Trans-Pecos Ultra


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Trans-Pecos Ultra features a challenging course that offers spectacular views by day and unparalleled starlit skies at night. The course is technical with plenty of rocky single-track and deserted ranch roads. Although the average elevation hovers around 4500 ft, be prepared for continuous hills, steep grades, and a total of 14,000+ elevation gain for the week. Remember, TPU is open to everyone: you can Hike or Run the entire course – just don’t give up! 4-Stage race option is the “Prologue” through Stage 4 \*6-Stage race option is the “Prologue” through Stages 6
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Where and when
905 Alpine St, Presidio, TX 79845, USA
Start times
Sat 2nd Nov 2019
165 Mile:
85 Mile:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Trans-Pecos Ultra
£1000 - $2500
Route information
4-Stage: 85mi / 137km / 1680m+ gain = 3 ITRA/UTMB points (ITRA No: 7849-38333)
6-Stage: 165mi / 267km / 3600m+ gain = 6 ITRA/UTMB points (ITRA No: 7849-38335)
Trans-Pecos Ultra is a self-supported, multi-stage foot race. All entrants acknowledge that the race will take place in a remote area where facilities and comforts are limited. Participants are expected to possess basic outdoor experience and all of the mandatory equipment. The race does not require any special technical skills such as navigation or rope climbing. Certain eligibility criteria apply. Travel insurance and medical waiver required.
The race is run in five, consecutive stages; the total race distances are approximately 81.9 miles / 131km (4-Stage) and 163.5 miles / 260km (6-Stage)– subject to logistical changes up to 10 miles. Stages 2-4 are each approximately 26 miles and Stage 6 at 56 miles. Race finish time is the aggregate of all stage finish times; the Prologue/Stage 1 (5km/3.1mi) is a neutral start – +1hr).
Checkpoints are located approximately every 5-7 miles along the course and are outfitted with the minimum of one volunteer, one medical staff, and one vehicle. During Stage 6, participants are allowed to sleep at designated overnight checkpoint(s) located after the 35th mile. The following equipment are brought to each checkpoint: 1) pop-up tent shelter, 2) extra flags and banners, 3) water, 4) bench/stools, 5) communication devices, and 6) emergency medical equipment – a hot water source will also be available at the overnight checkpoint during Stage 6.
Cut-off times are applicable at both checkpoints and finishes, and are based on a brisk walking pace, or average forward movement speed of 2.35 mph. Stages 2-4 (each 26 mi) will have a 12hr finish time. Stage 6 (56 mi) will have a 30hr finish time – this includes time spent sleeping at overnight checkpoint(s). The Prologue – Stage 1 (5km/3.1mi) has a cut-off of 3hrs.
What's included
The race is open to adults in good health, aged 21 and older by the start date of the race. A special provision can be made to those 18-21 but must be requested before 90 days of the start date and will require written permission from family and medical authorities prior to registration.
How to get there
905 Alpine St, Presidio, TX 79845, USA
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Event day logistics

Arrival Details: Saturday, NOV 2nd

10am – Departure from El Paso Airport to Alpine, TX
3pm – Hotel Check in & Packet Pickup
4-5:30pm – Happy Hour / Museum of the Big Bend Tour (SRSU)
6pm – Official Meet & Greet plus Welcome Dinner
7pm – Departure for “Star Party” and McDonald Observatory
10pm – Return to Alpine

Pre-Race Checks: Sunday, NOV 3rd

7am – Breakfast for all staff, volunteers and competitors
8am – Mandatory Race Brief
9-11am – Mandatory Medical & Equipment Checks
11am – Hotel Check Out / Box Lunch Provided
12pm – Depart for pre-race camp
430pm – Arrival at BBRSP Race Site
5pm-8pm – “Prologue” – Stage 1

4 Stage Race Itinerary

Mon-Tue: Stages 2-3
6a – Wake Up, music starts
8a – Start
8p – Stage Cut-Off
9p – Medical Tent closes
Wednesday: Stage 4
6am – Wake up, music starts
8am – Stage Start
8pm – Race Cut-Off
815pm – 4 Stage Awards Ceremony

Thursday: Departure

6am – Wake up, music starts
805am – 4 Stage Participants Departure
1130am – Drop-Off in Alpine, Texas*
3pm – Drop-off at El Paso Airport
*Participants can stay in Alpine/Big Bend and join Awards Banquet

6 Stage Race Itinerary

Mon-Thur: Stages 2-5
6am – Wake up, music starts
8am – Stage Start
8pm – Stage Cut-Off
9pm – Medical Tent Closes
Friday-Saturday: Stage 6
6am – Wake up, music starts
8am – Main Group Start
10am – Lead Group Start
2pm, following day – Race Finish
Awards Banquet
Awards Banquet: Saturday, NOV 9th
3pm – Hotel Check In
6pm – Banquet Dinner Starts
7p-10p – Awards Ceremony
*Dress is Smart Casual – flip flops & blister tape permitted!

Departure: Sunday, NOV 10th

7am – Breakfast starts
8am – Return transport to El Paso Airport (12pm ETA)
8:01a – Start planning for next year…bring a friend!
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