5
Overall Rating
5
Race Course
5
Race Organization
5
Race Value
Yes
Speedy Suggestion
Yes
Parking
Yes
Post Race Food & Beverage
Yes
Water Stations
Yes
Bathrooms
No
Transportation

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.

Top Tips: 
Where long leggings and long sleeve clothing options to protect your skin from the needles of the sotol cactus. Wear fabrics with spandex or stretch as opposed to cotton, so that as you are running through the cactus and the needles pull at you - the fabric stretches instead of tears.
Carol Tatom
Plano, Texas