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Half Marathon and 5K

Half Marathon and 5K of Clark Gardens

Next Event Date: October 1, 2016


See ALL the 2015 Half Marathon/5K Results!

2015 5K Winners

  • Female Overall Winner- Cathy Buchanan
  • Male Overall Winner- Darian Crawford
  • Female Masters Winner- Shannon Cavness
  • Male Masters Winner- Adrian Benavides

2015 Half Marathon Winners

  • Female Overall Winner- Bonita Jeter
  • Male Overall Winner- Mark Mahon
  • Female Masters Winner- Bobbie Fawcett
  • Male Masters Winner- Matt Sargood

Clark Gardens Half Marathon/5K is presented by Crazy Water.

For more information about the Clark Gardens half marathon/5K contact:

  • Clark Gardens, Lauren Wright,
  • Race Director, Janiel Werner,

The run starts and finishes in Clark Gardens. The race is on paved paths winding through beautiful tree lined paths both in Clark Gardens and on the Rails to Trails.

This event will happen rain or shine.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

6:30 AM: Gates Open
8:00 AM: Half Marathon
8:30 AM: 5K Run/Walk
10:30 AM: Awards Ceremony

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What makes our race different?

The Clark Gardens Half Marathon/5K is not your typical race. Simply said, Clark Gardens connects people with nature. Our Half Marathon/5K gives participants that experience.

The Clark Gardens mission is, "To inspire and demonstrate the many rich horticulture and nature-based possibilities of North Texas to tourists and residents alike." We strive to incorporate our mission into the race. The runners experience the North Central Texas Hill Country of Mineral Wells, Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Garner area. The race starts at Clark Gardens where runners enjoy rich fall colors. Lake Mineral Wells State Park Rails to Trails offers a peaceful and scenic run. Once off the trail, runners run along a paved country road with minimal traffic. Between mile 10 and 11 runners run through The National Vietnam War Museum which offers a glimpse of history where runners may take a moment to remember the fallen at the replica of the Memorial Wall from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Mile 12 brings runners back to the garden and the finish line!

The presenting sponsor of this year's race is Crazy Water Bottling Co. As the only mineral water bottled in Texas (and literally 5 miles from the garden), Crazy Water boasts loads of benefits that other bottled waters can't. The water provides naturally occurring minerals which are more readily absorbed by your body than synthetic minerals. Crazy Water can't be beat for rehydration and recovery.

Our finisher medals and awards are eco-friendly. 2014 finishers' medals were made from trees grown in Clark Gardens and age category awards were tree saplings for runners to plant in their own gardens or donate to a park or school.

The Clark Gardens Half Marathon/5K also strives to be the best small race in Texas. We limit our half marathon to 200 registrants allowing runners to set their own pace and not be encumbered by a crowd. It's the perfect opportunity to set a personal record!

If you love running in nature you will love the 2015 Clark Gardens Half Marathon and 5K!


Half Marathon Awards

  • Cash prizes and hand-crafted trophies for:
    • Overall male/female
    • Overall master male/female
  • Awards for the following age categories:
    • 15-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70 +
  • Finisher's medal, t-shirt and Red Pepper Party ticket for each participant.
  • Half marathon registration is capped at 200 runners!

5K Run/Walk Awards

  • Hand-crafted trophies for:
    • Overall male/female
    • Overall master male/female
  • Awards for the following age categories:
    • 14 and under
    • 15-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+
  • T-shirt and Red Pepper Party ticket guaranteed to the first 350 registered participants


Registration Information & Fees

Register online for the half marathon and 5k

[ Registration for 2016 is Not Yet Open ]


Half Marathon Registration

Half Marathon at 8:00 AM

Register early. This category will be capped at 200 participants.

  • $50.00 Early Registration (through 4/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $60.00 Registration (4/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 6/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $70.00 Registration (6/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 8/31 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $80.00 Registration (8/31 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 10/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $90.00 Day of the race

5K Run/Walk Registration

5k Run/Walk at 8:30 AM

  • $18.00 Early Registration (through 6/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central) [Add registration reminder to calendar]
  • $20.00 Registration (7/31 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 8/31 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $25.00 Registration (8/31 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 10/30 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
  • $30.00 Day of the race


Packet Pick-Up

Registration for the 2016 event is not yet open.

Entrance to race parking and start line is on Maddux Road, approximately 1/4 mile south of the Clark Gardens main entrance. Please proceed slowly down Maddux Road.

Registration includes one ticket to Clark Gardens Red Pepper Party.



  • Proceeds will benefit the nature-based educational programming at Clark Gardens. Clark Gardens Botanical Park is a 501(c)3.
  • All fees are non-refundable and nontransferable.
  • Event will be held rain or shine.
  • Walkers and strollers welcome.
  • Course closes at 12:00 pm.


Host Hotel

The award winning Best Western Club House Inn & Suites of Mineral Wells, Texas is the host hotel for the 2015 half marathon and 5K event.

Best Western
[ Make Your Hotel Reservations Online ]


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the half marathon/5K are available. Contact  for information.


Runners' Reviews of Marathon and 5K

"I just want to thank you for promoting this race. I live in Austin, my sister in Morgan Mill. She told me about the race and we (another walker friend) drove up on Friday. We spent the night in Mineral Wells and did their passport thing, it was a ton of fun and we really had a great weekend and a great race. ... it was a great race, great weekend and the gardens are outstanding.
Thank you!"
-Elayne, Austin, TX

"Fantastic race; scenic, well-run, and and fun for the whole family. The race was well-organized, staffed with tons of helpful volunteers, and offered nice aid stations and refreshments. The gardens and Rails to Trails trailway provide a scenic backdrop for the run. Moreover, my two-year old had a blast at the Gardens' train depot. We'll all be back next year!"
-Lindsey, Aledo, TX

"This was my first half marathon to run. I absolutely loved the setting of Clarks Garden; truly beautiful. I enjoyed running on the trail much better than the roads."
- Susie, Weatherford, TX

"Thanks! It was great fun! I hope to do it again next year."
-Joann, Bangs, TX

"I loved this course and the volunteers were fantastic! Thank you!"
-Joanna, Fort Worth, TX

"I would like to compliment the race director of the race this year! The choice of timing companies was also great. They were accurate and very quick with results. The large tent area with heaters and all of the food and drinks were great! Also loved the shirts! The unique awards are ALWAYS a plus! Clark Gardens is a beautiful place and as well organized as the race was this year I am looking forward to next year already! Thanks so much for your hard work! We had a great time!"
-Cathy, Fort Worth, TX

"See you next year. Thanks again."
-Priscilla, Arlington, TX


Presenting Sponsors

Crazy Water
Crazy Water

Gold Sponsors

Wholistic Body SolutionsAnytime FitnessEPI Alpha-Stim

Silver Sponsors

Best WesternCrawford Carter Thompson and Durbin LLCNoon Lion's Club of Mineral WellsPalo Pinto General HospitalTexas Farm Bureau Insurancefreezecarpets wBrazos Animal HospitalAdams Optical

Bronze Sponsors

Tate's Total TrainingMovin On

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Clark Gardens is a non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.
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