Headwaters of the Frio Trail Marathon, Half, 12K, 5K

Registration and Fundraising

The Headwaters of the Frio Trail Marathon, Half, 12K, 5K is a fundraising event to support Hill Country Youth Ranch and Big Springs Ranch for Children which work to provide healing and restoration to children who have been traumatized through abuse, abandonment or neglect.

There is a $50 registration fee to indicate your commitment and help offset expenses (waived for previous participants). There is also a $250 minimum fundraising requirement for each participant.

What If I Don't Have Any Fundraising Experience?

For those with no significant fundraising experience, we've provided lots of coaching tips and information to make your fundraising engaging, fun and effective!  If you follow the advice offered, we believe the fundraising minimum is very attainable.  For more information see the "Fundraising Tips" section under the Fundraising menu tab. 

Where Does the Money Go?

The money raised through the event goes directly into our Children’s Fund, which is our all-purpose fund ensuring the provision of essentials for our children – food, clothing, housing, and transportation – plus the basic amenities of holiday celebrations, weekly allowances, birthdays, recreational activities, educational adventures, and a wide variety of life enrichment experiences.  With 110 children living with us at any given time, we need to raise $2,000,000 a year to supply these elements of a healthy childhood.  That’s $18,000 a year per child, and it includes all the support services and personnel that go with these basics.  About half of that amount is raised each year through operational grants, bequests, thrift store sales, and endowment income.  The other half must come from individual donations and special events like this.  It’s a tall climb each year, and we need your help to make it happen!


After registering as an individual, you have the option to start a team, or join an existing team. We encourage families, friends, co-workers, church groups, etc., to form teams and participate together. Please note that teams do not share a single fundraising goal; the team total is simply the combination of the various individual fundraising goals.


We encourage you to set your sight even higher than the minimum fundraising amount and join in some friendly competition to see how much you can raise! We have created a series of badges you can earn as you reach specific milestones. Everyone who meets the $250 minimum amount earns the Fundraising Champion badge and books their ticket to the event. At $500 raised, you earn the Fundraising Overachiever badge. Those who raise $1,000 raise earn the Fundraising Rockstar badge and at $2,500 you earn the highest badge; Fundraising Superhero! We are so grateful for those of you who press on to raise as much as possible! We will recognize all those who achieved each badge and give out extra special awards to our Rockstars and Superheroes. You can also earn badges and awards for promoting the event on social media and recruiting additional participants.


Each finisher will receive a hand-crafted commemorative medallion. 

Those posting the fastest times will receive top finisher medals. We will also document every finisher’s time in their respective category. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each event in the following age categories: 13-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60+