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ATHLETE'S GUIDE

Get out on the trails!

FEBRUARY 1, 2020
DRIPPING SPRINGS RANCH PARK
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX

PRESENTED BY
WELCOME!
Everyone should have the opportunity to try

trail running. When I first started trail running,

the only race distance available was a 50K

and let's face it, you don't have to run a 50K

to call yourself a trail runner.

Before Happy Treading, there was Trailhead

Running-- my first opportunity to encourage

women to trail run, putting speed and

distance aside and instead focusing on

building a community of runners. Life happens

and change is inevitable. The Trailhead

Running book closed and Happy Treading was

born--still encouraging women to trail run and

providing opportunities to do so.

Welcome to Happy Trails Trail Race, our

second trail race under Happy Treading. I am

you chose to spend your


grateful that

Saturday morning with us. We strive to

provide a well-marked course, a fun and

encouraging atmosphere, and a finish line

with pancakes and hot coffee!

Happy Treading,

Richelle Criswell

Happy Treading Founder + Race Director

www.happytreading.com
SPONSORS
NEW FOR 2020
BibBoards 
Snap and Lock Reusable Bib Fasteners
BibBoards have a flat smooth surface that will not

chafe. A second piece works by pushing part of

the garment into a recess, providing a secure fit.

When the event is over, they pop off. BibBoards

can be reused, and their special shape holds

down a bib MORE secure than without the fuss or

holes. #SavetheShirt

BibBoard will be available at packet pickup


Skip the safety pins and purchase your own

BibBoards for $4 . You'll be able to reuse the for

all your races!

**safety pins will still be available should you

chose not to purchase BibBoards.


RACE DAY SCHEDULE
SATURDAY 2/1/2020
7:30 am - 8:45 am Packet Pickup
7:00 am Volunteers Arrive
8:50 am Welcome and Course Review
8:55 am National Anthem
9:00 am Race Starts (5K and 10K)
Ben Phillips has been 9:30 am Post Race Activities
a friend and supporter 10:30 am 5K/10K awards & Prize Drawings
of Happy Treading for 12:00 pm-ish Course Closed
many years and for 12:05 pm-ish Post-Race Course Sweep and
that we are gracious Trash Cleanup

and can't say, "thank

you" enough. He's not IMPORTANT RACE INFO


only a sponsor, but he Start time is 9:00 am for all distances.

and his family NO CUPS ON THE RACE COURSE


participate and cheer Bring a water bottle or hand held. Water is

on participants each provided on the course .


year! Race day packet pickup only.

There is plenty of parking but give yourself

If you are a buyer enough time to get there and get organized!

looking for an Awards go to the top three finishers for each

experienced agent distance.

with tremendous real The course, for the most part, is not technical.

estate market There are a few rocky sections that will keep

knowledge and a true entertained and focused. Remember--smile

liaison, Ben should be and have fun!

your agent of choice. Course and venue are spectator friendly so

His knowledge of the bring your friends and family (no dogs on the

market and the buying course, please).

process and his expert Post- race food (coffee and pancakes

negotiation skills will available for runners.

make buying a home Any last minute urgent updates will be posted

the fulfilling on Facebook and e-mailed out to participants

experience it should

be and could save you

thousands along the

way.

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COURSE MAP

**Course subject to change


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, February 1, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Race Location - Dripping Springs

Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr,

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

POST RACE ACTIVITIES


Athletes will be treated to a fun post-race party

including refreshments and activities from fantastic

local businesses, including:

Big Mouth Announcing

Fruit and Freshly Made Pancakes

Hot Coffee

Massages by Austin Massage Company

Awards Ceremony

RACE BIB SPONSOR


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

Happy Treading's favorite agent!


Michelle Hittner and

her team of

massage therapists
RACE LOCATIONS & MAPS
are a staple in the Location for Happy Trails Trail Race

Dripping Springs Ranch Park


athletic community.
1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Google Map
With 3 locations in
From downtown Austin, 28 miles (30 minutes)
the Austin area,

you're guaranteed

to book a

massage with an

exceptional

therapist.

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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 & MAP (10K & 5K)


The course is one large loop. There will be signage at

approximately 2.7 miles for the 5K to turn off and head to

the finish.

Trail running is more about the journey than the distance.

The 5K course is a touch long (3.4 miles) and the 10K

course is a touch short (5.7 miles).

AID STATIONS
1 on the 5K course

2 on the 10K course

*We are reducing our footprint, bring your own handheld,

hydration belt or pack. Water jugs will be available.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Capital Medical Services will be at the start/finish line

and on course.

FACILITIES
Big thank you to Ranch Park and the City of Dripping

Springs for providing a great venue. Please help us keep

the trails clean by using provided trash cans and being

respectful of their property.

VOLUNTEERS
Be sure to give a big THANK YOU to all our fantastic
volunteers at packet pickup and during the race!

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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 Happy Treading's website, Facebook page, and

an e-mail will be sent out to all pre-registered

participants.

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RACE INFO: BY TOPIC
AWARDS
Overall awards will be given to the top

three finishers for each distance. Everyone

will receive a finisher’s award.

AGE MINIMUM
Participants must be at least 14 years old.

CARPOOL/RIDESHARE
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.

DOGS
We love our four-legged furry friends but only

humans on the race course. Fur-babies are great

spectators and must be 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. Happy

Treading 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. However, please

keep in mind that the 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.

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.

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LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found will be located at the information

table near the start/finish line. Please e-mail

richelle@happytreading.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.happtreading.com/happy-trails/ 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.”

PARKING: CAR
There is plenty of parking for cars close to the race start.

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!

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PRE-RACE MEETING
There will be a brief pre-race meeting 10 minutes

before the race starts at the start line followed

by the National Anthem. Then the race will begin

promptly on time.

RACE DAY REGISTRATION


Race day registration is available. Cash, check, or credit

card will be accepted.

RACE DISTANCE
Each of the race distances have been measured using

Garmin technology and Google Earth maps.

REFUND, RACE ENTRY


Refunds are not available. 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.

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

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SPECTATORS & KIDS
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. 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.

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 10K

distance events. 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 happytreading.com

website. Please check these areas a few days before the

event so you have the latest information.

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VOLUNTEERS
We love our volunteers! Volunteers can register

to help with an event by going to

http://ultrasignup.com/volunteer.aspx?

dtid=38358. 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 one water stop on the 5K course and two on

the 10K course. There will be NO cups at the water stops.

Athletes are strongly encouraged to refill using their own

water bottles.

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 Happy

Treading's website, Facebook page, and an e-mail will be

sent out to all pre-registered participants.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!


HAVE A GREAT RACE!

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