Bandera is known for being a hard course. I was looking forward to finally getting to run on it. It is very hilly as you are climbing up and down the mountains all day. The trails are very rugged and does not receive the same amount of foot traffic that other trails get. There is a lot of loose rock and a lot of sotol cactus. The sotol cactus has grown over the trail so you are literally running through it. Be careful what you grab...the cactus has serrated like thorns on the end of the leaves. The RD had mentioned about the wildlife out there....snakes and wild pigs. I did not see any of that on the day I ran it. Maybe too cold or maybe too much foot traffic and they all went into hiding. The aid stations were fully stocked and run by ultra runners who have completed that course and distance in the past so they are truly able to help you with whatever you need. TEJAS Trails is known for putting on a very well organized and well marked race and they did a great job once again.