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Texas Switchback

Trail Race (4th Annual)
5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2
Where: Flat Creek Crossing Ranch 
When: 05 . 11 . 2019
How: Register
Why: Benefits BoMF

Beautiful yet challenging single track courses, friendly volunteers, live bluegrass music, Austin trailer food trucks, and local brew on hand, make a race experience you wont forget! 

Military Discount
Thank you for all you do! You risk your lives to make our lives and communities safer. We are happy to offer a 15% discount to Military, Police, EMS, and Fire. Please you the code "ThankYouMilitary" (case sensitive) When you register. 


Packet Pickup

 May 10th 12-7pm at Ready to Run Austin 
May 10th 4-7pm at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch Start/Finish 

May 11th 5-8am (Timing Chip Pick Up) at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch


Flat Creek Crossing Ranch
This private ranch is in between Dripping Springs and Johnson City just east of Pedernales State Park.

Plenty of primitive camping (some with fire rings and parking). No water or electricity. Small trailer (20ft) and tent camping is available near the start line field as well. Camping is $10/person. Trailers are $30. We will have a trailer parking area separate from the tent area. Pay Here

Contact the ranch directly for private cabin rental.

Friday Night Film + Dinner

We are offering a delicious pasta dinner and trail running film Friday night for anyone camping. Meals are $10/person. Please purchase your meal ahead of time, so we have enough food.

Directions (from Ulrich Rd)

Turn on onto Ulrich Rd. Head straight. You will pass the "Hotel" and a few cabins on both sides of the road. You will take your 3rd right. If you continue straight you will hit another ranch after crossing the cattle guard and will end up somewhere else. Once you take that right you stay on this road until you hit a "T" in the road. This is about 3/4 mile from Ulrich Rd. You can go either way at the T because it is a loop. A right is closer to the start line. During race day we will have people parked all the way past this intersection, so please make sure to park as tightly as possible to save your legs!

You will go about 1/4 mile and the start line will be in the field on the left. If you end up near the cave or the swimming hole at Flat Creek you just need to walk up the hill directly above the parking near the cave to get to the actual start. You likely won't be able to park here on race day, but you can on the course preview, trailer and tent camping,  and for packet pick up. 

Race Day

Race Start & Cutoff Times

Marathon: 6:00a
Half Marathon: 7:30a
10K 8:00a
5K: 9:00a
Course Closes at 2:00pm
Marathoners must be through the  half marathon/loop 1 by 10 am. Marathon Pace = 18 min/mile

Aid Stations


Aid Station 1 "Wild West" all races (except 5k) - 3.2 mile, (this is also where the 10k splits off from the 1/2 marathon loop) 

Aid Station 2 "Horse Spit"(half marathon and marathoners - mi 6.3 and mi 9

LOOP 2 (Marathon only)

Aid Station 1 "Wild West" -  mile 16.2

Aid Station 2 "Horse Spit" - mile 19.3 and mi 22

The 5K course will not have an aid station


No Pets

Sorry; no pets allowed.

We are cup-less
We won't have water cups out on the table. Please bring a handheld bottle. We have a variety of energy gels at each aid station. We will have water and Tailwind electrolyte drink as well.

All aid stations are near the road. However, you won't be able to drive up to the aid stations and may need to walk up to 1/4 mile from a parking area. 

Drop bags
Marathon drop bags can be left at the start/finish line area aid station.

Post-race & Awards

Free brew
Live music from Bottom Dollar String Band
Custom finisher awards by Southern Forge and Mill

Stick around after your race! Plenty of breakfast and lunch items available for purchase from our friends Over the Line BBQ Pit. Your park entrance includes yard games, swimming in the Pedernales River, and awesome rock climbing opportunities as well. All finishers of each race receive a finisher's medal!

Award Ceremony

Age Group Winners M/F
Overall top 3 
Masters (40-49) top 3
Above Masters (50 +) Top 3
Mother’s Day Award (#1 Mom in each race)




 We will be donating 10% of proceeds to Back on My Feet Austin.

BoMF is a running program for the homeless in Austin, TX. We love how much BoMF does to combat long term homelessness in Austin in around the country. You will probably see some BoMF members and volunteers at the race. Please reach out to them if you are interested in volunteering or joining their morning runs. They are always looking for good folks to run with. BoMF is meant to be “a vehicle to show individuals they are capable of accomplishing anything.” However, the exercise regimen also shows homeless runners that these accomplishments are “not going to happen overnight – it takes hard work, dedication and perseverance.”