Mega Run Information

What, When, Where

Mega Run 2022 is our club's 22nd annual off-road event and competition. "GO TO THE STORE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT"

The event is comprised of independent wheeling, camping, competitions, a raffle, 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/bunkhouses, 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 3rd - March 6th at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area in Gilmer, Texas.  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 Open!

You will be able to purchase registration at the event.

 

Mega Run Event

 Mega Run Registration includes a T-shirt, an event decal, and a goodie bag.

  • Passengers are included.

  • Primitive camping and park entry is 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 registered for each driver. (i.e. if you want to drive your rig in the morning on the rock garden and your friend drives 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 registration is $90 and guarantees your merchandise.  NO REFUNDS

    • Registration and/or payment after January 30, 2022 or at the gate is $100, and event shirts, event decals, and koozies are available at Mega Run while supplies last .

When you arrive...

  • Stop at the front desk and check in.  Then go inside to sign the event waiver, EVERYONE MUST SIGN A WAIVER.  You will receive a wrist band that must be worn.  Pick up goodie bag (if early registered) and additional merchandise in the back.

  • BMRA controls all of the cabins and RV spots.  You will have to go through BMRA.

    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 located across from the pavillion.

  • EVERY RIG MUST GO THROUGH A SAFETY CHECK AND GET AN EVENT #.

    • Each vehicle must have working seat belts or harnesses.

    • 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).

Volunteer!  
 

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 30 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 8AM 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.

 

DO NOT LITTER

NO DRINKING AND DRIVING

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 and 4-wheelers will not be allowed in the park during Mega Run.

 

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

Seat belts must be worn AT ALL TIMES. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING

 

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

Open 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.

Mild                                   

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.


Wild

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.
 

Extreme
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.

 

Unlimited

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.

 

UTV/SideXSide

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

 

Youth Class

The youth class is from 9 to 15 years old.  The vehicle must be registered for Mega Run 22.  They will compete 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. ​

Schedule

Thursday                

9am-10pm

Friday           

8am - 10pm

3pm - 5pm

 

7pm - finish     

Saturday

7:00am - 9:00am

7:00am - 10:00pm    

10:00am - 4:00pm

 

6:00pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm - Finish

Sunday

8:00am - 11:00am

                                                           

 Event

Registration & Tech Inspection.

Open trail riding.

Registration & Tech Inspection

Open trail riding.

Chicks in the Sticks Run, sponsored by RUTZ Offroad

Trail leader is Jennifer Behunin

Poker Run, sponsored by Brew Crew

Registration & Tech Inspection

Open Trail riding

Obstacle Course, Barrel Race, King of the Hill and Rock Garden, each event starts right after the other event

Awards and Raffle Ticket Sales

Raffle

Open trail rides, clean park and load up and head home.  Thank you, be safe!

Location

Front Office

Own your own

Front Office

Own your own

Meet at RUTZ Offroad camp by cell phone tower

Main Pavilion

Front Office

Own your own

 

King of the Hill trail to be announed at the barrel race.

Main Pavilion, MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

Park closes at Noon.

 
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 6:30pm. 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 and a selected prize  will go to the winning hand (or hands in case of a tie) and 20 raffles tickets to the lowest hand.

Treasure Hunt

Throughout the weekend. There will be cones marked MR22 placed throughout the park. You must ride the trails to find the cones.  One cone per rig per day.  Please bring the cones to the raffle on Saturday to claim your prize. 

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, or hit a barrel 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

This is the 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 after the barrel race. It's time to put up or shut up! Award plaques and cash prizes will be given for the best time in each class!