2023 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 who 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 to offset expenses. There is also a $250 minimum fundraising requirement for each participant. Registration fees count towards your $250 minimum requirement.

What If I Don't Have Any Fundraising Experience?

For those with no previous 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 achievable.  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 contributions.  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!


You have the option to start a team, or join an existing team. We encourage families, friends, co-workers, church groups, workout 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. In order to keep team competition fair, teams are limited to a total of 10 individuals.


We encourage you to challenge yourself and set your sights 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 to earn as you reach specific milestones. When you reach your $250 minimum amount, you earn our Fundraising Champion badge and secure your spot in the event. At $500 raised, you earn our Fundraising Overachiever badge. Those who raise $1,000 earn the Fundraising Rockstar badge and at $2,500 you earn the highest badge; Fundraising Superhero! We are so grateful for everyone who presses on to raise as much as possible! Rockstars and Superheroes receive commemorative plaques recognizing your significant efforts to support our mission.


Special prizes will be awarded to the 3 highest individual fundraisers, the top 2 fundraising teams, the top recruiter, and the top social media promoter/ambassador. For more information see the "Top Individual and Team Fundraising Awards" section under the Fundraising menu tab. 

Top Finisher Medals

Those posting the fastest times will receive top finisher medals. We will 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: 14-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60+