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Barrier Island Ultra


Mustang Island - Port Aransas, Texas
5k, 10k, 13.1mi, 26.2mi, 50k, 50mi
November 9, 2024


Eco Trail Race

5k, 10k, 13.1mi, 26.2mi 50k, 50mi

Run by the Gulf of Mexico through the wind and sea spray, over hard-packed sand, while waves lap at your feet. This is a true bucket list race!

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Join the Fun

As a Volunteer, you are the person that gives the runner the support and motivation to continue. We know how  important each of you are to the entire day and promise you a fun and rewarding experience.

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Great Opportunity

This is a great opportunity to share your company, brand and services with a large and targeted group. As a sponsor of one or more events, you can select from the multiple sponsorship levels available.

The Race

The Course

If you love all things “ocean” this is the race for you! Join us in Port Aransas and run along the Gulf of Mexico on a course entirely of sand. You choose your challenge – hard-packed sand near the water or softer sand near the road. Enjoy the sun and the sound of wind and the waves. 

After your race, hang with us on the beach, have an ice-cold drink and food from The Beach Lodge. Or, enjoy some shopping and sight-seeing in town. Make a vacation out of your race and enjoy the time with friends, family, and the UE Team.

Start and Finish Times

Start and Finish for all distances are at The Beach Lodge in Port Aransas

6:00 am     50 mile 

7:00 am     26.2mi, 50k

7:30 am     13.1mi 

8:00 am     5k,10k


3:00 pm     5k, 10k, 13.1mi, 25.2mi, 50k

7:00 pm     50mi

RACE BRIEFINGS - begin 10 minutes prior to race start time, at the start line


RACES START - on the scheduled time for each distance and late starts are not accommodated​


YES - this race is part of the Texas Trail Running Eco Series - Eco Challenge


Course Markings

Races are marked with in-ground flagging and directional signage for each distance.



View and explore the trails via park maps.


Course Difficulty 

2 = Easy to Moderate course with little to no elevation gain or loss. 100% of the course footing is on hard packed sand.



Registration will remain open until the start of each distance - unless otherwise noted and/or the the race is Sold Out


A runner can step up or down in race distance up until the official race start time. After race start, changes in distances result in a DNF.


Change your distance online now

Early Registration Discounts

Sign up early for best pricing


Last day for

  • Best Discount - April 15, 2024

  • Good Discount - August 5, 2024

  • Standard Pricing - Race Day

Swag and Awards

RACE SHIRT - Guarantee a shirt, register by October 20, 2024

MEDAL - All finishers receive a custom designed medal

AWARDS - The first place Male and Female in each race distance, receive an award

Award notifications are sent via email


FRIDAY – November 8, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm       Packet Pick Up / Registration

                                Beach Lodge 

SATURDAY – November 9, 2024

5:30 - 8:00 am      Packet Pick Up / Registration

                               Beach Lodge

6:00 am                 50mi start

7:00 am                 26.2mi, 50k start 

7:30 am                 13.1mi start

8:00 am                 5k, 10k start

3:00 pm                 5k, 10k, 13.1mi, 26.2mi, 50k cutoff

7:00 pm                 50mi cutoff

Aid Stations

Well stocked Aid Stations manned by passionate volunteers and unmanned aid stations, provide:

  • First Aid:  Band-Aids, Vaseline, and other basic first aid supplies

  • Food/Drink:  Crazy Water, electrolytes, various salty, sweet and savory snacks


Aid stations will be conveniently located every 3-5 miles on the out and back course.​

Cupless Race

This is an environmentally friendly race and it is our goal to keep the trails litter free to preserve their beauty. 


Cups won't be supplied during this racing event.  Please bring your refillable water bottles and we will refill them at the aid stations.

Training / Coaching

At every level, proper training can help you prepare for success. Ultra Expeditions has certified coaches and offers individual and group training packages. Learn More >> 

Parking, Lodging and Travel 

Park Entrance and Parking

Beach Lodge
2016 On the Beach Dr.
Port Aransas, TX 78373



PLEASE NOTE: The beach/park may collect fees for entrance and/or parking that are not covered in race registration. The beach will be open for racers to arrive and leave.  Please pay for your parking pass at city hall, the chamber of commerce, local grocery stores, or at various businesses and vendors in town or on the beach. Contact the city of Port Aransas for more information.

Directions to the Start

All race distances start and finish at the Beach Lodge in Port Aransas



The closest hotels are in Port Aransas, Texas.

Best Western

400 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373



Camping is available at Mustang Island State Park and beach camping is available on public beaches with a permit.

PLEASE NOTE:  Ultra Expeditions is not responsible for any missing or damaged property, or any accidents.

ALSO NOTE: The parks/city may collect fees for entrance and/or parking that are not covered in race registration. Contact Mustang Island State Park or the City of Port Aransas for more information.


The closest airports are:

Corpus Christi International Airport

Our Amazing Sponsors

Race Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

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Multiple Sponsorship Packages available.

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