ECO SERIES PRAIRIES
Run the historic Chaparral Trail in Farmersville Texas
5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and 50k
October 16, 2021
5k, 10k, Half & Full Marathon, 50k
Eco Region: Prairies
Be a part of our annual Oktoberfest. Races all run on the Chaparral Trail, previously used by the railroad. Then, celebrate at a festival with free food and a biergarten for runners and volunteers.
Call for Volunteers
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!
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 Trail Race
The trail races are on the converted Chaparral Trail. The trail was used as the railroad right-of-way and now converted to a multi-use trail. The race begins at the historic Onion Shed, a restored building from the 1930s that was once used a loading dock for the onion industry.
The first 2.5 miles of the route is paved and when that ends, expect a crushed-stone surface for trail running. The out and back route is flat and fast and is partially covered under a canopy of trees and beautiful country scenic views that feels remote and forested.
Start and Finish Times
The Start and Finish will be near the Onion Shed
7:00 am - 50k start
7:00 am - Marathon start
8:00 am - Half Marathon start
10:00 am 10k start
10:00 am 5k start
Race Briefings: Begin promptly, 20 minutes prior to race start time, at the start line.
NOTE: All races start at the scheduled time. Late starts will not be accommodated.
The cutoff for all distances is 3:00 pm.
The race will be marked with in ground flagging and color coordinated directional signage for each race distance.
1 = Flat / Fast course with little elevation gain or loss on a non-technical terrain.
Well stocked Aid Stations manned by passionate volunteers, provide
First Aid: Band-Aids, Vaseline, and other basic first aid supplies
Food/Drink: Water, electrolyte drinks, and various salty, sweet and savory snacks
0.0 miles - Start/Finish/Turnaround
1.5 miles - Farmersville
5.7 miles - Merritt
9.7 miles - Merritt
13.9 miles - Farmersville
15.4 miles - Start/Finish/Turnaround
NOTE: Some aid stations may be unmanned
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. Contact us for more information.
Race Shirts, Medals and Awards
Everyone registered will receive an Oktoberfest race shirt if they register by September 25, 2021.
Finishers of the 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, and 50k will receive beautiful, custom designed medals.
Top Male and Top Female for each race. Awards will be emailed after the race ends.
Pictures and Video
FRIDAY – OCTOBER 15, 2021
SATURDAY – OCTOBER 16, 2021
6 - 10 am Packet Pick Up at the Farmersville Best Center
6 - 10 am Registration at the Farmersville Best Center
7:00 am 50k and Marathon Race Start
8:00 am Half Marathon Race Start
10:00 am 5k and 10k Race Start
3:00 pm Cutoff for all distances
NOTE: Race briefings begin promptly, 20 minutes prior to race start time, at the start line. Racers may only register for each event up until that distances start time. Racers may only drop in distances prior to race start. If they choose to drop during the race they will receive a DNF.
We are happy to announce our beneficiary for the Oktoberfest Trail Festival as the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition. When completed the Northeast Texas Trail (NETT), otherwise known as the Chaparral Trail, will be the longest hike, bike and equestrian trail in Texas and the 4th longest in the U.S., totaling 131 miles. It traverses 19 rural towns and 7 counties linking population centers, community facilities, work places, neighborhoods, schools, recreation areas, open space and cultural/historical areas.
Online registration is quick and easy.
Registration is Open. Register Now
Saturday, October 16 - RACE DAY
6:00 am - Registration will remain open until the start of each race
154 S. Main Street, Farmersville, TX 75442
Early Registration Discounts
Sign up early to get the best pricing.
Best Discount - Before April 1, 2021
Good Discount - Before May 1, 2021
Standard Pricing - After May 1, 2021
Be part of the fun and volunteer. We promise you a great time.
All of our volunteers receive discounts toward future races and enjoy free food, beverages and parking.
There are opportunities to man aid stations, registration and help at the start and finish lines.
Parking, Lodging and Travel
400 Merit Street, Farmersville, TX 75442
100 S. Rike Street, Farmersville, TX 75442
Directions to the Trail
The Trail Race starts at the
154 S. Main Street, Farmersville, TX 75442
There is no cost to camp Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon on race weekend.
1687 Old Josephine Road, Farmersville, TX 75442
Safety is a priority. We will have security driving by, and through the campsite, throughout the night. Please take all needed precautions and lock up all valuables.
PLEASE NOTE: Camping includes bathrooms, but no showers and running water.
ALSO NOTE: Ultra Expeditions is not responsible for any missing or damaged property, or any accidents.
Holiday Inn is offering a discounted rate of $118 per night.
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