The start and finish lines are in
the same location and marked
with appropriate signage.

Time Cutoff
There is a two (2) hour time cutoff for the 5K and 8K distance events, and a three (3) hour time
cutoff for the 13.1 mile distance event. Race director(s) have the right to pull anyone off the course
at any time for safety reasons.

Updates and Information
Any major changes or updates to the race or related events will be e-mailed to the participants,
posted on Facebook, and updated on the trailheadrunning.com website. Please check these areas a
few days before the event so you have the latest information.

Volunteers
We love our volunteers! Volunteers can register to help with an event by going to
https://ultrasignup.com/volunteer.aspx?dtid=27534. All volunteers will receive a race-specific t-
shirt, post-race food, and our undying gratitude!

Waivers
All runners and volunteers must sign a waiver as part of their race entry/volunteer process.

Water Stop(s)
There will be at least one water stop on the 5K, 8K, and 10K courses (depending on the venue), and
at least two water stops on the 13.1 mile course where water will be provided. There will be NO
cups at the water stops. Athletes are strongly encouraged to refill using their own water bottles.

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Weather
The races will take place rain or shine. The only exception
will be in the case of lightening –
the race will be postponed for 20 minutes after the last
lightening/thunder strike. The race will be delayed up to
1 hour. If severe weather does not allow for safe racing
conditions, the race will be cancelled and not
rescheduled for a future date. Refunds will not be issued
because almost all of the supplies and services for the
event must be purchased well in advance of the actual
event date. Last minute updates will be posted on
Trailhead Running’s website, Facebook page, and an e-
mail will be sent out to all pre-registered participants.


Thank you for joining us and
have a great race!
Photos courtesy John Chung



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