FoGC Recharge 15K/8K Trail Run

NOVEMBER 7, 2015, 7:30am
Come and run where the dinosaurs once roamed and join us for our 2nd annual trail run fundraiser! Your entry fee includes a one-year membership to the Friends of Government Canyon, race t-shirt, a well-marked, well-supported course with well stocked aid stations. After the race enjoy delicious post-race food and refreshments!

The Recharge 15K/8K Trail Run benefits the FoGC, a 501 (c)3 organization that raises funds and provides volunteer services to help maintain, preserve, and protect Government Canyon State Natural Area (GCSNA).

Due to potential impact on the Natural Area, the race is limited to 300 total runners. In the event of rain the race will reschedule to the following Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Entry Fees
15K $50
8K $40
RACE DAY $60 (either race)


15K runs through the Backcountry trails. A challenging and scenic course with lots of hills and rocks.

8K runs through the Frontcountry trails. An easy to moderate course that is great for beginners and walkers.

For course maps click here

This race is chip timed. Top overall & masters awards in each race, along with age group awards 3-deep in 10 year increments (19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & above).

REI Trail Running Workshop 101
REI will offer a workshop on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6pm led by local trail guru’s Liza Howard (Ultra running champion), Niki Lake (GCSNA Park Interpreter and Ultra-runner), and Kimberly Aubuchon (Coach for SARR Off-RoadRunners Training Team). The workshop will give you all the info you need to get you ready to rock the trails! To register, click here or stop by REI to register in person.

Packet Pick Up
Friday, November 6, 11am-7pm at REI, 11745 IH-10 West, Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78230
Saturday, November 7, 6:15-7:15am onsite at GCSNA Picnic Pavilion

Race Location
Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX 78254

Race Day Parking
Runners MUST park at Folks Middle School located at 9855 Swayback Ranch Road approximately 1 mile from the natural area entrance ( MAP). Buses will shuttle runners to and from Government Canyon from 6:15am – 11:30am. You will be dropped off at the picnic pavilion near the Visitor’s Center where timing chips and race day packet pickup/registration is located. ONLY registered runners are able to ride the buses. Family and friends may park at the Canyon, but must pay the $6 entry fee. Parking is very limited at the natural area and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the start to get your chip and to the start line on time. (Those with a valid TPWD State Park Pass may park at the Canyon)

Camping Available
Spend the night or the entire weekend at the Canyon! Camping is available on a first come first served basis. To make a reservation visit here

2015 Recharge Run Sponsors

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2014 Recharge Trail Run Recap
Our first inaugural Recharge Trail Run was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated! It was a beautiful day, perfect for trail running. We had 187 folks register for the run, and 160 crossed the finish line. Our 15K Backcountry overalls were David Andrews (1:07:26) and Heather Welsch (1:11:54). 15K Masters went to Ty Tracy (1:12:44), and Heidi Smith (1:24:33). 8K Overall winners were Treye Denton (34:56), and Marissa Villareal (41:57). 8K Masters were Travis Frampton (41:11), and Jenny Mendoza (52:42). Congrats to all who finished the race!


We raised $3500 that will go back to educational and recreational programs, and will also assist with staff project needs and equipment to name a few. We’d like to thank our awesome volunteers and generous sponsors: MBS Fitness, Uncommon Fare, Fleet Feet Sports, NISD, RoadID, Robert Parker Photography, and eDragon Productions.