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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

How to enter the Trans-Pecos Ultra

  1. 165 Mile

    Run 165mi
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  2. 85 Mile

    Run 85mi
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Trans-Pecos Ultra routes

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.

Event Details

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.

Raceday 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!

Kit List

Mandatory Equipment

Safety Gear

Blister Kit: 2x hypodermic needles, elastic tape, scissors, 6x alcohol pads, 2x benzoin swabs
Alcohol sanitize gel – minimum 2oz
Pain Killers – minimum 2x single use packets
Two (2) green glowsticks
One red flashing light
Signal mirror – 2.5 inch minimum diameter
Knife – 2 inch (5cm) blade minimum
Emergency Blanket
Small Compass

Camping Equipment

Campsite/sleeping clothes
Sleeping bag – Must be rated to at least 45F (7C). Note: Please Do Not Remove Tag
Lightweight fleece, down or alternative jacket
One headlamps with spare batteries or two working headlamps without spare batteries. Note: Max lumens must be at least 150+per headlight
Eating container (can use freeze-dried package)
Eating utensil
Plus optional equipment below as desired

Race Gear

Race Clothing – top and bottom
Food supply – 14,000 calorie minimum; 7,000 for 3 Stage
Electrolyte replacement – tablets or powder
Water containers – 1.5 L minimum capacity
Country flag patch – affixed to left shirt sleeve
Plus option gear below as desired


Travel Insurance

All competitors are required to carry an individual travel health insurance policy for the duration of the event – not race. In 2018, this will be from the October 20-28; you may also want to add any additional travel days outside too (In the past we have seen Travel Guard policies). The policy must cover adventure sports as well as medical evacuation by helicopter. The race organizers also maintain an insurance policy through USA Track & Field. The insurance is provided by Philadelphia Insurance Company through ESIX 3 LLC.

Medical Waiver

All race competitors must complete a signed copy of the medical waiver, which documents good overall general health and clearance for participation as determined by a primary medical provider. The medical waiver will be provided to you after registration.

Trans-Pecos Ultra weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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