January 16, 2016:
2016 Big Bend Ultra
Buena Suerte 50 Mile
Rock Dog 10K
The 2015 Big Bend Ultra event in Big Bend Ranch State Park on Sunday January 18th brought over 250 runners and outdoor enthusiasts to BBRSP for the inaugural running of 10K, 30K and 50 Mile trail events.
The event netted over $30,000 and after expenses generated a substantial donation to Big Bend Ranch State which will be used to improve infrastructure in alignment with the park’s identified priorities. Support from vendors and volunteers made a critical difference in our organization’s ability to offer what we hope will become an annual event that offers people from across the spectrum an opportunity to experience their version of how “Life’s Better Outside”, from serving up kudos and encouragement at aid stations and cheering finishers to experiencing the “burn” at mile 49+.
“ ‘To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.’ This statement is our mission and one aspect of this is to provide outdoor recreation opportunities. I think we accomplished this yesterday with having this event in the park, and attracting some people to the park who may or may not have otherwise come to our area. What a wonderful experience it was to be a part of this event yesterday. I truly believe that life is better outside, and we were able to live that yesterday and be a part of other’s experiences in the park. I asked one runner of the 50 mile race “If you could describe the event in one word, what would that be?” He said, “Amazing!” He went on to say that he was tired, sore and exhausted, but he loved it. This is just one of many compliments that we all heard while out on the course or at the Incident Command. Overall, it was a very positive turn out of runners and outcome of the event.”
Big Bend Ranch State Park-Sauceda