The 26th Annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run

July 4th, 2016

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Race Details and Information

Fee Schedule | Race Day Instructions | Course Map | Hotels | Awards | Packet Pick-Up | FAQ

Date:
July 4, 2016
Time:
7:00 AM
Start:
511 S. Whiting Street, Baytown Texas 77520 to plug into your GPS system.
Finish:
Wismer Distributing Co. (our Sponsor), Approximately 1/2 mile from start
Distance:
5 Miles
Course: The Baytown Heat Wave is run mostly on flat, concrete / asphalt-surfaced streets through the southwestern section of Baytown. The course encompasses Bicentennial Park, the City Hall Complex and residential areas of this section.

Entry Prices:
To be announced.

Race Start Time:
7:00 AM

Packet Pick-Up:
Click here for Packet Pick-Up Schedule and Group Pick-Up Form

Race Day Packet Pickup: 6:00 AM near the starting area on site

If you loose your bib, chip or you forget them at home there will be a $10 charge to reissue you a new bib or chip.

Race Time Limit:
Time limit for this race will be 90 minutes.

Official Runner's Guide

Race Day Intsructions:
Click here to download Race Day Instructions in PDF format

Official Runner's Guide in PDF format

Water Stations:
There will be aid stations approximately every mile along the race course. These will offer water and/or sponges/towels, and/or water hoses. Medical aid will be available at the finish line and a sag wagon will monitor the race.

Sponges/Towels:
Sponges or towels will be available before the water station starting at mile two.

Course Map (PDF) updated for 2014

Parking Map (PDF)

Parking Directions:
Use address 511 S. Whiting Street, Baytown Texas 77520 to plug into your GPS system.
Avoid driving on Lee Dr. , Market St., and Decker Dr. as these streets will be closed before the race.

FROM THE BEAUMONT AREA

Take I-10 West to 146 South (exit #798). Once exited, turn left onto TX 146S for approximately 9 miles and exit the W. Main Street Exit. Turn left onto W. Main Street going under the overpass and through the light at Lee Drive. Once passed Lee Drive, take a left onto S. Pruett Street (small convenient shop on corner). Follow S. Pruett street over the railroad tracks. Once you pass the railroad tracks, take a left on the 2nd street named W. Republic. This street leads to Lee College Parking Lots 10 and 11 (designated runner parking).

FROM THE HOUSTON AREA

Take I-10 East to the SPUR 330 BAYTOWN EXIT (#788). Continue on Spur 330 to 146 S (LaPorte). Once on 146S, exit the W. Main Street Exit. Turn left onto W. Main Street going under the overpass and through the light at Lee Drive. Once passed Lee Drive, take a left onto S. Pruett Street (small convenient shop on corner). Follow S. Pruett street over the railroad tracks. Once you pass the railroad tracks, take a left on the 2nd street named W. Republic. This street leads to Lee College Parking Lots 10 and 11 (designated runner parking).

FROM THE FRED HARTMAN BRIDGE LA PORTE OR 225

Take 146N over the Fred Hartman bridge. Once over the Fred Hartman Bridge, exit the W. Main/Missouri Street Exit. Pass through the first light (Missouri Street) to W. Main. Turn right onto W. Main Street through the light on Lee Drive. Once passed Lee Drive, take a left onto S. Pruett Street (small convenient shop on corner). Follow S. Pruett street over the railroad tracks. Once you pass the railroad tracks, take a left on the 2nd street named W. Republic. This street leads to Lee College Parking Lots 10 and 11 (designated runner parking).

Accommodations:
Selection of local places to stay: Baytown Tourism list of hotels.

Sausage Eating Contest: (updated for 2015!):
Click here to download the Official Contest Rules in PDF format.
NOTE: The contest will start immediately after the awards are given.

There will be a total of nine (9) participants, if the previous year's defending champion enters the race, finishes and chooses to be in the contest. Otherwise, there will be up to eight (8) contestants, all of whom will have to have finished the race.

Four of the eight seats will go to the running club or training groups who register the most participants - by entering their club name in the "Optional Question: Club?" - by the time online registration closes on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

If a registrant enters more than one club in this field, the one listed first is what counts towards a club's automatic seat in the Sausage Eating Contest.

If the field is left blank during registration, RAS will receive additions via info@budheatwave.org up until online registration closes. Otherwise, records will not be modified.

The remaining four spots will be first come, first serve. E-mail info@budheatwave.org to enter. (You may enter race day if there are any spots available.)

Awards:

Special Award: Best 4th of July-themed Dress Award, Male, Female, and Couples!

Cash prizes:
Top Overall Male and Female - $125
Second Overall Male and Female - $75
Third Overall Male and Female - $50
Top Overall Masters Male and Female - $50
First Three (3) Males and Females in the following age groups will each receive a special commemorative award:
1st - 3rd Place Male and Female
14 and under
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85-89
90-94

Awards will be handed out the day of the race only. No awards will be mailed.

If there is an unforeseen circumstance that prevents awards from being picked up on race day, awards may be picked up at a designated location, usually one of the packet pick-up locations. Check with us after the race via Contact form.

Overall and Masters winners (top male and female) will be based on gun time.  Age group awards for top males and females will be based on chip time. No double-dipping.

No Duplication of Awards

All proceeds go to charity after race expenses have been covered.

Do not run this race if you are unprepared. The combined heat and humidity on the 4th of July in Baytown makes the Baytown Bud Heat Wave a very strenuous and taxing race. Entrants should only seek participation in this event if they are well conditioned and cautious in their race strategy.

No runner under the age of 12 may participate unless accompanied by an adult.

Our Post-Race Party Rocks, and So Do Our Sponsors!
Bud beer
M. L. Wismer Distributing
Watermelon
City of Baytown
VisitBaytown.Com
Premier Sports Chriopractic
Awards & Engraving
On the Run
White Water Bar BQ
Sausage on a Stick
Ditta Meat