Series Rules & Eligibility (updated for 2018)

The Basics: Individual Runner

  • Join the Texas Trail Championship Series before your first series race. The membership is good for the remainder of the calendar year. Follow the instructions for Individual Membership registration here.
  • Finish at least 1 (one) race in the Ultra (50K and longer) and/or Trail (sub-50K and shorter) division to be eligible for awards. Your top four (4) scores will count for final scoring.

The Basics: Optional Trail Running Club / Team Category

  • Individual: Choose a Club / Team during the Individual Membership registration process described here.
  • Club/Team Captains: Register your Club or Team for the entire year, regardless of how many members, which includes both Spring and Fall series, by following the Club / Team Membership instructions here.
  • Top 10 individual runner points within a registered Club / Team will count towards Ultra and Trail club awards for each series (Spring/Fall) within the calendar year.
  • See the Club Requirements section below for more detailed club / team competition rules.

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

Series Membership Requirements

  • You must be registered with the Texas Trail Championship Series. You DO NOT have to be a resident of Texas. Get your series membership here.
  • Club/Team Captains can register their team with the Series here.
  • You must register with the Texas Trail Championship Series prior to your first series race (Spring or Fall) with the following exceptions:
    • The “retroactive points due date”:
    • Spring Series – The Spring Series technically starts after the last race of the previous Fall Series is completed. If you register by February 1, any previous Spring series races will be eligible to have points scored. Example: If you register with the series on January 28, your Bandera result (January race) will count towards your series points.
    • Fall Series – The Fall Series technically starts after the last race of the previous Spring Series is completed. If you register by September 1, any previous Fall series races will be eligible to have points scored.
    • The above dates are often referred to as the “retroactive points due-date,” which provide an incentive to Clubs and friends to recruit trail running friends to sign-up for the series, but also minimize surprise points and rankings shifts caused by late series registrations.

Club Category

At the end of each series (Spring/Fall), awards go to the Club with the most total points in each division (Ultra/Trail). Points are based on the club’s top 10 runners. Winning clubs get a club trophy worthy of some serious bragging rights.

Club Requirements

  • Your Club must be registered with the Texas Trail Championship Series before any race in which you wish to collect series points for your club.
  • You can belong to only one Club in the series during the Spring or Fall. You are committed to the Club you associated yourself with after the retroactive points date (mentioned above), which is also the “club lock-in date”. You can change clubs at the beginning of the next series (Spring or Fall).
  • The Club member must be associated with their desired Series-registered Club before the “club lock-in date” and before their series race in order for their Club to receive their points contribution.

Race Entry Discount for Champions

Each age group champion will receive 50% entry discount into the subsequent race series.

If you win your age group for both the Trail and Ultra divisions within one series (Spring/Fall), you receive a 100% entry discount into the next subsequent series (Spring/Fall).

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. This mostly covers end of the year awards along with some minor costs for website hosting and other maintenance. The amount varies year-to-year based on the prior year’s costs and expected outlay for the next year. Any excess is rolled into the next year to reduce the fee for returning races.
  • 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.

Starting in Fall 2018:

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.

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.

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 Colorado Bend 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

  • Top 3 Overall

Masters awards are for age 50 and over, 1st place M & F.

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.

Relay Races

Relay Races currently only award points to series Club/Teams via eligible relay race teams (no individual points). More details on how relay race points can be earned for a Club/Team can be found here.

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 club contribution points. If a Relay Race is also part of the multi-race event, it is considered separate and a runner may also participate in that relay race and have those points additionally contribute to their club (assuming their relay team is eligible, see Relay Race rules).

Texan Nomad Division (started in 2017)

We have decided to try an entirely new category for those of you Texans who wish to have fun int 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.