Run the Rail Marathon & Half

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(Saturday, October 9)
7:30 am - 3:00 pm


1020 W Front St, De Kalb, TX 75559

Each fall, the West Bowie County Rotary Club hosts a marathon and half-marathon fundraiser for the club. The date for this year’s race is October 9th, 2021. Participants may walk or run the entire course of the half-marathon, or they may team up with two or four others to transverse half or a quarter of the course. The marathon course is run only and there is a time-limit of six hours.

This half-marathon race, our sixth annual, is being run from De Kalb, Texas, to New Boston, Texas. The marathon race, our first, is being run from Avery, Texas through De Kalb, Texas to finish in New Boston, Texas. These races are run on the northeast terminus of the longest (130 miles) hike/bike trail in Texas. The Northeast Texas trail runs from Trailhead Pavilion in New Boston, Texas, to Farmersville, Texas. In the late 1990’s, two railroads, the Union Pacific and the Chaparral, decided to cease active service and “rail-banked” this stretch of rail bed making it available for non-motorized activities.

A post-race celebration will take place at the finish line at the Trailhead Pavilion in New Boston.