Series Rules & Eligibility
New for 2017: Series Rules & Eligibility
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 three (3) series races 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.
Biggest Updates for 2017
- Lower annual membership fee, now $23 ($20 + processing fees), good for the entire year, no USATF membership required. Check out the new, simplified registration process for 2017 here
- MANY new trail races and distances added to both the Spring and Fall Series to add to the fun! Check out the new 2017 Race Calendar.
- Updated base point values to give more weight to race distance yet keep all races relevant to the series.
- New “Texan Nomad Division” described by Joe Prusaitis below.
- New way for Club/Teams to earn points in Relay Races described here.
- Lower Club / Team membership registration fee, now $33.50 ($30 + processing fees), good for the entire year
New 2017 Texan Nomad Division
We have decided to try an entirely new category for those of you who wish to contribute but prefer to run outside the great state of Texas. It may take a few tries to get this right, bur here’s our first try at making this happen:
- More guidelines for the Texan Nomad Division can be found here.
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 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.
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.
- 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).
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.
- Your top four race scores within a division (Ultra/Trail) will be used for series (Spring/Fall) standings. You MUST complete three division races to be eligible for series awards.
- Men and Women are scored separately.
Distance Based Points Formula (ex: 5K race, 100M 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 = 50K to sub-50M races
- Trail division base points:
- 100 base points = Marathon (26M) to sub-50K races
- 90 base points = Half Marathon (13M) to sub-Marathon races
- 75 base points = 10K to sub-Half Marathon races
- 70 base points = shorter than 10K races
Time Based Points Formula (ex: 9 hour race, 3 hour 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
*Winning time or distance is 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.
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)
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.
Texan Nomad Division
- Top 3 Overall
Masters awards are for age 50 and over, 1st place M & F.
- 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.
- Points from 5th race (if they did 5 races) added to their total. If still tied, move to #2.
- Whomever scores higher at the last race in the Spring or Fall. If still tied, move to #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 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).
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 managed by:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.