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Texas Ultramarathon Calendar for 2011-2012

Green Ninja is trying to find every half marathon, marathon and longer distance out there to put into our race calendar.

Sat, 2012-01-07
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2012-01-07 Bandera Bandera Trail Races

For several hundred runners, January trail racing in Texas means the Bandera Trail Races northwest of San Antonio in Hill Country State Natural Area. The race has three different distances, all of which have a 24 hour cutoff - the 100K, 50K, and 25K.

Finishers of the 100K get a great belt buckle, and the 50K and 25K finishers get nice medals. Before and after the race, you'll see a few grizzled trail runners wearing "Bandera 500K" fleece jackets - they've gotten over 300 miles in on the Bandera trails during the race, in any combination they want.

Texas San Antonio Trail Running 62, 31, or 15 miles of hills, rocks, spiky plants, and unpredictable weather
Running race
25K
50K Ultramarathon
100K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sun, 2012-01-15
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2012-01-15 Big Bend National Park Big Bend Ultra Run

This race is being held again in 2012 after a successful comeback in 2011. The race is held completely within Big Bend National Park in far West Texas. In 2011, the race sold out at the 50K and 25K distances.

Texas Run through Big Bend National Park on jeep roads
Running race
10K
25K
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sun, 2013-01-27
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2013-01-27 Needville Brazos Bend Trail Races

The second year for the Brazos Bend Trail Races will be 2012. There will be a 13 mile loop on gravel paths in Brazos Bend State Park that half marathoners will do once, and full marathoners will do twice. 50K'ers will do a 5 mile loop with 1.5 miles of dirt trail first, then do the two 13 mile loops of the marathon.

Texas Houston Trail Running Run with the alligators at Brazos Bend State Park outside Houston!
Running race
Half Marathon
Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2012-02-04
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2012-02-04 Huntsville Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile and 50 Mile Trail Race

The Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile and 50 Mile trail races are some of the best organized in the country. The 100 mile race is 5 loops, and the 50 mile is 3 loops in Huntsville State Park. Each aid station is staffed by lots of ultra running volunteers, most of which have done 100 mile trail races.

Texas Houston Trail Running One of the best 100 mile trail races, Rocky is known for its runnable course
Running race
50 Mile Ultramarathon
100 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2012-02-18
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2012-02-18 Surfside Beach Surfside Beach Marathon

The Surfside Beach Marathon is a great little run that is unique in North America for being the only marathon run completely on a beach. The new Destin 50 mile race will be run on sand as well in Florida, but Surfside Beach was first.

Texas Houston Running Run on the beach on the sand - not as challenging as you think!
Running race
Half Marathon
Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
2012-02-18 Whitesboro Cross Timbers Trail Run

The Cross Timbers Trail Run (50 Mile, Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 Mile) is the oldest trail race in Texas, and one of the best. This classic winter trail run is held on the shores of Lake Texoma on the Cross Timbers Trail, a 12 mile backpacking/hiking trail. The trail is tough! There are lots of ups and downs on the trail, none of them too large, but they add up. The footing can be eroded away, and there are lots of places where running isn't really an option.

Texas Fort Worth Trail Running, Dallas Trail Running Out and Back, Up and Down Trail Run on the shores of Lake Texoma
Running race
5 Mile
Half Marathon
Marathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sun, 2012-02-26
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2012-02-26 Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon

The Cowtown Marathon is Fort Worth's biggest marathon, usually held in late February. Cowtown offers the 50K ultramarathon distance on road, which is pretty rare in Texas. For the 2011 race, there will also be a 10K race held on Saturday the day before the half marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon.

Texas Fort Worth Running The bigger of the two marathons in Fort Worth
Running race
Half Marathon
Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
Sat, 2012-03-03
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2012-03-03 Rocksprings Nueces Endurance Trail Run Texas Rugged little Texas Race by the headwaters of the Nueces River
Running race
10K
25K
50K Ultramarathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
2012-03-03 San Angelo Crazy Desert Trail Race

The San Angelo Road Lizards are putting on their first trail ultramarathon - the Crazy Desert Trail Race 50K, Marathon, and Half Marathon on the trail system at San Angelo State Park.

The marathon and the 50K race are both two loops.

Cutoff for the race is 8 hours for both the marathon and the 50K.

The race will benefit the Concho Valley Community Action Agency.

Texas Brand new trail race in San Angelo State Park
Running race
Half Marathon
Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-03-12
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2011-03-12 San Antonio Prickly Pear 50K and 10 Miler

The San Antonio Road Runners put on a great trail race in San Antonio in McAllister Park by the airport in March. It used to be held in May, but that must have been extremely hot.

The 10-mile loop course is a windy maze of mostly singletrack mountain biking trails, with about 3/4 of a mile on top of a dam/flood control structure that is completely exposed. The rest is pretty shady. 50K runners do three loops. The course has mile markers, which is a nice touch for a trail race.

Texas San Antonio Trail Running Fast beginner-friendly trail race in McAllister Park
Running race
10 Mile
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
2011-03-12 Waco Toughest N Texas Waco 50K

The Toughest N Texas 50K, 20 Mile, 10 Mile, and 5 Mile trail races in Waco's Cameron Park are put on Houston running coach Tim Neckar. These races are small but friendly, but the course is tough! Waco's course is tougher than Cross Timbers, but not as tough as the Bandera Trail Races, to rank it among Texas ultras. The hills in Cameron Park keep coming, because the mountain bikers used every piece of vertical they could to make the trails interesting.

Texas Fort Worth Trail Running, Dallas Trail Running Waco's Cameron Park Hills are relentless
Running race
5 Mile
10 Mile
20 Mile
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2012-03-24
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2012-03-24 Decatur Grasslands Trail Runs Texas Fort Worth Trail Running, Dallas Trail Running Weather can make this race in the LBJ Grasslands a slog!
Running race
Half Marathon
Marathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-04-02
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2011-04-02 Smithville Hells Hills

Hells Hills 50 used to be known as the Rocky Hill Ranch 50, after the private mountain bike ranch the race is held on. Because the race is run on mountain bike trails, it's a lot of fun to run there. The course is almost all singletrack, and most of it is shaded with pine trees.

Texas Austin Trail Running Formerly the Rocky Hill Ranch 50, this race is all singletrack and hills
Running race
10K
25K
50K Ultramarathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-04-09
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2011-04-09 Huntsville Hog's Hunt 50K

The Hog's Hunt trail race through Huntsville State Park is a 50K/25K trail race on singletrack and dirt roads. The 50K race is two loops of the 25K course. Both circle Lake Raven.

Texas Houston Trail Running Piney woods run through Huntsvile State Park
Running race
25K
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Fri, 2011-06-17
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2011-06-17 Abilene Summer Solstice Endurance Run Texas 3 or 6 hour timed run at night on a 1 mile paved asphalt loop
Running race
Other Ultramarathon
Timed Run
Sat, 2011-07-16
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2011-07-16 Fort Worth El Scorcho Run 50K/25K

The El Scorcho 50K/25K race takes place in Trinity Park in Fort Worth. This summer race is unique because of the format - the race starts at midnight and runs on a 5K (3.1 mile) loop on mostly crushed stone trail, but also pavement, sidewalk, and a basketball court.

In the middle of the summer, night time is often a great time to run, but the humidity levels can really increase over the day, making it tough to do well in a night race. El Scorcho offers a very unique challenge to runners who want to try night running.

Texas Fort Worth Running 5 or 10 loops around Trinity Park. At Midnight. In July. For Charity.
Running race
25K
50K Ultramarathon
Night Run
2011-07-16 Burnet Captain KARLS The Lake 60K 30K Texas Austin Trail Running 10K Loops on a technical course at Inks Lake State Park
Running race
30K
60K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Night Run
Sat, 2011-08-06
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2011-08-06 Johnson City Captain KARLS The Falls 60K 30K 10K Texas Austin Trail Running 30K loops make this Capt Karls race more fun than the others!
Running race
10K
30K
60K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Night Run
Sat, 2011-08-27
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2011-08-27 Spicewood Captain Karls SHOE 10K, 30K, 60K Trail Race

The final race in the Captain Karls trail run series in 2011 is the SHOE, held out at Muleshoe Bend on Lake Travis. The 10K is held in the morning at 8am, and the 30K and 60K distances are held at night at 7pm. 60K runners have until 7am the next morning to finish their 37 mile race.

Texas Austin Trail Running 60K is 4 loops at night on some nice flowing singletrack by Lake Travis
Running race
10K
Other long
Other Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Night Run
Sat, 2010-09-25
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2010-09-25 Mineral Wells Run From the Ducks Texas Fort Worth Trail Running 8 hour run around a 0.854 mile loop in Clark Botanical Gardens
Running race
Other Ultramarathon
Timed Run
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-10-15
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2011-10-15 Canyon Palo Duro Trail Races

The Palo Duro Trail Races are held in Texas' Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon. The Palo Duro Canyon State Park hosts the trail races every year in October. The course is a 12.5 mile loop - the 50-mile runners do four loops, 50K runners do a short loop and then two big loops, and the 20K runners do one loop.

Texas Trail run through Palo Duro Canyon, the Grand Canyon of Texas
Running race
20K
50K Ultramarathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-10-29
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2011-10-29 Bandera Cactus Rose 100 and 50 Mile Race

Cactus Rose is put on by Joe and Joyce Prusatis of Tejas Trails out at Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, Texas, northwest of San Antonio.

New for 2011 - Cactus Rose has a 4-person, 100 mile relay!

The race has aid stations, but you are responsible for providing everything you need except ice and water. There won't be any volunteers at the aid stations unless you bring a crew. Anything you need to eat, any sports drink or supplements, you will need to drop them off at the aid stations before the race.

Texas Austin Trail Running, San Antonio Trail Running Rocks, rocks, and more rocks - this hilly hundred miler will eat you up
Running race
50 Mile Ultramarathon
100 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-11-05
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2011-11-05 Huntsville Rocky Raccoon 50K

The November Rocky Raccoon trail race has 50k/25k/10k distances, so it's affectionately called "Little Rocky" to differentiate itself from the February "Big" Rocky Raccoon race with 100 mile and 50 mile trail races. Both are held in Huntsville State Park on the singletrack and dirt roads inside the park, but the courses are different. Paul Stone directs this race, and Joe Prusatis with Tejas Trails directs "Big Rocky".

Texas Houston Trail Running Little Rocky Raccoon Ultramarathon also packs a big punch
Running race
10K
25K
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-11-12
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2011-11-12 Grapevine Rockledge Rumble

The Rockledge Rumble is the North Texas Trail Runners club race. It's always held near Veteran's Day in November, as the race honors America's veterans.

The race offers 50K, 30K, and 15K distances - the longer distance for ultramarathoners who want to test themselves on the only trail ultra in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

Texas Fort Worth Trail Running, Dallas Trail Running Tough little run on the North Shore of Lake Grapevine
Running race
Other short
30K
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-11-19
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2011-11-19 Warda Wild Hare Trail Run

The Wild Hare trail race is a 10K/25K/50K/50 mile run, all held on the same course, a 7.5 mile loop of mountain biking trails. The race is put on by Tejas Trails out of Austin, and it's a lot of fun. November is usually a good month for running, and with all the different distances and races, there's something for everyone. You can camp out at Bluff Creek Ranch, the private mountain biking ranch where the race is held the night before or the night afterwards. You can also pay for a cot in the barn if you want to sleep there.

Texas Fun run in the Lost Pines on sweet singletrack
Running race
10K
25K
50K Ultramarathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-12-03
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2011-12-03 Austin Run Like the Wind Texas Austin Trail Running Timed 24, 12, or 6 hour run on a 1 km mulchy trail
Running race
Other Ultramarathon
Timed Run
Trail Run
Sat, 2011-12-10
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2011-12-10 Burnet El Sendero Endurance Trail Race

Rogue Running put on the Ranch 10K and 30K in 2011 out at Reveille Peak Ranch, and now they are planning to put on a 25K, 50K, and 50 mile ultramarathon in December at the same race venue. There were some course control issues at the Ranch 30K that hopefully won't be an issue this time, as it looks like all races share the same course loop.

Texas Austin Trail Running First ultramarathon out at Reveille Peak Ranch
Running race
25K
50K Ultramarathon
50 Mile Ultramarathon
Trail Run
Sat, 2010-12-11
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2010-12-11 Huntsville Texas Trail Runs

The Sunmart Texas Trail Races at Huntsville State Park were some of the biggest trail races in the country - with all the best schwag at a reasonable entry fee. Unfortunately, the last Sunmart trail race was in 2008 and the 50-mile race is now history, but we do have the Texas Trail Races with a 50K and a 12.5 mile option.

Texas Houston Trail Running Sunmart may be gone, but the spirit of Huntsville trail running lives on
Running race
20K
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run