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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Jeff Achee (972) 291-3900, Ext: 231 or jeffrey.achee@tpwd.texas.gov or Bryan Frazier (512) 826-8703 or bryan.frazier@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 6, 2013
Cedar Hill State Park to Host Adventure Race, 5k-15k Run
Unique Triathlon Format at DFW Area Park for Trail Run, Mountain Bike and Paddling Events
CEDAR HILL--Ordinarily, the miles of scenic hike and bike trails of the 1,500-acre Cedar Hill State Park are a welcome retreat for nature lovers seeking respite from surrounding urban sprawl. But this weekend, those same wooded paths along the shores of Joe Pool Reservoir in the southern DFW Metro area will play host to a series of running events, including a unique triathlon format of the Eco Lone Star Adventure Race series and the XTERRA Trail Run 5k and 15k.
Fitness and adventure enthusiasts can register as individuals or as a team for this USARA-sanctioned event up until race time, which is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 for the adventure race, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 for the 5k and 15k.
Saturday's Eco Lone Star Adventure Race has two options: a Sport Adventure race, which lasts 2-3 hours and covers 10-17 miles of mountain biking, 3-5 miles of trail running and 1-2 miles of paddling; or the Extreme Adventure race, a more challenging trek of 6-12 hours, with 20-30 miles of mountain biking, 8-12 miles of paddling, 10-15 miles of land and trail navigation, as well as additional mystery events and challenges.
Sunday's XTERRA Trail Run 5k and 15k are both scheduled for the park's bike trails, are subject to weather and trail conditions, and accumulate points for each the XTERRA Trail Run and Pure Austin Trail Running series.
"Cedar Hill State Park is a great location for adventure-type events," said Jeff Achee, ranger at Cedar Hill State Park. "Being in a major metropolitan area makes it convenient to get to, and our trail system and water access are conducive to hosting events that have multiple formats. We've already got about 100 people each for Saturday and Sunday's runs."
Advanced registration is encouraged, as participants will need to be familiar with equipment requirements, such as drinking water, life jackets and a compass, and all fees.
For registration and additional race information, visit http://www.terrafirmaracing.com.

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[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov;
Shelly Plante, TPWD, (512) 389-4500 or shelly.plante@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 6, 2013
Texas Birding Classic Spreading Its Wings This Spring
AUSTIN - Grab your binoculars and birding guides and get ready for fun at the 17th annual Great Texas Birding Classic. The registration deadline for year's event, which will feature a number of firsts, is April 1.
The Texas birding tournament, which has been a week-long event for 16 years along the Texas Gulf Coast, is going statewide and will last an entire month - from April 15 to May 15. The new format will allow participants to compete in more than one of the 42 categories and choose what days they wish to participate based on weather and personal schedules.
In addition to the traditional competitions, such as the Big Sit!, this year there will be nine regional Big Day tournaments, a Texas State Park tourney and Sunrise to Noon contest. Team fees have been lowered from previous years, as well, making participation easier and more economical than ever before.
"You'll now be able to participate from anywhere in Texas, including your own backyard," says Shelly Plante, tournament director. "Any birdwatcher from the backyard birder to those who may be more competitive is welcome to join the event. There's a tournament category for everyone."
Plante manages the nature tourism program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which oversees this friendly annual birding competition that raises funds for Texas conservation projects. Since the inception of the Great Texas Birding Classic in 1997, adult teams that recorded the most bird species in various categories have directed $789,500 in grants to avian habitat conservation.
If you're thinking of entering the birding competition, check out some helpful tips from previous years' tournament competitors. Learn how to mentor or chaperone youth birding teams, tips for teams doing a Big Day, strategy for taking on the Weeklong Tournament and suggestions for finding team sponsors to cover a team's registration fees.
Habitat conservation grants, which this year will be awarded to projects anywhere in Texas, are funded through event sponsorship and registration fees. This year's event sponsors include Toyota, as well as a new awards ceremony sponsor, Audubon Texas. To learn more about the tournament, visit: www.birdingclassic.org, or call (512) 389-4500.
To download a high-resolution video with information on this year's event as well as a look back at a winning team of teens called The Thrashers who competed in the first Great Texas Birding Classic in 1997, go to: http://tpwd.texas.gov/files/video/
To view the video report on YouTube, visit: http://youtu.be/_UPcCvY8UD4