Series Rules & Eligibility (2020)

The Basics: Individual Runner

  • Membership in the Texas Trail Championship Series is FREE.
  • We will only score a person after they have two race scores within a division (Ultra or Trail).
  • We will only score your top four race scores within a division (Ultra or Trail)

The Basics: Team Category (Optional)

  • Individual: Contact your Team captain to make certain you are listed on the Team before you race.
  • Team Captains: Register your Team here for the entire year, regardless of how many members, which includes both Spring & Fall series, by following the Team Membership instructions.
  • Top 10 individual runner points within a registered Team will count towards Ultra & Trail Team points for each series (Spring & Fall).
  • See the Team Requirements section below for more detailed Team competition rules.

Series Membership Requirements

  • For Individuals, there are none. It is FREE.
  • For Team, Captains can register their Team here.
  • You must register your Team with the TTCS prior to your first series race (Spring or Fall).

Team Category

At the end of each series (Spring & Fall), awards go to the Team with the most total points in each division (Ultra and/or Trail). Points are based on the club’s top 10 runners.

Team Requirements

  • Your Team must be registered with the TTCS before any race in which you wish to collect series points for your Team.
  • You can belong to only one Team in the series during the Spring or Fall. You are committed to the Team you associated yourself with after the “Team Lock-In Date” (February 1 for the Spring, August 1 for the Fall). You can change clubs at the beginning of the next series (Spring or Fall).
  • The Team member must be associated with their desired Series-registered Team before the “Team Lock-In Date” and before their series race in order for their Team to receive their points contribution. Example: If you join your Team on January 28, your Bandera result (January race) will count towards your Team series points. Example: If you join the team on March 5, then all your scores will score for your team from March 5.

Race Entry Discount for Champions

Each age group champion will receive 50% entry discount into the 50% discount will go to the 2nd place person in the division with more runners in it.

Member Races

Races represent a wide ranges of distances, terrain, and locations through-out the state. We are always interested in adding more races to the series.

The criteria for new races to be added:

  • More guidelines for Series Member Race Directors can be found here.
  • Must be an established race. Ultimately, we want to make sure the races within the series are well run and work well within the greater trail community.
  • Contribution to the annual cost of running the series. Any excess is rolled into the next year.
  • Race must be properly insured.
  • Minimize double race weekend bookings (though this is not always avoidable).
  • Assistance in marketing the series, examples links on website, hanging banners at races (if provided by series), or drop bag material (if provided).
  • Races will only be added prior to the start of the race series calendar season.

Scoring Notes

  • We will only score a person after they have two race scores within a division (Ultra or Trail). This includes scoring for teams. So, a team member with less than 2 scores will not be applied to team totals.
  • We will only score your top four race scores within a division (Ultra or Trail).
  • Men and Women are scored separately, except in the Last-Runner-Standing, where there is only one non-gender-specific winner for basing all race scores from.
  • Scoring Formulas: as follows…

DISTANCE based points formula. This is based on the pre-set race distance. (ex: 10K, 100M)

score = (Wt / Yt) * Bp

Wt = winning time (gender specific: m&f)
Yt = your time
Bp – base points

  • Ultra division:
    • 100 Bp if >=100M
    • 90 Bp if >=62M & <100M — (100k)
    • 85 Bp if >=50M & <62M
    • 80 Bp if >26.2M & <50M — (45k, 50k, 60k)
  • Trail division:
    • 100 Bp if >=25M & <=26.2M — (marathon)
    • 95 Bp if >=18.6M & <25M — (30k, 35k, 40k)
    • 90 Bp if >=13.1M & <18.6M — (1/2marathon, 25k)
    • 85 Bp if >=6.2M & <13.1M — (10k, 15k, 20k)
    • 75 Bp if <6.2M (5k)

TIME based points formula: This is based on the pre-set race limit, not the time you ran. (ex: 6 hour, 24 hour races)

score = (Yd / Wd) * Bp

Yd – your distance
Wd – winning distance (gender specific: m&f)
Bp – base points

  • Ultra division:
    • 100 Bp if >=24hr
    • 90 Bp if >=12hr & <24hr
    • 85 Bp if >=9hr & <12hr
    • 80 Bp if >=6hr & <9hr
  • Trail division:
    • 100 Bp if >=5hrs & <6hrs
    • 90 Bp if >=3hrs & <5hrs
    • 75 Bp if >=2hrs & <3hrs
    • 70 Bp if <2hrs

Last-Runner-Standing (LRS) points formula (Repetitive laps on a schedule until one runner remains). The distance the winner runs determines Bp and if the race is Ultra or Trail.

score = (Yd / Wd) * Bp

Yd – your distance
Wd – winning distance (NOT gender specific)
Bp – base points

  • Ultra division:
    • 100 Bp if >= 100M
    • 90 Bp if >=62M & <100M — (100k)
    • 85 Bp if >=50M & <62M
    • 80 Bp if >26.2M & <50M — (45k, 50k, 60k)
  • Trail division:
    • 100 Bp if >=25M & <=26.2M — (marathon)
    • 95 Bp if >=18.6M & <25M — (30k, 35k, 40k)
    • 90 Bp if >=13.1M & <18.6M — (1/2marathon, 25k)
    • 85 Bp if >=6.2M & <13.1M — (10k, 15k, 20k)
    • 75 Bp if <6.2M (5k)

EPIC race bonus: Two of the Spring series’ races are so competitive, consistently attract an elite group of national and international competitors, that we’ve decided to give an overall 10% base points bonus to ALL series members that finish them: Bandera 100K & Rocky Raccoon 100M.

score = ((Wt / Yt) * Bp) + Epic

  • if Bp 100, Epic = 10 (ex: if RR100M, score + 10)
  • if Bp 95, Epic = 9.5
  • if Bp 90, Epic = 9.0 (ex: if B100K, score + 9)
  • if Bp 85, Epic = 8.5
  • if Bp 80, Epic = 8.0
  • if Bp 75, Epic = 7.5

(ex: if score is 80.4321, add 10 points, 90.4321)

SMALL race adjustment: On the flip-side of the coin to the above rule, we will include (a small points decrease) to races that only have ten or less finishers per gender.

score = ((Wt / Yt) x Bp) – Small

  • if Bp 100, Small = 9.0 (ex: if XT26m, score – 9.0)
  • if Bp 95, Small = 8.5
  • if Bp 90, Small = 8.0
  • if Bp 85, Small = 7.6 (ex: if BBU50M, score – 7.6)
  • if Bp 80, Small = 7.2 (ex: if PW50K, score – 7.2)
  • if Bp 75, Small = 6.7

(ex: if score is 65.4321, subtract 7.6 points, 57.8321

  • Early Starters, Underachievers, & Overachievers: We know that some races allow runners to start early, drop down to a shorter distance after you have started, or step up to a longer distance after you have started. The thing is, if the race director allows it, and scores these people along with all the others, then we do too.
  • Multi-Race Repeat-Runner Events: In some cases, a series member race director will offer multiple races in a single event (i.e.: in a single day, or weekend, etc.) that are open to repeated entry by the SAME runner (i.e.: Tejas Trail’s 2017 TX Trail Running Festival). The Championship Series wants to encourage enthusiastic participation in these types of events but, at the same time, does not want to potentially “wrap-up” a Spring or Fall series points-wise by accumulating so many points in a single event day. So, we will score all eligible races in a multi-race event, then take a runner’s single best race and use that to score their series points, as well as Team contribution points.
  • Greater-than 100 Mile Races, Stage Races, Relays: At this time, we have decided not to over-complicate the series’ distance formula by adding features like course difficulty judgments, race-type and/or exotic distance comparisons, etc., etc. Races that are over 100 miles (mainly applying to the Nomad Division, since the current race series calendar does not have races in this category) will be scored using the same distance formula using the top 100 base points, and the participant’s time will still be measured as a percentage of the winner’s time. Stage races will be treated the same as a regular race for that cumulative distance. This obviously only works for stage races that rank their finishing participants based on an overall cumulative time.

Seasons or Series Divisions

  • SPRING series begins with the first race in January.
  • FALL series race begins with the first Capt’n Karl’s race.

Each series (Spring/Fall) will have the following divisions in which you can score points, with the exception of NOMAD which is scored yearly:

  • ULTRA – greater than Marathon distances
    • 29 & under
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+
  • TRAIL – Marathon and shorter distances
    • 18-and-under
    • 19-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+
  • NOMAD – greater than Marathon distances for those of you Texans who wish to have fun in our series but prefer to run outside the great state of Texas.
    • Overall: Top 5
    • Overall Masters: 1st place only M&F (Masters are age 50 & over)
    • races subject to approval by Texas Trail Championship Series.
    • More guidelines for the Nomad Division can be found here.

Age Divisions

  • Your age is set based on your age on the FIRST race in the series. (Not the first race you run in the series.)

Course Records

  • A runner that sets a course record receives a 5% point bonus (winner only).
  • Course records are only eligible for series bonus points in races that have been run at least 3 times previously on approximately the same course.
  • Minor variations in the course happen from year-to-year, which don’t materially affect the course any more than weather variations year-to-year.  However, if a course reverses direction or replaces 5 miles of trail with a road, that is a materially new course to the results.
  • Ultimately, the Race Director has final authority on what constitutes a course record. The series asks for an official acknowledgement from the Race Director for a new Course Record.

Tie Breaker Sequence

The tie breaker sequence only applies to end of series awards.
            1. Points from 5th race (if they did 5 races) added to their total.  If still tied, move to #2.
            1. Whomever scores higher at the last race in the Season. If still tied, move to #3.
          1. Coin flip