Adventure racers will be getting down and dirty and wet Saturday, May 3 on South Padre Island as the third annual Jailbreak Beach Escape covers more than three miles of sandy terrain.
Referred to as an “off-the-grid” adventure run, the beach course includes more than 18 obstacles along the beach to challenge racers in sand and water. Organizers expect as many as 3,000 racers to compete.
Jailbreak is made up of a series of races throughout the day, with the first one scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The races start and end on the beach in front of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. The course heads to the north and returns to the starting point.
New events have been added this year, with one just for children.
The Dirty Rascals Adventure Run is an obstacle course for age groups 4-6 and 7-13, designed to help youngsters build confidence and self esteem as they conquer the various obstacles.
The Road Less Traveled is an optional bonus section of the course, covering more than a mile of “grit-testing” obstacles.
While this is the third race on the Island, Jailbreak Race Events was founded in 2010 with a single event in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This year Jailbreak events will also be held in San Antonio, El Paso, DFW and Houston in addition to the Island.
The events also raise money for local charities, with a portion of the Island proceeds benefiting the Stars Scholarship Fund in the Valley.