2020 Big Bend Ultra
Big Bend Ultra Run Brings Hundreds of People and Thousands of Dollars to State Park and Region
Hardy runners and spectators at the 6th Big Bend Ultra race broke registration records while making a major contribution to the Big Bend Ranch State Park complex. The event last Sunday pitted 336 runners against the rugged park trails up Fresno Canyon from the Barton Warnock Visitor’s Center in Lajitas.
The Ultra is organized and run by the Compadres del Rancho Grande (CDRG), the park’s non-profit friends group, and Overland Race Management, a leading organizer of running events in Texas. In total, the premier running event has contributed more than $90,000 to the state park.
The event has five distances - 50 mile, 50k, 30k, 20k and 10k - to provide a broad field of participation for different skill levels. The elite 50-mile run attracted 15 runners, and was won by Lauren D’Amato, from Big Bend National Park, who completed the course in 8:02:52 hours.
Other overall winners are:
The dawn to dark event is a major logistical challenge that engages more than 50 CDRG volunteers in organizing and conducting the race. From start to finish, Compadre volunteers kept a close watch on runner safety from strategically located aid stations, and a squad of skilled mountain bikers. Volunteer duties also included HAM radio operators for communications across the remote course, food service for the runners, and many other tasks from the starting line to the finish.