Series Rules

The Texas Trail Running Eco Series

Here, you'll find rules, eligibility requirements, scoring notes and other important information for The Texas Trail Running Eco Series.

ULTRA CUP and ECO CHALLENGE

The Ultra Expeditions Texas Trail Running Eco Series offers runners a chance to experience eight (8) unique races through seven (7) amazing ecoregions. The competitions is split into three tracks.  A runner can compete in one, two or all three.

Ultra Cup Team - A competitive track where teams compete for points

Ultra Cup Individual - A competitive track where individuals compete for points

Eco Challenge - A completion track where Individuals complete all eight (8) Eco Series Races over a two (2) consecutive year timeframe

REGISTRATION

FEES

Ultra Cup Team Captain – $20*

Ultra Cup Team Member – $10

Ultra Cup Individual – $20

Eco Challenge – $20

 

*Team Captain includes the Captain fee and the Team Member fee. 

ULTRA CUP – TEAM RULES

  • The Team Captain entry fee is $20 / year. The team captain is automatically considered a Team Member and is not required to pay the addition fee of $10.

  • The Team Member entry fee is $10 / year.

  • Teams are comprised of a minimum of two (2) team members with no maximum number of team members.

  • The Team Captain must complete the registration process before team members can join the team.

  • The Captain is responsible for creating a team profile and managing his/her team.

  • The Team Captain determines if the Team is OPEN or CLOSED.

    • Anybody can join an OPEN team

    • CLOSED teams are comprised of people invited by the Team Captain.

  • OPEN TEAM selection begins on February 1, 2021. A person can sign up to be on a team and then select the team during qualifying times.  NOTE: Deadlines for qualifying allocated points are still in effect.

  • Team members can join a team any time throughout the 2021 calendar year.

    • If a team member registers to join a team before April 1, 2021, any qualifying eco-series race between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021 will be included in the team scoring.

    • If a team member registers to join a team after March 31, 2021, only qualifying eco-series races after March 31, 2021 are included in the team scoring.

  • A person MUST complete the official registration process to join a team. Telling somebody that you want to be on a team – even an Ultra Expeditions owner, employee and volunteer – does not qualify.

  • A person must be officially registered as part of the team for their individual points to count toward the team.

  • A person can only be registered as a member of one (1) Team.

  • All runners are responsible for their own race registration.

  • A list of teams is available on the Ultra Expeditions website and updated as new teams are created.

  • Individual runners MUST join a team on the official registration page.

 

ULTRA CUP – INDIVIDUAL RULES

  • The Ultra Cup Individual entry fee is $20 / year.

  • Individuals can sign up at any time throughout the 2021 calendar year.

    • If an individual registers before April 1, 2021, any qualifying eco-series race between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021 will be included in his/her scoring.

    • If an individual registers to join a team after March 31, 2021, only qualifying eco-series races after March 31, 2021 are included in his/her scoring.

  • A runner must be officially registered for his/her points to count.

  • All runners are responsible for their own race registration.

ECO CHALLENGE RULES

  • The Eco Challenge entry fee is $20 for a two (2) consecutive year timeframe.

  • Eco Challenge competitors must complete all eight (8) Eco Series Races within the specified timeframe, to receive the award.

  • All runners are responsible for their own race registration.

  • A person can sign up at any time throughout the 2021 calendar year.

  • If an individual registers before April 1, 2021, any qualifying eco-series race between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021 will be included in his/her scoring.

  • Any person who registered for the Eco Challenge prior to May 30, 2020 has until May 30, 2022 to complete their challenge.

SCORING

Ultra Expeditions is using a Distance Based Point formula for The Texas Trail Running Eco Series.  

formula: score = (Wt / Yt) * Bp

Key

Wt = winning time (gender specific: male and female)

Yt = your time

Bp = base points

Base Points (Bp) Earned

100m = 100 base points

100k = 62 base points

50k = 31 base points

50m = 50 base points

26.2m = 26.2 base points (Marathon)

25k = 15.5 base points

13.1m = 13.1 base points (Half Marathon)

10k = 6.2 base points

5k = 3.1 base points

SCORING DETAILS

  • Ultra Cup Teams – Only the top 10 individual runner points within a registered team will count toward the total team points​.

  • Ultra Cup Individual – Scoring begins after a person has completed one qualifying race.

  • Eco Challenge –

    • This completion challenge also uses a Points Based formula to determine the award size / level. Points are the distance ran (e.g. 13.1 miles = 13.1 points).

    • The Trail Award is below 210 points and The Ultra Award is 210 points and above.

    • If a person completes the same qualifying race twice within their active period, the greater distance is used in the final scoring. Points from only one instance of the same race count toward the total.

TIEBREAKER

A tiebreaker sequence only applies to the end of the year series rankings.

  1. The high score at the last race in the current series

  2. In the case there is still a tie, it will be decided by a coin flip

STANDING AND RESULTS REPORTING

Ultra Cup Standings are reported after the first qualifying eco-series race of the 2021 year.

Ultra Cup Results are the final scores for the 2021 year and will be reported following the qualifying eco races of the season.

Eco Challenge Standings and Results are reported after each qualifying eco series race.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

AGE GROUPS

Your age is set for the entire year based on your age at the time of the first race in the series. Not the first race you run in the series.

29 years and under

30 - 39 years

40 - 49 years

50 - 59  years

60 years and over

ULTRA CUP – TEAM AWARDS

First Place Team receives $500 in prizes and discounts and a traveling trophy with the winning team name engraved. The traveling trophy is past to the new winning team every year.

Second Place Team receives $250 in prizes and discounts

ULTRA CUP – INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

First Place Male and Female in each age group win $400 in prizes and discounts

ECO CHALLENGE – AWARDS

Ultra Awards - 210 points and above Receives $200 in prizes and discounts

Trail Awards - below 210  Receives $100 in prizes and discounts

AWARD DISCLAIMERS

  • All awards are prizes and discounts, with no cash substitute.

  • A person can win more than one competition. Awards cannot be combined and are not transferable.

  • It is the discretion of the Team Captain as how awards are distributed within the team (e.g. given to the runners based on the points they earned that contributed to the Team Win). Discount awards cannot be gifted or given to any persons who were not an official team member.

Terms

Ultra Expeditions LLC reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this program at any time by posting the amended updates. Please check these back periodically for changes.

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