Headwaters of the Frio Marathon / Half Marathon

Headwaters of the Frio Marathon / Half Marathon supporting Hill Country Youth Ranch
Hill Country Youth Ranch

About Headwaters of the Frio Marathon / Half Marathon

The Headwaters of the Frio Marathon / Half Marathon is a challenging run / walk event across the rugged and isolated terrain of one of the most stunningly beautiful ranches in the Texas hill country. This inaugural event, held during Child Abuse Prevention month, highlights the vital mission of Hill Country Youth Ranch and Big Springs Ranch for Children which work to bring healing and restoration to children who have been victims of horrific abuse, abandonment and neglect.

The difficulties and obstacles experienced on the course are a metaphor for the “marathon” our children face daily; while the beauty and tranquility of our 7,050 acre ranch will impact and lift your spirit as it does the children who call this place home.


Event Schedule​

Friday, April 6, 2018

5:00 – 9:00 PM, Packet Pick-Up at BSRC Gym (T-shirt, Bib, Map, etc.)

6:00 – 8:00 PM, BBQ Dinner at BSRC Campground (across river)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

6:00 – 7:00 AM, Late Arrival Packet Pick-Up at BSRC Gym

7:00 AM, Race Announcements at BSRC Gym

7:15 AM, Race Start at BSRC Gym

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Activities for participant families

6:15 PM, Race Finish

6:45 PM, Wrap Up Party (dinner and awards) at The Barn

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Optional Activities:

10:00 – 10:45 AM, Chapel Service at BSRC Chapel


Starts at:  April 6, 2018 5:00 PM
Ends at:  April 7, 2018 9:00 PM


Big Springs Ranch
10664 U.S. Highway 83 North
Leakey,TX 78873 USA


Bryce Gaudian

Are You One of the Special Few?

This is truly a special opportunity, and we’re looking for a special kind of participant! If you’re the kind of person who finds joy and fulfillment in physical challenges like full and half marathons, trail running or long distance hiking AND have a heart for worthy nonprofits like Hill Country Youth Ranch / Big Springs Ranch for Children, you’re just the unique kind of person we’re looking for! The event is limited to 150 total participants. We hope you can join us for this inaugural event!

Fundraising and Awards

This event is a fundraiser for the support of the Hill Country Youth Ranches with a minimum fundraising commitment per participant rather than charging a registration fee. For those with no significant fundraising experience, there will be lots of coaching tips and information to make your fundraising effective, engaging and fun!

The fundraising requirement for all marathon participants is $2,620 ($100 per mile) and $1,310 for half marathon participants. We highly encourage you to set your own stretch goal and we'll award special prizes for those who go above and beyond to raise $5,000+ and $10,000+.

In addition, there will be extra special prizes for the individual fundraising champion and the top fundraising team. Each participant will receive a high quality race T-shirt, and a hand-crafted commemorative medallion will be awarded to each marathon and half marathon course finisher. The race website will document each finisher’s time in each category.

Lots of Choices for Participation

You'll have 11 hours to complete the course and can choose from these categories of participation:

  • marathon runners
  • marathon hikers
  • half marathon runners
  • half marathon hikers

After signing up as an individual, you are welcome to form a team with a group of friends/co-workers if you want to run/walk the course with others and/or compete for the team fundraising prize.


About Hill Country Youth Ranches

Hill Country Youth Ranch is a non-profit charitable corporation licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide long-term therapeutic care for abused and orphaned children at all levels of trauma and need.

HCYR operates three campuses, all located northwest of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. All three campuses feature family-style homes, state-of-the art charter schools for grades K - 12, amazing recreational facilities, and spacious, beautiful grounds.

Taking an individualized approach, HCYR offers a broad continuum of services, including residential treatment for severely traumatized children, family care for those who have stabilized, transitional living for young adults, and life-long family-based support for alumni.

Thank you to our generous sponsors​

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Tim Campbell, Chief Development ​Officer, at tcampbell@youth-ranch.org.