Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 19, 2014
Now that I’m hooked on trail running, I keep finding more and more cool events to check out.
Take the Bigfoot Trail Race.
The Sept. 28 event is named for a Texas Ranger nicknamed Big Foot Wallace, who came to Texas from Kentucky after his brother was killed at the Battle of Goliad. He had exceptionally big feet (would that have made him a good trail runner?) and became a folk hero after battling bad guys on the Texas frontier. He claimed he once ate 27 eggs in one sitting, which makes me wonder if race organizers will serve eggs at the finish line.
The race, presented by Rogue Running, weaves through the Hill Country at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch, 339 Ulrich Road in Johnson City. You can choose from a 10K, a 30K or a 50K. It’ll be a staggered start, with the first wave starting at 7 a.m.
Also notable - the race benefits Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization I wrote about a couple of years ago that uses running as a way to help homeless people get jobs and regain their independence.
Entry fee is $55 for the 10K, $65 for the 30K or $75 for the 50K. Prices increase by $20 on Sept. 20. To register, go to http://www.austin.backonmyfeet.org/event/aus-bigfoot-trail-race.