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Bandera Trail Runs

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon - 100km

About Bandera Trail Runs

Tucked away in the rugged terrain southwest of Bandera is Hill Country State Natural Area, an undeveloped and secluded retreat. Approximately 40 miles of multi-use trails wind up grassy valleys, cross spring-fed streams, and climb steep limestone hills. Hill Country State Natural Area is located in Bandera and Medina Counties, 45 miles northwest of San Antonio. The 5369.8-acre site was acquired by gift and purchase in 1976 and was opened to the public in 1984. The bulk of the site was a donation from the Merrick Bar-O-Ranch with the stipulation that it "be kept far removed and untouched by modern civilization, where everything is preserved intact, yet put to a useful purpose. "The Hill Country State Natural Area is a scenic mosaic of rocky hills, flowing springs, oak groves, grasslands, and canyons. The terrain ranges from flat, broad creek bottoms to steep, rocky canyons up to 2000 feet in elevation and is home to the annual Bandera 100km race. 

The Bandera 100km race is an out and back race which begins and ends at the Lodge at the Hill Country State Natural Area. It is described as a trail of rugged and brutal beauty where everything cuts, stings or bites.

Distances

Hoka One One Bandera 100km

  • 100km

Hoka One One Bandera 50km

  • 50km

Hoka One One Bandera 25km

  • 25km

Practicalities

Accommodation

Camping is available at the start/finish area. The charge is $10.00 per vehicle per night. Lodging is also available at: West 1077 Guest Ranch, River Oak Inn and Hill Country Equestrian Lodge.

Aid Stations

The aid stations begin with all the basics: water, supplements, coke, salted items in pretzels and chips, sugars in candies, plus cookies, and pb&j sandwiches. Also, we usually find some fresh fruits such as oranges, bananas, and melons. Depending on the weather, we will put out cold stuff when it’s extra hot and hot stuff when it’s cold. After dark, we'll start up the stoves to start cooking soups, broths, hot drinks, grilled cheese, and such. Not all aid stations will have the same foods.

Award Medals

Belt buckles awarded for 100km finishers, with special buckles for sub-24 hour 100 milers. Top male and female finishers of the 100km earn an automatic entry for the Western States 100.

Equipment Storage

We will haul Drop Bags out to Cross Roads & Chapas. You can put anything you want at the start.

Maximum Time

24 Hrs

Parking

Parking available at start/finish.

Timing

Chip Timing

Start:

Lodge, Hill Country State Natural Area

Bandera,us

Highlights

Frontier Times Museum

Hill Country State Natural Area

Overview

 A 50km loop, repeated twice. Starts & finishes at the Lodge. First 5 miles are pretty rugged on into Nachos, including Big Nasty, Sky Island, and Ice Cream Hill. From Nachos through Chapas on to Cross Roads is all pretty tame. From Cross Roads back to Cross Roads again sports only the Sisters and they are not all that bad. The next section is relatively easy, until Lucky Peak, just before Last Chance. And the last 5mi to the Lodge include two more excellent climbs: Cairns Climb and Boyles Bump.


Bandera Trail Runs Trivia

Bandera calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World"

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.