Series Rules & Eligibility (updated for 2019)

The Basics: Individual Runner

  • Membership in the Texas Trail Championship Series is FREE.
  • Finish at least 2 (two) races in the Ultra (50K and longer) and/or Trail (sub-50K and shorter) division. Your top four (4) scores will count for final scoring.

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.

Continue reading below to check out all the specific details for the Texas Trail Championship Series.

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.

Race Entry Discount for Champions

Each age group champion will receive 50% entry discount into the subsequent race series. If you won both Trail & Ultra divisions, it is still just a 50% discount.

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 year.

Scoring:

  • Your top four race scores within a division (Ultra/Trail) will be used for series (Spring/Fall) standings.
  • Men and Women are scored separately.
  • Note: The points formula used for the current and past years is copied to the foot of the Results Rankings page for your convenience and historical purposes, i.e.: here.

Distance Based Points Formula (ex: 10K Trail race, 100M Ultra race)

Wt / Yt x base points = score

Wt = winning time in seconds*
Yt = your time in seconds

  • Ultra division base points:
    • 100 base points = 100M and longer races
    • 90 base points = 100K to sub-100M races
    • 85 base points = 50M to sub-100K races
    • 80 base points = > 26.2M (greater than a Marathon) to sub-50M races
  • Trail division base points:
    • 100 base points = 25M to Marathon (26.2M) races
    • 95 base points = 30K (18.6M) to sub-25M (< 25M) races
    • 90 base points = Half Marathon (13.1M) to sub-30K (< 18.6M) races
    • 85 base points = 10K (6.2M) to sub-Half Marathon (< 13.1M) races
    • 75 base points = sub-10K (< 6.2M) races
  • Distance-Based Relay Races:
    • Same as Distance-Based formula above but with 1/2 the above base points of the total team effort are contributed to team’s declared Series Club/Team…
    • Wt / Tt x (base points / 2) = score
    • A scoring relay team must meet the eligibility requirements described here.

Time Based Points Formula (ex: 9 hour Ultra race, 3 hour Trail race)

Yd / Wd x base points = score

Yd – your distance
Wd – winning distance*

  • Ultra division base points:
    • 100 base points = 24 hour and longer races
    • 90 base points = 12 hour to sub-24 hour races
    • 85 base points = 9 hour to sub-12 hour races
    • 80 base points = 6 hour to sub-9 hour races
  • Trail division base points:
    • 100 base points = 5 hour to sub-6 hour races
    • 90 base points = 3 hour to sub-5 hour races
    • 75 base points = 2 hour to sub-3 hour races
    • 70 base points = shorter than 2 hour races
  • Time-Based Relay Races:
    • Same as Time-Based formula above but with 1/2 the above base points of the total team effort are contributed to team’s declared Series Club/Team…
    • Td / Wd x (base points / 2) = score
    • A scoring relay team must meet the eligibility requirements described here.

*Winning time or distance is gender (Male/Female) specific.

Last-Runner-Standing Points Formula (ex: Constant laps on a schedule until one runner remains)

Yd / Wd x base points = score

Yd – your distance
Wd – winning distance**

  • Ultra division base points:
    • 100 base points = 100M or more run by the winner
    • 90 base points = 100K to sub-100M run by the winner
    • 85 base points = 50M to sub-100K run by the winner
    • 80 base points = > 26.2M (greater than a Marathon) to sub-50M run by the winner
  • Trail division base points:
    • 100 base points = 25M to Marathon (26M) run by the winner
    • 95 base points = 30K (18.6M) to sub-25M (< 25M) run by the winner
    • 90 base points = Half Marathon (13.1M) to sub-30K (< 18.6M) run by the winner
    • 85 base points = 10K (6.2M) to sub-Half Marathon (< 13.1M) run by the winner
    • 75 base points = sub-10K (< 6.2M) run by the winner

**Winning time or distance is *NOT* gender (Male/Female) specific.

EPIC RACES POINTS BONUS: Two of the Spring series’ races are so competitive, consistently attracting an elite group of national and international competitors, that we’ve decided to give an overall 10% (ten percent) base points bonus to ALL series members that finish them: Bandera 100K = 9 points bonus, and Rocky Raccoon 100M = 10 points bonus.

SMALL RACE ADJUSTMENT: On the flip-side of the coin to the above rule, we will apply a .9 points multiplier (a small points decrease) to races that only have 10 (ten) or less finishers per gender.

Greater-than 100 Mile Races, Stage Races, etc.

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.

Series Divisions

Each series (Spring/Fall) will have the following divisions in which you can score points:

  • Ultra – 50K and longer race distances
  • Trail – sub-50K and shorter race distances
  • Texan Nomad – 50K and longer race distances outside of the state of Texas (top 3 Overall, races subject to approval by the Texas Trail Championship)

Age Divisions

Your age group is set based on your age on the FIRST race in the series (Spring/Fall) you participate in. (Not YOUR first race in the series.)

The first Spring series race begins with Bandera in January.

The first Fall series race begins with Pedernales Falls in August.

Ultra Division

  • 29-and-under
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Trail Division

  • 18-and-under
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Texan Nomad Division

  • Overall: Top 3
  • Overall Masters: 1st place only M&F (Masters are age 50 and over)

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.
  2. Whomever scores higher at the last race in the Spring or Fall. If still tied, move to #3.
  3. Coin flip

Early Starters, Underachievers, & Overachievers

  • Some races permit an early start. BUT, you cannot do this & earn any points.
  • Some races allow runners to drop down to a shorter distance during a race. BUT, you cannot do this & earn any points.
  • Some races allow runners to step up to a longer distance during a race. BUT, you cannot do this & earn any points.
  • You can only earn points for the race that you registered for.

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.

Texan Nomad Division

A category for those of you Texans who wish to have fun in our series but prefer to run outside the great state of Texas.

  • More guidelines for the Texan Nomad Division can be found here.

About the series

The series was started a fun way to encourage friendly competition and recognize all the great runners in every age category.


The series is currently managed by:

Other founding members:

  • Ben Phenix
  • David Hanenburg

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.