In the past we've heard it said that the Wimberley 4 was the 'best BIG, little town run in Texas'.  And that's our goal.  Little town heart, scenic Texas Hill Country and a big event feel make a truly special event.  We are family here. It's the Wimberley way. 

But just because we are a small town doesn't mean we don't know what it's like to orginize like the big guys. The WHS Texans Football team has twice been State Champions and WHS volleyball has 6 State titles under their belt.  We have heart, we have small town spirit but we also have access to some decent running event management experience (see below). 

The best part is... this is Wimberley and we all work together to make it a great place to live, to visit and to run!!

The W4 race director is Wimberley resident Carl Owens - who created and directed the W4 event in 2008 and the subsequent years it took place.  His event-related background goes way back starting with the very first endurance event he directed in 1986, the Texas Hill Country Triathlon (THCT).  The THCT took place for 10 years at Canyon Lake during the early days of the sport of triathlon.  During that time, the THCT grew into one of the largest and best known long course triathlons in the country (with over 1000 participants and 1800 volunteers) becoming a major qualifier for the Hawaii Ironman numerous times, a Long Course Triathlon National Championship with as many as 40 states, and a dozen countries represented at times. It saw some of the best triathletes in the world competing and was one of the first ever World Cup Triathlon Series events in the U.S. and was televised a couple of times.

Carl also created and directed the original Alamo 10,000 in San Antonio from 1993 to 1998 which was televised as ESPN's 'Race of the Month' in both 1997 and 1998. That event still holds the records for the fastest 10K male (28:07) and female (31:51) times ever run in Texas. 

Most recently, Carl has co-directed the Alamo Run Fest (Half Marathon, 10K & 5K) since 2013... the only running event that finishes inside the Alamodome as well as the only event to run through historic Fort Sam Houston since 9/11.  In addition, the Ultra Accessible Run, Walk & Roll 1K was added for those with or without physical or cognitive special needs.  Watching participants from the 1K event cross the Finish Line inside the Alamodome is inspirational and an experience you'll not forget.  That 7th edition of the Alamo Run Fest is scheduled for March 17, 2019.

Carl is also the owner of Long Term Solutions, located in Wimberley.

Great time to run!
Running in the fall is perfect in Wimberley. The cypress needles are fire orange and floating on the river.  Wimberley is busy with holiday shoppers and the Hill Country air to crsip and filled with the scent of cedar...