Mega Run Information

What, When, Where

Mega Run 2020 is our club's 20th annual off road event and competition. The event is comprised of independent wheeling, camping, guided trail runs, competitions, a raffle, a catered BBQ dinner and awards. Mega Run is family friendly and appropriate for rigs of all sizes (except dirt bikes and 4-wheelers) and drivers of all skill levels.  The park has primitive camping, showers and bathrooms, or if camping isn't your style, you can stay at any of the park's cabins/bunk houses, or stay at a hotel in town. However, book quickly because rooms sell out fast! This year's Mega Run will be held on March 5th - March 8th at noon at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area in Gilmer, Texas. Please see the Schedule for specific dates, events and times. Please read below for further details and let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you in March!

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area
6284 N. SH 155 

Gilmer, TX 75645


Online Registration is Closed.

You will be able to purchase registration at the event.

Full Event

Full Mega Run Registration includes a T-shirt, event sticker, meal ticket and goodie bag.

  • Passengers are included.

  • Primitive camping and park entry are included.

  • Event registration is for each rig/driver pair.

  • If multiple drivers wish to compete in the same rig and the same event there must be a registration for each driver. (i.e. if you want to drive your rig in the morning on the rock garden and your friend drive it on the obstacle course in the afternoon that is one registration. Whereas, if you both want to drive the same rig on the rock garden that requires a second registration.)

  • Early full registration is $100 and guarantees your merchandise.

    • Registration and/or payment after February 9, 2020 or at the gate is $120 and shirts, stickers, and meal tickets are available while supplies last.

Park Only

Park Only Mega Run Registration includes entry to the park and primitive camping.

  • Passengers are included.

  • Park only entrants will not compete in the events or participate in the guided trail runs.

  • They will not receive a shirt, sticker, meal ticket or goodie bag.

    • These items can be purchased while supplies last (it is cheaper to just register for the full event if you want these items).

    • Early park only registration is $80 while park only registration and/or payment after February 9, 2020 or at the gate is $100.

When you arrive

  • Stop at the front desk and sign event waiver.

    • If you have reserved a cabin or RV spot, the park will issues keys at the front desk.​

  • Each Mega Run participant will visit Tech Inspection after registering/checking in and signing a waiver.

  • Tech inspection is on the back side the front office and includes a safety check.

    • Each vehicle must have working seat belts

    • A fire extinguisher within reach of the driver & a firmly secured battery (if they see any other safety concerns, they will make these known at this time). 

    • They will confirm vehicle class as well (tech team class designation is FINAL).

    • After Tech Inspection is passed, you will receive your goodie bag with meal tickets, sticker and shirts etc.


Mega Run is not possible without some help from volunteers. Our club runs on a volunteer basis and we can always use a hand! Please consider supporting the club and this event and sign up for a shift or two...or three. This will help ensure that the event runs more smoothly for everyone! You do not have to be registered for competition in the event to volunteer. We are offering volunteers 20 raffle tickets per slot that they work, so sign up early and we will look forward to seeing you! Click the button below to sign up for some time slots. Don't hesitate to CONTACT US if you have any questions. And thank you in advance!

Park Details

Park opens at NOON on Thursday.


OHV Stickers are required for all rigs in the park. There are no guarantees that OHV stickers will be available for sale at the gate, so please purchase one before Mega Run. OHV stickers can be purchased directly from TPWD over the phone or from various local retailers. Texas OHV decals are $16 and are good Sept. 1 - Aug. 31 of the following year. The TPWD Service Center can be reached at (512) 389-8917  Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm CST. This website also has a list of distributors.
If the game warden is on site and sees no valid sticker, you can be issued a ticket for anywhere from $50 to $500.


TRAILS CLOSE AT 10:00PM. You must be off the trails by 10:00pm. Only the main access road can be used to travel between sites and to bathrooms after this time.




QUIET TIME at BMRA is between 10:00pm and 7:00am. Please be considerate of your neighbors so that everyone can enjoy the event.


Motorcycles will not be allowed in the park during Mega Run.


Quads (ATV's) will be allowed but only for transportation around the park. No quads on trails. Quad riders must wear helmets at all times and no double riding is allowed.  It is recommended that any Quads on the property have an OHV sticker.  Since Quads will not be allowed on the trails it would be dependent on the game warden to decide if the decal is required or not.

ALL entrants into the park MUST sign a Waiver on site.  This includes passengers.



ALL minors (under age 18) MUST be accompanied by an adult.  If the adult is not the parent or legal guardian, the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and notarized prior to attending.  

Vehicle Classes & Trail Ratings

Participants choose their class during registration. Your class may be changed  during tech inspection in order to keep the competition fair. Class definitions are finalized by the Tech Inspection team and are subject to change. This list is a guideline only, the inspection team will assess each rig at check in. All decisions of rig competition classification by the inspection team are final.

Vehicle/Driver Classes
Mild- No larger than 35" tires. Open differentials or limited slip differentials only. These are generally stock to slightly modified rigs.
Wild- No larger than 40" tires. After market/traction assist devices (lockers). No wheelbase alterations. Typical suspension modifications on mostly stock vehicles.
Extreme- No larger than 46" tires. OEM chassis (mild modifications allowed). More extreme suspension modifications. Reactive suspension only. No rear steer or cutting brakes 
Unlimited- Rear Steer. Cutting Brakes. Active control suspension. Non OEM chassis
UTV/SideXSide- Self explanatory

**NEW** Youth Class - Youth class is for 9 to 15 year old drivers. All vehicle classes will be unified for youth class drivers. 

Guided Trail Rides, Suggested Equipment & Trail Descriptions

These are general explanations of  conditions you can expect on the trails and general guidelines for recommended vehicle capability. All trail conditions are subject to change, and DFWTX4WD and BMRA cannot guarantee trail conditions, vehicle capability, or driver experience. Driver/Passenger experience and actions are also outside of the control of DFWTX4WD and BMRA, and both entities cannot be held responsible for any vehicle damage or personal injury. The equipment lists are just generic suggestions. Individual driver skill, experience and comfort level should be taken into account when selecting a trail ride group. Talk to your trail leader and other participants if you have questions.


Open to all 4x4 vehicles

Easy to challenging 1,2 and easy 3 Rated Trails for vehicles with open differentials and stock 4x4 vehicles. 

Scenic ride with a few challenges thrown in. 

Obstacles may include sand, creek crossings, mud, loose rocks, brush and branches in the trail and semi-steep hills and descents. Vehicle damage is always possible but not as likely during the Mild Trail Rides.


Recommend having 31" tires or better, at least one traction-aiding device and a winch.
Difficult/Technical 2, 3, or 4 Rated Trails

Trails include steep hills with loose rock, brush and branches in the trail, mud ledges, and off-camber situations. Vehicle damage possible. Experienced drivers recommended.

Recommend 35" tires or better, locking differentials front and rear and a winch.
Harder 4 and 5 Rated Trails. Vehicle damage probable. Experienced drivers only.

Most of these trails have steep hill climbs with loose rock and big ledges near the top. Also expect mud and off camber situations, and of course brush and branches in the trail.



Experienced drivers with heavily modified rigs only.

Difficult 4 and 5 Rated Trails. Vehicle damage likely. Experienced drivers only.

Most of these trails have steep hill climbs with loose rock and big ledges near the top. Also expect mud and off camber situations, and of course brush and branches in the trail.



Please join one of the above groups that you believe best matches your driving experience and rig capability.


Youth Class

Youth class is for 9 to 15 year old. They will compete against each other in the rock garden, barrel race and obstacle course. Helmet and seat belts are required. Parent or adult is required to ride with the driver. Only one adult passenger may ride with the driver in the youth group. Note - If the vehicle is a single seat vehicle, approval from event coordinators to compete will be on a case by case basis. ​


You may buy raffle tickets and additional merchandise at the Front Office during registration. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a short time after dinner, prior to the raffle. Times are subject to change.


Thursday                     Event                                                                      Location

12:00pm-5:00pm        Registration & Tech Inspection                           Front Office

Open park!



8:00am- 10:00pm          Registration & Tech Inspection                          Front Office

7:00pm- Finish            Poker Run                                                             Main Pavilion


7:00am- 8:00am          Registration & Tech Inspection                           Front Office

9:00am                         Mandatory Driver's Meeting                                Main Pavilion

9:30am- 12:30pm        Guided Trail Runs                                                Meet at main pavilion, then get in line with your vehicle class

12:30pm- 1:00pm        Lunch                                                                    On your own

1:00pm- 6:00pm          Rock Garden, Obstacle Course, Barrel Race     Near main pavilion

6:00pm- 7:00pm          Catered BBQ Dinner                                             Main Pavilion

7:00pm- 8:00pm          Awards and Raffle Ticket Sales                          Main Pavilion- Must be present to win!

8:00pm- Finish            Raffle                                                                      Main Pavilion


9:00am- Finish            King of the Hill                                                      Meet at main pavilion and the trail will be announced

12:00pm                       Go Home                                                       

Event Descriptions

Poker Run

The Poker Run is a fun group ride on a mild trail loop that will get your 4 wheels trail ready and let you meet your fellow competitors. Be sure to bring your score sheet (included in your registration bag) and meet at the Main Pavilion at 7:00pm. Trail will be announced. Line up and run the trails as a group, stopping to draw cards along the way and try to build a winning hand. The cards you drew will be marked on your score sheet. Meet back at the pavilion and 20 raffle tickets will go to the winning hand (or hands in case of a tie). 

Guided Trail Runs

Meet at Main Pavilion at 9:00am for the MANDATORY DRIVER'S MEETING. Line up according to your vehicle class. Follow your trail leader, keep the vehicle behind you in sight (help keep the line together), and HAVE FUN!

There will be multiple trail leaders running groups through some seriously fun trails. We try to limit group sizes to make it more fun for each group. The different classes will experience trails suited to their difficulty. All non Mega Run rigs and Mega Run competitors who do not wish to join a trail ride group are asked to stay off the trails during this time.

Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the weekend. There will be various scavenger hunt activities going. Each day new scavenger items will be placed. More details coming. 

Rock Garden

The objective on the Rock Garden is to see how far you can get in the time allotted. The rig in each class that goes the farthest in one minute wins. If more than one rig completes the course under the time limit, the rig with the lowest time wins. Awards will be given for the best time in each class.

Obstacle Course

The Obstacle Course challenges each driver to complete a series of obstacles. The course is designed to equalize the playing field: extremely built rigs will excel in some areas whereas stock rigs will excel in other areas. This is a timed challenge, but don't touch the course caution tape or you will be penalized with additions to your total time. Awards will be given for the best time in each class.

Barrel Race

This is a traditional Barrel Race with 3 barrels, except our contestants have way more than 1 horse power! Competitors race the clock to be the first around all three barrels and back to the starting line. But there's a catch, if you touch the course caution tape, you are penalized with additions to your total time, so finesse is required! Awards will be given for the best time in each class.

King of the Hill

Sunday morning is time to settle old scores. A timed trail challenge; the winner of this event will walk away with bragging rights and an Award. This trail is a closely kept secret. You may put your name in the hat to run this trail, and will be allowed to back out if you want, but we do not reveal the name of this trail until Sunday morning. It's time to put up or shut up! Award plaques and cash prizes will be given for the best time in each class!


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