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5th Annual Run the Rail Half Marathon

October 10, 2020 @ 3:00 am - 12:00 pm

Each fall, the West Bowie County Rotary Club hosts a half-marathon fundraiser for the club. The date for this year’s race is October 10th, 2020. Participants may walk or run the entire course, or they may team up with two or four others to transverse half or a quarter of the course.

This race, our fifth annual, is being run from DeKalb, Texas, to New Boston, Texas, on the northeast terminus of the longest (130 miles) hike/bike trail in Texas. The Northeast Texas trail runs from Trailhead Pavilion in New Boston, Texas, to Farmersville, Texas. In the late 1990’s, two railroads, the Union Pacific and the Chaparral, decided to cease active service and “rail-banked” this stretch of rail bed making it available for non-motorized activities. A post-race celebration will take place at the finish line at the Trailhead Pavilion in New Boston.

The race begins on the west side of DeKalb, Texas. To facilitate the participants’ timely arrival, the Rotary Club will provide transportation to this location. You may park at Trailhead Park in New Boston, Tx and then ride the bus to DeKalb, Texas for the start of the race. Please arrive in New Boston at 7:00 AM. There will be two buses to transport participants at two different times. If you miss the first bus, you may take the second, but if you miss the second, you may need to provide your own transportation.

After the race, participants are invited to relax and visit at the Trailhead Park in New Boston, Texas. We serve a wonderful chicken-fajita meal with all of the fixins. Water, Gatorade, Ice Tea (Sweet and Unsweet) and Chocolate milk will be available to all runners so that they can replenish their nutrients at the race’s end. You will not want to miss this great time of relaxation and family fun!


October 10, 2020
3:00 am - 12:00 pm
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DeKalb TX
DeKalb, TX, TX 75559 United States + Google Map