Saturday, October 14, 2017 • Bryan, TX • Course Map
Set for its 9th annual running, the Brazos County Museum of Natural History’s Buffalo Stampede races return to the Bryan-College Station area after running its first two years as a 10-miler and 5K race, and sees roughly 300 runners cross the finish line in both races combined.
The half marathon route takes runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in the parking lot area of the museum, which draws more than 50,000 people each year to its fossil, artifact and art exhibits on landscape painting and on the ice age mammals and native American populations that once called this part of what is now Texas home.
Outside its doors, the museum’s Carter Creek Nature Trail lets visitors explore many of the plant and animal species native to this part of Texas.
Runners in the half and those running the 5K follow the same route as the half marathon for about the first 1.55 miles. There, runners reach the 5K turnaround and then head back to the museum for the 5K finish, while those running the half marathon continue on along Boonville Road/Farm to Market Road for the remainder of their course.
The race route follows what is roughly a U-shaped course, taking runners southeast along Boonville Road for the race’s longest straightaway stretch, between Bryan and College Station, perhaps best known as the home of Texas A&M University.
The course proceeds southeast all the way to Harvey Road, where runners turn right and head southwest along Harvey until they reach Copperfield Parkway, where they turn right again and head northwest.
This stretch of the race, as runners are nearing the mid-way point of the course, takes runners past Brazos County Park as they make their way along University Drive, which leads into the Texas A&M campus a few miles to the southwest.
Runners turn right and head north along the frontage road that runs parallel to the Earl Rudder Freeway (Highway 6), until they reach the half marathon turnaround point — here, they make the turn and head back along the exact route they’ve just covered, in reverse all the way back to the museum for the race finish line.
Race organizers describe the course as alternating between stretches with “gently rolling” hills as well as “fast and flat” stretches, and the final couple of miles unfold along an overall downhill descent into the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern Texas, roughly 90 miles northwest of Houston and about 170 miles south of Dallas, Bryan typically sees its second-wettest month of the year in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 29°F (in 1993) and as high as 98°F (in 1956).
On race day (Oct. 14), the average low is 60ºF and the average high is 83ºF.
- 2015 Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 5K
- $60 and up for the half marathon
- $25 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Bryan’s Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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