Friday, December 5, 2014

LST-P2PFA



Lone Star Trail Point-to-Point FatAss
35M/75M/96.5M
March 14-15, 2013
Pi Day!
3.1415 9:26:53



 

Welcome to the first ever Lone Star Trail Point to Point (LST P2P) Fat Ass Run & Hike 35M/75M/96.5M on the Lone Star Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest, one hour north of Houston, Texas. Fat Ass means ‘no fees, no awards, no whining, no cups, minimal support and pure trail enjoyment’

Want to learn more about the Lone Star Trail (LST)? Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the Lone Star Trail Hiking Club (formed on National Trails Day, 1995), has the best information. Don't hesitate to join and take advantage of all their great resources! We will be using their maps for this event. http://lonestartrail.org/
Start:
·         6AM Start (sunrise  ~6:30am) on Saturday, March 14th 2015 at Trail Head #1 Richards https://goo.gl/maps/PYB3u
 
Time Limit:
·         Minimal support goes away after 30 hours, at 12PM Sunday, March 15th
 
Entry:
·         35M distance – no limit; should have ultra and/or long distance hiking experience

·         75M and 96.5M distances - Limited to 30 participants with ultra and/or long distance hiking experience

**Submitting your entry through UltraSignup does not guarantee entry into the fat ass**
·         Disorganizers will review entries and post the final list of participants by Sunday, February 1st


·         There will be no wait list

·         We reserve the right to reject any entry

Format:  Self Supported!!
·         No volunteers throughout the run,  but hopefully a couple at the 35M/75M/96.5M

·         We provide no food

·         We will provide water, ice and sign-in at noted Trail Head locations (see list of locations)

·         Participants must have a crew

·         Crew can assist from any trailhead location

·         Crews may not give runner a ride to the next trail head

·         You must sign a waiver and take care of yourself!

Course:
The Lone Star Trail is ~96.5 miles long and this is a point to point course
http://lonestartrail.org/maps/LSHTparking.pdf
·         Start at Parking Lot #1 (Richards)

·         35M finish at Parking Lot #7 (Huntsville)

·         75M finish at Double Lake Recreation Area (1.2 miles past Parking Lot #11)

·         96.5M finish at Parking Lot #15 (Winters Bayou)


The trail is single track covered in soft pine needles but with lots of roots. It’s slightly rolling and sometimes very flat. There are low lying areas, so expect to get your feet wet sooner or later. There are a couple of river crossings and a lot of stream crossings. There are 16 miles of concrete/dirt road total, all within the first 68 miles. Be aware of traffic and the possibility of loose dogs on road sections. Wild animals live in the forest; you may see deer, armadillos, wild pigs, snakes, etc.

Aid Stations/Trail Head Locations:
Water/ice supplied by disorganizers at noted locations (see chart). Crews can support you from any trail head location
·        Trail Head #1 (Richards) @ Start https://goo.gl/maps/PYB3u

·        TH #3 (N. Wilderness) @ 8.7M https://goo.gl/maps/qljuW

·        TH #6 (S. Stubblefield) @ 15.8M (water and ice + sign-in) https://goo.gl/maps/86Kqj

·         Stubblefield Campground @ ~19.6M https://goo.gl/maps/4OW00

·         LST/Bath Rd  Intersection @ ~26.4M - http://goo.gl/maps/3iEmC

·         TH #7 (Huntsville) @ 35M Finish  (water/ice + sign-in) https://goo.gl/maps/xHYg9

·         TH #8 (Four Notch) @ 45M (water/ice) https://goo.gl/maps/7nCZx

·         FS 200 Intersection @ ~51.4M https://goo.gl/maps/XsJ0v

·        TH #9 (Big Woods) @ 62.8M https://goo.gl/maps/BdV5R

·        TH #10 (Magnolia) @ ~67.7M (water/ice) https://goo.gl/maps/W3PTO
·           Double Lake CG @ 75M Finish (water /ice and PI + sign-in)https://goo.gl/maps/HW3vt

·        TH #13 (Tarkington) @ ~82.8M https://goo.gl/maps/H37zs

·        TH #14 (Mercy Fire Tower) @ 91.2M https://goo.gl/maps/SGbBy

·        TH #15 (Winters Bayou) @ 96.5M Finish (water/ice + sign-out!) https://goo.gl/maps/CiSEi



Cut-Offs:
·         TH #7 (Huntsville) @ 35Mà 6:00PM Saturday (12hrs at ~20:30 min/mile pace)

·         Double Lake Campground @ 75M à6:00AM Sunday (24hrs at ~19:20  min/mile pace)

·         TH #15 (Winters Bayou) @ 96.5Mà 12pm Sunday (30hrs @ ~ 18:40 min/mile pace)

Dropping:
·         You can drop from any location
 
·         This is a Fat Ass & you are responsible for yourself; we will not come looking for you
 
·         That said…courtesy goes a long way, let the disorganizers know that you are done!
 
·         Entrant will cover any costs associated with any 911 search and rescue in the LST instigated on their behalf – I have never known of this happening…don’t be the first!

Participant’s Kit:
·         If we must tell you what to carry, then you should NOT be doing this event

·         Use your experience and common sense to get your equipment and crew together


Logistics:

Camping is available at Double Lake Recreation Area (DLRA)

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Double_Lake_Recreation_Area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70845

Double Lake Recreation Area (DLRA) will be ‘home base’ and also the finish for the 75 mile distance.

You can leave your cars here for the duration of this event. If you choose not to camp, be aware that there is a $5 day use fee per individual.

Runners will make their own way to the start location. You MUST have a crew to either drop you off at the start or pick you up at the finish.
**We will not supply any Transportation**
·        Start Location @ 6AM: http://goo.gl/maps/XtO3s ; ~45 min drive from DLRA

·        35 mile finishers Location; cut-off @ 6PM Saturday:  http://goo.gl/maps/0ZjPi (directions to/from DLRA)
·        96.5 Mile finishers Location; cut-off @ 12PM Sunday  http://goo.gl/maps/Ph24L  (directions to/from DLRA)

Drop Bags:
·         If we must tell you what to put in your drop bags you should NOT be doing this event

·         This is a self-supported run and drop bags are your responsibility

·         Crews are allowed at all trail head locations and can assist with food and aid

Crews:
·       Can meet their runners at any trail head location along the Lone Star Trail http://lonestartrail.org/parking.html

·       Maps and driving directions can be found on the Lone Star Trail Hiking Club website
http://lonestartrail.org/maps.html

Pacers:
·         Allowed from any of the trail head locations at any mileage

·         Pacers must sign a participation waiver

Course Markings:
·         The LST is marked with silver flares on trees. Only follow the silver flares!

·         It’s always prudent to carry a map with you. You can download MAPRIKA to refer to existing maps of the LST
**If you run for more than a minute or two without seeing a flare you are off course. Don’t panic. Trace back your route until you find a silver flare and get on the correct trail**

Bathrooms:
·         Real bathrooms only at Stubblefield Campground and Double Lake Recreation Area

·         Please leave no trace while in the woods

Safety/Medical:
·         You are responsible for your own safety and medical needs

·        Your crew will have access to all the trail heads and can follow your progress. You figure out how to communicate with them between trail heads

·        Installing MAPRIKA on your cell phone for map reference is a good idea

·        The only way out of the LST in case of an emergency is by calling 911 (the county sheriff’s office, closest volunteer fire department and the forest service will all be notified by your call)

·         You are responsible for costs associated with any 911 search and rescue activities initiated by yourself or on your behalf

Trash:
·         Please leave no trace and do not litter

·         Pack it in, pack it out

Questions:
·         Contact the disorganizer at h_t_rex@yahoo.com

Volunteer Needs:  Please follow this link to volunteer -https://ultrasignup.com/volunteer.aspx?dtid=17916
·         Sweeps 

·         Water/Ice Haulers

·         Mile 35 (Saturday evening)

·         Mile 75 (Sunday morning)

·         Mile 96.5 (Sunday afternoon)


 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 14, 2014

USAT(rex)F


After much coaxing from friends, HTRex took the plunge and registered as a USATF Gulf Region club just in time for the 2015 Texas Trail Championship Series
There are age group awards and a long list of event and distances to pick from, all here in Texas!

The USATF provides $3,000 in prize money to the Texas Trail Championship Series and you can pick between the Ultra Trail Race Series (for those of us who like to go long) and the Trail Race series (for the less stupid among us).

Another award is the infamous (yes, that VERY famous)
Club award. What is it?
 
A Yeti cooler full of beer.  Each year, the current Club who holds the Yeti must return it, full of beer, to present to the next year’s winner.  There is a club division for both Ultra Series and Trail Series runners.

Looks like the San Antonio Rock Hoppers are in the lead to win back the same cooler from last year. I wonder what type of beer the cooler will be filled with when we win it??  Better not be that Michelob Ultra crap.
How do I register, you ask?
Sign-up for your USATF membership
here.
If you register now, your membership is valid through Dec 31, 2015
Make sure to enter Houston Trail Runners Extreme (HTRex) as your USATF registered club.
Club #
65-6156
If you are already a member and need to update your club affiliation check out this link.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward

 
 
First off, a big thanks to everyone who volunteered at Little Rocky last weekend.  A fun time was had by all!  Well, maybe not Dino.  But pretty much everyone else.
 
 
 
 
Next, a quick reminder that the LST P2P Super FatAss Planning Meeting is today at 2:00 - Petrol Station - 985 Wakefield Dr. Come for the planning, stay for the beer...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Little Rocky Call For Volunteers

 
 
HTRex will be manning Aid Station #3 for the Rocky Raccoon 10K/25K/50K on Saturday, November 1st.
 
WHAT:

This is a fun and rewarding experience that you can share with your family by bringing them along too. While you are running the event your family can help out at the Aid Station and see you during the event.
WHEN: 

Volunteers are needed for the following shifts on Saturday, November 1st:

7:30am – 11am (~5 volunteers)
11am – 3pm (~4 volunteers)
 
WHERE:

Aid Station #3 is located at the Trail Head parking lot next to campsite #142 in the Prairie Branch Camping Area. (see map).
 
Volunteers will receive a unique Rocky Raccoon 25K/50K Trail Run t-shirt!

Please reply to Mariela at mvbotella@sbcglobal.net
 
LINKS:

Rocky Racoon 10K/25K/50K:  http://trail-race.com/stone/rocky_raccoon/
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

LST P2P Fat Ass - March 14-15, 2015



WHAT:  A point-to-point fat ass style run along the Lone Star Trail

HOW FAR:  Dunno.  Likely multiple options approaching the 100-mile distance.

WHY:  Because we're not very smart.

WHEN:  March 14-15, 2015

WHERE:  The scenic LST.  http://lonestartrail.org/

MAP:  Specific route TBD.  Generally:  http://lonestartrail.org/maps/LSHTparking.pdf 

Planning meeting (i.e., excuse to drink) information to come...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fat Results and Pics

Results of this year's sweatastic FatAss in da Ho can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ap9zg2jwlo3pklk/072614_FatA%24%24_Results.xlsx 

Congratulations to all survivors. 

A few photos (for a little flavor):

And we're off.

She's the one you should blame.
Why did I think this was a good idea?

 
The only true recovery drink.
You can't beat Roger; you can only hope to contain him.

How the other half lives.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hot, Sweaty, and Morbidly Obese



(Artist's rendering of actual asses you will see on the trails. Promise.)
 
FatAsstic Challenge in the Ho 6hr Trail Run &
 
Walk (& Stagger)

Ready for a little heat training (and abject misery)?  Yes, you say?  Well, we have the event for you!

Runners will have a choice of running as little or as much as they want, up to 6 hours and will travel through the hot, humid, denuded, pestilent Ho Chi Minh Trails of Memorial Park (or what remains of it).
Note: We will be holding a much cooler version of this adventure in the Fall.

·        This is a Fat Ass event. There will be no fees, no swag, no t-shirts and no whining!

·        This is a cupless event. Meaning that we will not supply . . . cups.  You will have to supply your own drinking vessel if you wish to consume beverages from the Aid Station (might I suggest a goblet, or a chalice [that would be so cool, BTW]).

·        Share the trail with cyclists and pedestrians. You will not be the only one out there.

Timing: Run starts at 9:00AM, Saturday July 26th.
There will be a cut-off at 2:15PM to start a final loop.  If you haven’t started a loop by then (or collapsed from heat stroke) we can’t promise there will be any ‘refreshments’ or people around when you get back.

Directions: Run will start by the Rugby Pitch. Park in the Rugby Pitch parking lot.
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=113922416191517414722.00048a31212d2dbbde364&t=h&z=15

Trail:  ~5 mile loops. See map. Print map. Carry map. Make map sweat proof.
Course will be run clock-wise but, if you start feeling adventurous (or a little woozy), you can run the other direction too.  That's called "living on the edge."
 

Aid Station (AS): Start/Finish aid station will be supplied with water, Gatorade and ice. Your car will be parked close to the AS so we suggest you bring what you want and use your car as your drop bag.  Or a drop car.  Or maybe just a place to drop! 
We also suggest you arrive early for primo parking spots!  Because if the 6 hours running in the heat don't wreck you, the extra 50 yards to your car will.
We HIGHLY suggest you carry a water vessel while out on the trail (stein?  growler?)!

Time Keeping: There will be a note pad, pen and perhaps (if we are lucky) a sucker . . . er, volunteer with a highly calibrated watch. HIGHLY calibrated. At the end of each loop, write your split time onto the notebook. If you forget . . . tough sh-t (hey, that rhymes!). Catch the split the next time around, heck . . . you’ll be out there for 6 hours (unless you're smart).
Please, no sweating on the notepad. That would be such bad form.


Results: Will be posted on the HTRex Blog when Miles gets around to it (which is to say no time soon).

Post Run: Stick around, sit down, pass out, cool down (fat chance) and have some refreshments with your fellow participants. Bring a chair and one to share!