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2023 REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Piney Woods Ultra

ECO SERIES FOREST

Tyler State Park, Tyler Texas
5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k
September 23, 2023

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Eco Trail Race

5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k

The diverse, single-track trails at Tyler State Park will take you on an adventure through dense forests of 100-foot-tall pines.  This race is an underestimated challenge.

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Volunteer

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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Sponsor

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 Trail Race

The Course

Tyler State Park is home to the renowned East Texas pine forest. These diverse, single-track trails will take you on an adventure through dense forests of 100-foot-tall pines. Be sure to watch your footing as you travel through rolling hills and across snaking tree roots with dense pine needle coverage. This race is an extremely underestimated challenge with the humidity, elevation, and technicality of the trails. You’ll be rewarded with a 64-acre spring-fed lake that you can take a refreshing swim in while you rest and recover post-race. Are you ready for this challenge? 

Start and Finish Times

The Start and Finish is at the Blackjack Group Pavilion.

  • 50k, 100k – 6:00 am

  • 25k – 7:00 am

  • 5k, 10k – 7:30 am

CUTOFFS -

  • 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k – 5:00 pm

  • All racers must start their last lap - 9:00 pm

  • 100k - 12:00 midnight

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

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

PACERS - allowed at mile 50. Racers may meet their pacers at any aid station

Competitions

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

Course Markings

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

Maps

MAPS AND GUIDES

View park maps and explore the trails via the interactive map. 

Course Difficulty 

4 = Moderate to Strenuous course with some technical terrain over rolling countryside.

Results

Registration

RACE DAY

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 Pricing - April 3, 2023

  • Good Pricing - July 4, 2023

  • Standard Pricing - Race Day

Swag and Awards

RACE SHIRT - Guarantee a shirt, register by September 23, 2023

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

Race Pictures

Itinerary

FRIDAY – September 22, 2023

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

Blackjack Group Pavilion

SATURDAY – September 23, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 am        Registration and Packet Pick Up

Blackjack Group Pavilion

6:00 am                   50k, 100k

7:00 am                   25k      

7:30 am                   5k, 10k​

5:00 pm                   5k, 10k, 25k, 50k – cutoff

9:00 pm                   All racers must start their last lap

12:00 midnight       100k - cutoff

Aid Stations

Well stocked 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

LOCATIONS

  • Start and Finish Area: Blackjack Camping Area

  • Old Road Trail

  • Parking Lot: Group 3 Picnic Area Trail Head

  • Rock Dam Area

  • Old Road Trail

  • Most aid stations are manned by passionate volunteers - although some aid stations may be unmanned

Cupless Race

This is an environmentally friendly race. Please bring your refillable water bottles and we will refill them at the aid stations. It's our goal to keep the trails litter free to preserve their beauty.

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 >> 

Drop Bags

For distances of 50 miles and above racers are allowed to place drop bags at aid stations. Drop bags will need to have the aid station clearly marked on them and placed in the designated location at the start/finish area by the cutoff time. Drop bags will be returned to the start/ finish area as the course is picked up. Please see itinerary

Giving Back

We are happy to announce our beneficiary for The Piney Woods Ultra as the East Texas Trail Advocacy group (ETXTA).

The ETXTA, a chapter of IMBA, is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use, and purpose built trails within eastern Texas. ETXTA is a non-profit volunteer organization founded on principles of conservation ethics and promotes advocacy, respect and education to preserve great trail experiences.

Parking, Lodging and Travel 

Park Entrance and Parking

Tyler State Park

789 Park Rd. 16

Tyler, Texas 75706

903.597.5338

PLEASE NOTE: The park may collect fees for entrance and/or parking that are not covered in race registration.  The park will be open for racers to arrive and leave.  Please pay at the Visitors Center if arriving after scheduled hours. Contact Tyler State Park State Park for more information.

Camping

Camping is available at Tyler State Park. For reservations or further information, please contact Tyler State Park at 903.597.5338.

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

Directions to the Trail

The Trail Race starts at the Blackjack Camping Area.

 

Tyler State Park

789 Park Rd. 16

Tyler, Texas 79255

903.597.5338

Hotels

The closest hotels are located in Lindale, Texas

Airports

The closest airports are:

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Our Amazing Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

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Multiple Sponsorship Packages available.

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