FoGC Recharge 15K/8K Trail Run

2016 Recharge Run Recap
What a beautiful day for our third annual Recharge Run!  The week was a bit threatening with a few rain showers, but thankfully it didn’t upset the trails or the race.  We had 225 register for the race and just under 200 cross the finish helping the Friends group raise a record $6200 to help keep Government Canyon a beautiful place to hike, run and bike for generations to come!

This years overalls in the 15K race went to Mark Robert Noel, Overall Male with a time of 1:05:49 setting a new course record!  Overall Female went to Kitty Henricksen (for the second year in a row) with a time of 1:15:03.  Overall Male Master, Joshua Charles finished in 1:09:22, and Overall Female Masters went to Linda Suttner with a time of 1:27:50.

In the 8K race, Dale Londos took Overall Male with a time of 34:54, and Sofia Garcia was Overall Female with a time of 42:52.  Overall Male Masters with a time of 37:23 went to Shad Purcell, and Veronica Thaxton took Overall Female Masters with a time of 44:44.  Great job runners!  For a list of full results click the links below:


15K RACE PHOTOS (Paul Vanderheiden Photography)
15K AWARD PHOTOS (Paul Vanderheiden Photography)
8K AWARD PHOTOS (Paul Vanderheiden Photography)

FACEBOOK PHOTOS (Kimberly Aubuchon)

We’d like to give HUUUUUUUGE thanks to our volunteers and sponsors that helped make this race experience so special for everyone–we could NOT do this race without you!!  Thank you Thank you Thank you!  SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, November 4, 2017!

Please support our 2016 Recharge Run Sponsors!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:30am 15K
7:45am 8K

Come run where the dinosaurs once roamed–join us for our 4th annual fundraiser Recharge Run! Your entry fee includes two amazing well-marked courses stocked with water and electrolytes, a one-year membership to the Friends of Government Canyon (please note: this membership DOES NOT get you free entry into the Natural Area–check our membership page for more information), race shirt, delicious nutritious food/refreshments after the race, and cool schwag and coupons from our sponsors.

Due to possible impact of the natural area, the race is limited to the first 300 participants. In the event of rain/trail closures the race will be held on the roads of GCSNA.  Sign up today this race will sell out!

Entry Fees
15K $50
8K $40

Courses/Water Stations
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.
PLEASE NOTE: There is only one water stop at the half way point on each course.  It is very difficult to get equipment/supplies into the backcountry, so please plan accordingly and BRING water with you.

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).  Starting in 2017, everyone who crosses the finish line will get a very special handmade finishers award.

Packet Pick Up
Friday, November 3, 11am-7pm at TBD
Saturday, November 4, 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 click here

2015 Recharge Trail Run Recap
Our second Recharge Run is in the books!  We had to reschedule due to rain and trail closures to November 14th, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 215 runners who crossed the finish line or keep us from raising $4700!  Our 15K overall winners were Dave Andrews (1:08:11) and Kitty Henricksen (1:18:13).  15K Masters were Roger Lopez (1:12:00) and Lisa Keough (1:39:53).  Our 8K overall winners were Adam Soto (35:22) and Brandy Medina (40:03).  8K Masters were Dale Londos (35:37) and Iliana Pena (50:10).



We’d like to thank all of our generous volunteers and sponsors: NISD and Folks Middle School, REI, MBS Fitness, Uncommon Fare, Road ID, eDragon Productions, nuun, Kind, Keri Neff and Robert Parker Photography–we couldn’t do this race without you!  Save the date for November 5, 2016!

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 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.