Commissioners worried about Spartan traffic

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voiced their concerns at Tuesday's regular court meeting about traffic that will be generated by the upcoming Spartan Race Austin Super and Sprint Weekend, to be held May 17-19 at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet.

Reveille Peak is a 1,300-acre outdoor event, adventure and education center just outside of Burnet on County Road 114, also known as Little Midland-Dorbandt Road.

Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races varying in difficulty and length, with the Spartan Sprint featuring 20 to 25 obstacles in a three to five mile short-distance race, and the Spartan Super featuring 25 to 30 obstacles in an eight to 10 mile middle-distance race.

The annual event has applied for the required mass gathering permit, which goes through the Burnet County Sheriff's Department for approval as Burnet County Judge James Oakley has delegated Sheriff Calvin Boyd to handle those requests under Section 751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Chief Deputy Mike Cummings told commissioners Boyd is expected to approve the permit, but is in negotiations with Spartan Race to have them pay for more deputies to be present for traffic control. Spartan Race has agreed to pay for three deputies, while Boyd has told them he believes six are needed to ensure public safety.

Cummings said Boyd has already said he will make sure there are six deputies on scene during race weekend, regardless of whether Spartan Race helps fund the extra three deputies.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., whose precinct includes Reveille Peak Ranch, said he is concerned about how traffic backs up along County Road 114, down Ranch-to-Market Road 2341 to its intersection with Texas 29 as participants are trying to get into the ranch for registration.

“That traffic impedes our emergency services as well as the public who live in the area and need to be able to get to and from their homes,” Luther said.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle said “congestion at the front gate” causes a lot of the issues with traffic and said he had heard parking may be part of the registration fee this year.

However, the Spartan Race website states parking is $10 per car, $20 per van and $50 per bus or RV, is cash only, and is payable upon entry.

In other action, commissioners voted unanimously to approve the hiring of London Jones as the new Family Community Health agent in the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Burnet.

Jones, who is graduating next month from Tarleton State with a bachelor's degree, is a Dublin, Texas, native who will succeed Linda Wells, who retired last year. She will begin work May 15.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve a resolution recognizing the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, for their work with children in Burnet County.

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