On October 1 at 7:30 a.m. runners will be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 3rd annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race is bigger and better than past stampedes and 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 our runners. All Sports Timing is conducting the race and race results will be available at www.allsportstiming.com or www.mychiptime.com.
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. You will also 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’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10 am to 5 pm and Friday, September 30, 10 am to 5 pm at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6am. Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6 am-7 am, but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Directions to the Museum are available at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
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 will be awarded. 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. You must enter the Museum’s parking lot from the back of the Target shopping center. The Stampede will be held rain 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.
Save money by registering early online at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org, where maps and race details are also available. For more information about registration options call the museum at 979-776-2195.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission fees are: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; 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, Bryan, Texas 77802.