Aderire Palo Duro Trail run
Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on July 4, 1934 and contains 29,182 acres of the scenic, northern most portion of the Palo Duro Canyon. The Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's constructed most of the buildings and roads still in use by park staff and visitors. The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. The largest, the Grand Canyon, is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 6,000 ft. deep. Palo Duro Canyon was formed by water erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. The water deepens the canyon by moving sediment downstream. Wind and water erosion gradually widen the canyon. Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed the canyon "Palo Duro" which is Spanish for "hard wood" in reference to the abundant mesquite and juniper trees.
The race was started by Red Spicer as a road race and has morphed into a beautiful trail run. The race takes place in mid- October when temperatures can vary from freezing at the start to over 100 degrees during the afternoon. The race takes place on mostly single track red dirt trails with a variety of rolling hills throughout the course. The views of the second largest canyon in the United States are stunning as the sun comes up and the canyon comes alive. The canyon has 60 miles of ravine with 800 ft cliffs and offers camp sites for those who want to experience more of it before or after the race. The Mesquite, Hackberry and Cottonwood trees offer green and yellow foliage, while the canyon itself is painted in red, brown, and white. The hoodoo rock formations are a wonder to look at as well. The course is a loop course, so you will see people most of the day and return to the start/finish.
Punti salienti del corso
The Palo Duro Canyon State Park holds one of the most scenic and gorgeous trails that a runner could ask for. The Givens, Spicer & Lowry Trail and many other trails in the area serve as a hotspot for running enthusiasts anxious to see deep and stunning canyons, creeks, and outstretched meadows painted with the colors of the southern desert. The race is especially attractive to those who enjoy long-distance running. The race has been held since 1980 and is one of the most popular (if not the most naturally stunning) running trails in the southwest.
Mappa del percorso
directions_runIndirizzo di partenza: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
flagFine Indirizzo: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
There are several camping areas within the Park which are available for overnight camping including some cabins. For reservations call 512-389-8900. Lodging also available at: Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Doves Rest Cabins.
After the race we offer beef and vegetarian burgers with all the fixings, including Red's famous grilled jalapenos.
The aid stations offer a variety of salty and sweet snacks such as chips, pretzels, potatoes and salt, M&M's, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and our famous "Date Nut Bars"! We also offer water, coke, Gatorade and other electrolyte drinks.
Awards are given to the top three overall and masters in each race with the 50K and finishers receiving a jacket with the Palo Duro logo.
Look for signs for designated drop bag area in Juniper.
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