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 competition has two tracks.  A runner can compete in one or both.

Ultra Cup - A competitive track where individuals earn points based on race distance and time, and compete against other Ultra Cup participants

Eco Challenge - A completion track where Individuals complete all eight (8) Eco Series Races within a two (2) consecutive year timeframe that begins the day you register

REGISTRATION

COSTS

Ultra Cup – $20*

Eco Challenge – $20*

 

*Plus tax and registrations fees

ULTRA CUP – Completion Track

  • The Ultra Cup entry fee is $20 per year plus tax and registration fees

  • Individuals can sign up at any time throughout the 2023 calendar year

    • If an individual registers before April 1, 2023, any qualifying Eco Series Races between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023 will be included in his/her scoring

    • If an individual registers after March 31, 2023, only qualifying Eco Series Races after March 31, 2023 are included in his/her scoring

  • Grace period (applies after 03.31.23) – If an individual registers by Tuesday at 11:59 central following a race start date, his/her registration will be included in that qualifying ace

  • A runner must be officially registered, or within the grace period, for his/her points to count

  • All runners are responsible for their own race registration

  • Virtual races are not included

 

ECO CHALLENGE – Completion Track

  • The Eco Challenge entry fee is $20 for up to a two (2) consecutive year timeframe, plus tax and registration fees

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

  • A participant is given up to two (2) years from the day they register for the Eco Challenge to complete the challenge. Once a participant completes all eight races, they receive their award and their challenge ends.

  • If a participant reaches the point where they will not be able to complete their challenge within the timeframe, they are notified and removed from the challenge.

  • A person can sign up at any time and their challenge begins the day they register, or within the grace period

  • Grace period – If an individual registers by Tuesday at 11:59 central following a race start date, his/her registration will be included in that qualifying race

  • A runner must be officially registered, or within the grace period, for his/her points to count

  • All runners are responsible for their own race registration

  • Virtual races are not included

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

SCORING

Scoring begins after a registered participant completed his/her first qualifying Eco Series Race. Ultra Expeditions is using a Distance Based Points 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

75k = 46.6 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

TIEBREAKER

A tiebreaker only applies to the end of year series rankings, and is determined by the high score at the last race in the current series. 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 active year

Ultra Cup Results are the final scores for the active year and will be reported following the last qualifying Eco Series Race 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 – AWARDS

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

Second Place Male and Female in each age group win $200 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

  • A participant can win more than one competition

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

  • Discount codes are good for any Ultra Expeditions race

  • Discount codes cannot be combined and are not transferable (i.e. only one discount code can used per race registration)

  • If a discount is used that exceeds the registration price, the balance is forfeited

  • Discount awards cannot be gifted or given to any persons

  • All winners receive personalized coupon codes that equal the value of the award. All coupon codes have a value of $50 or $100 each.

  • Code usage is strictly monitored and enforced. Only the winners can use these codes. They cannot be transferred, shared or used by, or to register another runner. Anybody caught not following these rules will forfeit their award and be banned from all UE races with no refunds.

ECO CHALLENGE

  • Discounts expire one year from the day the winner completes the challenge - this includes race registration and participation.

  • Any unused balance not used within the year is lost and does not carry over.

ULTRA CUP

  • Discount codes are good for any Ultra Expeditions race in the following year.

  • Any balance not used is lost and does not carry over to the next year, or later.

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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