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
- Run 165mi
- Run 85mi
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.
Trans-Pecos Ultra weather forecast
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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