Snowman's Run 2021

Glad you brought your cowboy hat and boots 'cause

We were Eastbound and Down from Texas!

 

(UPDATED September 19, 2021)

 

It's a wrap!  Thank you to everyone that registered for the 2021 Snowman's Run!  We were excited to have you join us and did our very best to put together a fun, memorable agenda while at the same time honoring our veterans for their service and sacrifices.

Given we had completed all of the planning for Snowman's Run 2020 but had to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to use the itinerary from 2020 as a blueprint for 2021.  We made a few changes, most notably we used Fredericksburg, TX and Biloxi, MS as anchor points for the beginning and end of the 'Run respectively.  If you are a member of the Snowman's Run facebook page, feel free to check out all the great photos!

Here were the hotels:

Inn on Baron's Creek - Fredericksburg, TX: (room block released on August 11, 2021)

Complimentary WiFi and breakfast were included.

·         Group rate code:  "Snowman's Run"

·         Dates and base rates (did not include tax, etc.) for a single king or double queens:

o    September 10, 2021 (for early arrivals):  $189/night

o    September 11, 2021:  $189/night

o    September 12-13, 2021:  $109/night

·         Reservations MUST have been made by calling the hotel directly @ (830) 990-9202.

 

Hampton Inn and Suites - Conroe, TX:  (room block released August 18, 2021) 

Complimentary WiFi and breakfast were included.

·         Group rate code:  "Snowman's Run Group or SRG"

·         Dates and base rates (did not include tax, etc.) for a single king or double queens:

o    September 14, 2021:  $89/night

·         Reservations could be made by calling the hotel directly @ (936) 539-1888.  We recommended dialing #0 and asking the operator to book directly with the hotel instead of getting transferred to main reservations.

 

Hampton Inn and Suites, I-10 East, Baton Rouge, LA:  (room block released September 1, 2021) 

NOTE:  Due to Hurricane Ida, the hotel was mandated by the Governor of Louisiana to accommodate all existing guests which were first responders, power repair crews, insurance adjustors, or displaced families.  It was necessary to change the route to go through Natchez, MS instead.  All reservations were subsequently transferred to the Hampton Inn and Suites in Natchez, MS.

Complimentary Wifi and breakfast were included.

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·         Group rate code:  "Snowman's Run 2021"

·         Dates and base rates (did not include tax, etc.) for single king or double queens:

o    September 15, 2021:  $99/night

·         Reservations could be made by calling the hotel directly @ (225) 751-4600.  We recommended dialing #0 and asking the operator to book directly with the hotel instead of getting transferred to main reservations.

 

Doubletree - Biloxi, MS:  (room block released 5:00 PM EDT on August 19, 2021)

Complimentary WiFi and breakfast vouchers for two guests per room were included.

·         Group rate code:  "Snowman Run" (contact the Doubletree directly).

·         Dates and base rates (did not include tax, etc.) for a single king or double queens:

o    September 15, 2021:  $92/night (limited number of rooms for early arrivals for anyone joining for the end of Snowman's Run 2021 while we are still in Baton Rouge, LA).

o    September 16-18, 2021:  $92/night

o    September 19, 2021:  $92/night (for those wishing to squeeze one more night out of Snowman's Run 2021.

      Reservations could be made by calling main reservations @ (800) 774-1500 or the hotel directly @ (228) 546-3100, #0 (use code "Snowman Run or Snowman's Run").  There was also a booking link online: http://group.doubletree.com/u8llf

 

 

FINAL AGENDA:

(Please note, our approach has always been to keep the registration cost of $35/per car as low as possible, offer our participants an a la carte approach to events and activities which cost extra so they have options, and can then choose which ones are of interest and value to them.  Where events or activities involved additional cost, we did our best to negotiate group rates.) 

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021

    •  Luckenbach, TX

      • 4th Annual Luckenrod 2021 - 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (optional event)

      • Snowman's Run was invited to participate

      • Space was reserved for the Snowman's rig and the Sheriff Buford T. Justice squad car (both were huge hits)!

      • We were provided with a limited number of discounted LuckenRod registrations so our pre-1987 cars (a LuckenRod constraint) could park next to Snowman's rig.

      • There were three live bands and multiple vendors (food, drink, etc.)

      • We had a great time, met some fantastic people, and raised funds and awareness for our veterans!

    • Fredericksburg, TX

      • As an option to Luckenrod (shopping, SPA time at the hotel, etc.)

      • West End Pizza 07:00 PM - ??  (group event, this was the official kick-off of Snowman's Run 2021, over forty 'Runners attended and we signed large posters dedicated to the memory of Dennis Wilson and Lanny Franks, two core 'Runners which passed away recently.)

  • Sunday, September 12, 2021

    • Fredericksburg, TX​​

      • Lunch in Fredericksburg - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (at leisure)

      • National Museum of the Pacific War - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (group event, we negotiated a group discount rate off of the $18/per person normal rate to $10/per person.  It was well attended and a sobering, emotional experience for all of us

      • The Wine Garage - 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (group event, wine tasting was $15 with a 15% group discount on the tasting as well as any other purchases.  The Wine Garage also organized a fundraiser event for wounded veterans for us and inviting their membership to join us to contribute accordingly.)  The owner also hired a live band and made a generous donation to our 501c charity.

      • Dinner (on your own, most of us met at K-Bob's Steakhouse)

  • Monday, September 13. 2021

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    • Driving day, left Conroe for Natchez, MS - 09:00 AM

    • Dinner on your own in Natchez, MS.  (The group chose Reux 66)

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021

    • Drive from Natchez, MS to Biloxi, MS - 09:00 AM

    • Snowman's Run 2021 held the official wrap-up dinner with members of the Wilson and Franks families @ Captain Al's Steak and Seafood

  • Friday - Sunday, September 17-19, 2021

    • Biloxi, MS

      • Suggested activities which 'Runners attended:

        • ​Casinos

        • FinishLine Go-Cart Racing (this turned into a group event)

        • Beauvoir - Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential library

  • See you next year!​