A smaller marathon and half-marathon event that’s been described as friendly and enjoyable by several runners who’ve participated in the past, the Davy Crockett Bear Chase Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K usually draws a field of a few hundred runners each year for all three races combined.
The course for the race unfolds along an out-and-back route from Groveton High School at 207 North Main Street in Groveton, Texas, and from there heads into the nearby Davy Crockett National Forest, whose 160,000 acres are home to plentiful wildlife and East Texas woodlands, streams and grasslands.
Marked by rolling hills and an overall elevation change of about 400 feet, the course starts on the high school’s track and field complex and takes runners on a combination of mostly paved roads mixed with short intervals of hard-packed gravel track at both the start and the half-way point.
Runners follow an almost entirely north-south route throughout the half marathon race, in town along Cemetery Road and Dial Road and then onto Highway 3158 for the long stretch northward into the forest, where runners reach the halfway point on County Road 501.
After the turnaround on 501, the field then runs back along the same course they’ve just run, all the way back to the finish line at the high school on West 4th Street.
Runners have a 7-hour time limit to complete the race, whether they’re running the half or the full 26.2-mile marathon (which is a double-loop out-and-back along the same course). There’s also a one-mile “Possum Walk” designed for kids and families, which is for runners and walkers and follows a half-mile course out to Possum Walk and back.
Last but certainly not least, the “Bear Chaise” run that gives the event its name starts “anytime,” organizers add, whenever spectators arrive to bring out their chairs and cheer on the runners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeast Texas, just over 100 north of Houston, the small town of Groveton generally enjoys mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring, and also usually sees its driest weather of the year in April.
On race day (April 8), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 78°F.
- 2015 Davy Crockett Bear Chase Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Davy Crockett Bear Chase Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Davy Crockett Bear Chase Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Davy Crockett Bear Chase Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Davy Crockett Bear Chase Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 7:30 AM – 5K
- 8:00 AM – Possum Walk
- $65 – $90 for the half marathon, full marathon
- $25 – $35 for the 5K
- $20 for the Bear Chase
- $15 for the Possum Walk
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Groveton’s Davy Crockett Bear Chase Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at SignMeUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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