San Antonio Road & Trail Race Series Guide
Run Fact! San Antonio enjoys the status of one of the most haunted cities in Texas. Spooky highlights include the Menger Hotel, right next to the Alamo, and the nearby Emily Morgan Hotel, rated the third most haunted hotel in the world. Does this scare San Antonio's runners? Heck no! This intrepid lot embraces local race series over road & trail, and are more likely to enjoy a robust post-race local beer than to worry about ghosts.
Here's our RunGuides picks for San Antonio's best road & trail race series for 2017.
Road Race Series
Organizers of the Alamo Beer Marathon Challenge series aim to motivate local runners to finish the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll marathon. The strategy is to have fun in the process, with food and great local beer after each race. The series features a range of race distances in preparation to tackle the full or half marathon.
Number of runs in the series: 4
What are the races?
- Remember the Alamo Beer 5K & 10K
- Battle of Salado Creek 8K & 15K
- Battle of Hillotes Half Marathon & 10K
- Battle of Leon Creek 20K & 20 miles and 5K
Total distance if you run all the events: 28 - 78.1 km (17.4 - 48.5 miles)
If I run all the events, how many guilt-free donuts does that justify?
You can metabolize four donuts with confidence, and indeed if you run the 20-mile distance at the final event, bump it up to a half dozen.
Do you get anything cool for completing every race in the series?
Finish all four races and earn a special series medal, in addition to the individual medals for each individual event.
Trail Race Series
This Texas-size trail race series is so darn big it's broken into two series, Spring and Fall. While the runs happen all over the great state of Texas, many are within a stone's throw of San Antonio, benefiting form it's central location. The series is intended to expand the trail racing community, bringing fun and camaraderie wherever the races are staged.
Number of runs in the series: 18
What are the races?
- Bandera 25k
- Goodwater Marathon
- Arcadia Bay 4hour/2hour
- Piney Woods 20M/10M/5k
- Rocky Racoon 100M
- Rocky 50M
- Cross Timbers 42k/21k/5M
- Saddle Blazer 42k/21k/10k
- Tinajas 21k
- Grasslands 42k/21k
- Hell's Hills 25k/10k
- Possum Kingdom 17M/8M
- Toughest N'Texas 10M/10M/5M
- Pandora's Box of Rox 42k/21k/8M
- Whispering Pines 22M/11M/7k
- Texas Switchback 42k/21k/10k
- TX Trail Run Festival 42k/21k/10k/5k
- CK Pedernales Falls 30k/10k
Total distance if you run all the events: 762 km (473.5 miles)
Let's talk guilt-free donuts. You've run the entire series, how many can you eat?
Two dozen donuts, chase with a half-gallon of french roast coffee.
Do you get any amazing swag for running the entire series?
You become eligible to save a small fortune in entry fee discounts. The top club gets a cooler full of cold beer!
So you've trail raced the Spring series near San Antonio, and into the nooks and crannies of Texas. Now you're ready to continue the fun and adventure! Here's the Texas Trail Running Championship Fall Series.
Number of runs in the series: 17
What are the races?
- CK Muleshoe 30K/10K
- CK Colorado Bend 30K/10K
- CK Reveille Peak Ranch 30K/10K
- Lighthouse Hill Ranch 20M/10M
- Paleface Marathon/Half Marathon/5K
- Sky Island 25K
- Rough Creek Marathon/Half Marathon/10K
- J & J Race and Running Reunion 25K/10K
- Rawhide Marathon/Half Marathon/10K
- Palo Duro 20K
- Cactus Rose 100M/50M/Relay
- Big Cedar Half Marathon
- Wonderland Marathon/Half Marathon/10K
- Rockledge Rumble 30K/15K
- Wild Hare 25K/10K
- Isle du Bois 36K/18K/5M
- The Circus 30K/10K
Total distance if you run all the events: 664.1 km (412.7 miles) + Fossil Valley timed run
Assuming you run the entire series, how many donuts do your earn for your efforts?
You are now a trail running diety, you may eat donuts until your belly is full every day for a week!
Do you get anything awesome for running the entire series?
Everyone gets the aformementioned race fee discounts, as well as new friends and serious bragging rights.
Did we miss an important series? Let us know through the comments below! Or, if you’re looking for more races, check out the full RunGuides calendar of San Antonio runs.
Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides. He is afraid of beer but loves ghosts.