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This challenging course is not for the faint-hearted. There are two race options, a 200 Miler or 200K, which will require running/hiking up North Franklin Mountain 6 or 4 times, respectively. The route is fully supported, and requires huge amounts of resilience and perseverance.

How to enter the The Franklins

  1. 200 Miler

    Run 200mi
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  2. 200K

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The Franklins routes

This is a seriously challenging route, at the Southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains. Starting at McKelligon Canyon Park HQ at approximately 5,000ft (1,524m) altitude, you will first climb South Franklin Mountain, before heading under the Trans Mountain Road and then beginning to climb North Franklin Mountain, peaking at an elevation of 7,192ft (2,192m).

  • First Stage: 12.3 miles; 4070ft elevation gain.
  • Each Loop: 38 miles; 9400ft elevation gain.
  • Aid Stations: maximum every 7.5 miles apart
  • Check Ins: at the Start/Finish of the loop, Upper Sunset, and Bowen Ranch

200 Miler:

After the initial section, you will complete 5 loops

Total: 202.3 miles/323.2k; 47,415ft/14,452m total elevation gain


After the initial section, you will complete 3 loops

Total: 126.1 miles/202.9k; 28,120ft/8,571m total elevation gain

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Special Buckle, with 8 characters engraved
  • Puffer jacket
  • Long sleeve tech t-shirt
  • Aid stations
  • Sleep stations
  • Checkpoints
Raceday Logistics


Tuesday 4th February:

  • 12:00 - Packet Pickup opens at the Finish Line
  • 16:00 - Compulsory Race meeting at the Finish Line and Runners Dinner
  • 17:00 - Race meeting finishes
  • 19:00 - Packet Pickup closes and Dinner finishes

Wednesday 5th February:

  • 04:00 - 200 Miler shuttle leaves Upper Sunset
  • 05:00 - 200 Miler race starts at McKelligon Canyon
  • 05:15 - 200K shuttle leaves Upper Sunset
  • 06:00 - 200K race starts at McKelligon Canyon

Sunday 9th February:

  • 18:00 - Cutoff time for finishing at the Upper Sunset Parking Lot
  • 20:00 - Post race party at the Hoppy Monk, 4141 N Mesa St, El Paso, Texas, 79902
  • 00:00 - Party finishes
Kit List

Drop Bags:

  • Battery pack and cable
  • Gaiters
  • Warm Jacket
  • Warm leggings
  • Hat and gloves
  • Hiking Poles
  • Electrolyte tablets and caffeine pills
  • Medicine (including blister kit)
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Spare water bottle
  • Your own food/gels/snacks/drinks
  • Wet wipes and tissues

Sleeping Stations:

You are advised to bring warm clothes, such as wool pants and jackets, and a sleeping bag.


Crew and Support are allowed, but must pay $5 for every day that they enter the park.


Shifts for volunteering will last 4-8 hours. If you want to sign up to volunteer, you are welcome to email [email protected]

All volunteers will receive:

  • Free park entry
  • Camping area
  • Race merch
  • Meals provided

If you do 1 shift, you will get 50% race credit for a future one-day race. If you do 2 shifts, you will get 100% credit for a future one-day race.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cut-off time for the race?
Yes, the 200 Milers have 108 hours to finish, and the 200K runners have 107 hours to complete the race. The cut off is at 6pm on Sunday 9th February at the Upper Sunset Parking Lot.
Where can I sleep?
There will be sleep stations approximately every 8-15 miles on the course, with enclosed tents, sleeping pads, cots and/or blankets provided. If you use a bed, there is a 5 hour limit for sleeping.
What will be at the aid stations?
Medical: bandages, vasoline, band aids, and medical personnel Drinks: Gatorade, Water and Hammer Heed Endurolytes; Red Bull; Coke, Ginger Ale, Orange Juice Sweet snacks: cookies, candy bars, peanut butter, nutella Salty snacks: pringles, trail mix Other cold foods: PB&J Sandwiches, bean burritos, bananas, oranges, and assorted fruits Hot foods: Quesadillas, soups, ramen, potatoes, grilled cheese sandwiches. There will be vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options
Can I have a safety runner?
Yes. On the 200 Miler, you can have a safety runner after 88.3miles, and after 50.3 miles for the 200K race. You may not have more than one pacer at a time, and safety runners are not allowed to carry baggage for their runner or provide any other aid.
Can I have a crew vehicle?
Yes, you are allowed 1 crew vehicle at a time, and there are designated locations where you can receive aid.
Where can I leave my baggage?
You can leave drop bags at every aid station except Mundys Gap and East Aid. You must drop these off by 7pm on Tuesday 4th February as they will be shipped on Wednesday morning.
What standard do I have to be?
This is not a race for beginners. It is advised that you recommend a Lone Star 100 or Franklin Mountain one-day event before entering this event. However, it is up to you to decide whether you are capable of taking on the challenge.
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