Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Hosts The 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede

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The Half-Marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 7:40 a.m.Runners will stampede their way through Bryan/College Station on October 6 at 7:30 a.m. as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race introduces the first half-marathon. 

Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).  The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all runners. 

Register early at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org, where maps and race details are available. For more information about registration options call the museum at 979-776-2195.

Runners’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6:00 a.m.  Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6:00-7:00 a.m., but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

The Half-Marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 7:40 a.m.Runners will stampede their way through Bryan/College Station on October 6 at 7:30 a.m. as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race introduces the first half-marathon. 

Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).  The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all runners. 

Register early at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org, where maps and race details are available. For more information about registration options call the museum at 979-776-2195.

Runners’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6:00 a.m.  Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6:00-7:00 a.m., but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

The Half-Marathon course is gently rolling, scenic, relatively flat, fast, and takes you through open country and past neighborhoods and parks.  It has a downhill 2-mile finish, and offers runners a great chance for a personal record and a tune-up for marathons. The 5K follows the first 1.55 miles of the Half-Marathon course.  Courses are out and back and offer a safe route well marked by N-Line Traffic Management.

These beautiful courses and well organized runs come with water stops, porta johns, great running music provided by DJ Stevo, cool T-shirts for all, unique buffalo age group awards, and post-race refreshments.

Runners will have a chance to meet the celebrity starter and pose with the Bison mascot.  After the race, enjoy Boonville Days, Brazos County’s only living history fair of frontier skills demonstrations, re-enactors, art, and music.  Fun for the entire family, festive Boonville Days activities are inside and outside the Museum.  Runner’s registration includes free admission to the Museum.

Runners of all ages are welcomed, and trophies and medals for the top females and males in each age division ranging from 12 and under to 70 plus are offered.  Half marathon runners will receive finisher’s medals.  Overall male and female finishers will receive cash awards ($350 for Half-Marathon, $150 for 5K) as well as special buffalo sculpture trophies. 

First, second, and third place awards will be given in each 10-year age group. Age-group awards will be buffalo head trophies for first place and buffalo medallions for second and third places.  Age groups will be: 12 and under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70+.

On race day, the entrance to the Brazos Center from Briarcrest will be closed. Participants must enter the Museum’s parking lot from the back of the Target shopping center.  A map will be posted by September 30 on the Museum’s website.

The Stampede will be held raid or shine. However, if the races are cancelled due to dangerous weather, entry fees will not be refunded. No strollers, skateboards, bicycles, devices with wheels, or dogs will be allowed on the course with runners.

All Sports Timing is conducting the race and race results will be available at www.allsportstiming.com or www.mychiptime.com.  

Training runs will help beginners get ready for the half-marathon. The runs are on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. You can run slow or fast and gradually increase from 5-6 miles up to 11-12 miles. Please contact Dwight at hirsch@suddenlink.net for more information and to sign up.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students/children, and members and children 3 and under are free.  For more information about this exhibit and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195.

The Museum is located in the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.