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One weekend, three trail runs in the Highland Lakes

Pedernales Falls State Park is the site of the Pedernales Trail Run on February 22. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Three trail runs are getting set in the Highland Lakes on the same weekend, each with a different twist.

One treks through 50 kilometers of a beautiful state park, one powers through an obstacle course created by a Green Beret, and one winds its way up and down Spider Mountain at night.

All three are Saturday, February 22 (with the last running into the next morning).


First up, Race Revolutions’ Pedernales Trail Run takes participants through a large portion of Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026 just east of Johnson City. The course features the natural landscape with dips, rocks, and ledges.

Courses are 10 kilometers, 25 kilometers, and 50 kilometers. Entry fees are $55 to $95, depending on distance. Register online or on site, though registering online ahead of the event saves a few bucks. Day-of registration begins at 7 a.m.

The 50K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 25K at 8:50 a.m. and the 10K at 9:15 a.m.


Next is the Wicked Austin at Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 west of Burnet. This Green Beret Challenge has 15K and 5K options.

According to the challenge's creator, Mark Ballas, a former Special Forces Green Beret and Army Ranger, “We wanted to develop a race series that serves the pure trail racers as well as the obstacle course enthusiasts.”

The Wicked Austin takes advantage of the natural features of Reveille Peak Ranch, including hills and stream crossings. Green Beret additions include cargo nets and rope-assisted climbs.

Race registration is $65 for the 5K and $80 for the 15K.


Last, but not least, Tejas Trails has come up with a doozy of a race: the Spider Mountain Trail Run.

Runners will climb Spider Mountain, the big hill alongside Lake Buchanan that's home to Spider Mountain Bike Park, the first year-round chairlift-served bike park in the country.

The run is divided into 4-mile, 8-mile, 12-mile, six-hour, nine-hour, and 12-hour events — all at night. Starting at 7 p.m., runners will ascend then descend the mountain, depending on race. The chairlift will be available for one ride up, also depending on the race.

A shorter Youth and Family Run for kids 12 and younger and their parents begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pick up race packets at the park, 200 Greenwood Trails along Lake Buchanan west of Burnet, beginning at 4 p.m. that day.

Race registration is $55 to $115, depending on the event. The Youth and Family Run is only $5 for kids. For $20, they’ll also get a T-shirt.

Those taking the longer routes can run through the night with a course cut-off at about 7 a.m. Sunday, February 23.

Live music begins at about 9 p.m. Saturday, a nice accompaniment to an unusual run.

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