Out of all the places in Williamson, Death Rock is one of the most distinctive locations in the city. The 900+ foot tall outcrop is rumored to be linked to the death of a Native American girl many years ago. It’s one of the most popular spots for visitors, and anyone looking for a great view of the city will find it there. Jerid Pyszowski and his wife were running along the trails around Death Rock one day, and “it just came to me that I would love to see a trail run up there,” says Jerid.
Jerid got in touch with the Tug Valley Road Runners Club with his idea. “They loved the idea of having a trail run to Death Rock,” he says. “So we set the date and started planning the race in November.” It was a short amount of time to get everything done, but the TVRRC and the Crossfit Experior gym helped Jerid put together The Rock 10K/5K Trail Run.
Bringing Hiking Trails To Williamson
“It’s a 5K and a 10K run,” Jerid explains. “Both will go to Death Rock, which has the most amazing views of Williamson and South Williamson. The 5K will be an out and back trail and the 10K will go out to Death Rock, and then out the ridge to a couple more rock formations.” The money from the race will go towards creating hiking trails in the Williamson area.
Jerid spent a lot of time around Death Rock when he was younger, so the area is special for him. “When I was a kid, my friends and I would go to Death Rock and all of the other rocks in the area. We would hike, climb, rappel, and camp,” he says. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a runner with the TVRRC, and I love trail running. I think it would be nice if the Williamson area had its own hiking trails...so hopefully, this event will raise money to get something like that started.”
Jerid and the rest of the organizers hope to see between 60-100 people at The Rock 10K/5K Trail Run, and they are planning to make the race an annual event, to continue raising money for future trails in Williamson. To learn more about the race, visit their Facebook page.