On Wednesday night (August 7th), the Sunstroke Summer Stampede series will end its 10-year-run of low-cost, low-key summer 5-K races.
The final race will begin at 7 p.m. at Brush Creek Regional Trail in Williamson County.
Mr. Marathon—Frank Livaudais—began putting on the Summer Stampede in 2004 as a way to continue racing in the doldrums of summer when there are few races on the calendar.
Wednesday night’s race will mark the 120th and final one. For years, the Stampede alternated between the Butler Trail along Lady Bird Lake and Brushy Creek, but recently all the races have been on the Brushy Creek Trail.
You never know who will show up for the Stampede, other than Leslie Barclay will be there for it. Barclay has run every one of the Stampede 5-Ks and will certainly be there on Wednesday for the final one.
“Ten years is a long time for any race,” says Barclay, a veteran marathoner. “But it’s time for the Stampede to move on.”
And a nice run it’s been.