Piney Woods Ultra

ECO SERIES FOREST

Run the Piney Woods Ultra at
Tyler State Park, Tyler Texas
5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k
September 23, 2023

Trail Race

5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k  

Eco Region:  Forest

Run through pine-covered trails and rooty, rolling hills on single-track trails in the dense pine forest of Tyler State Park. This race is an underestimated challenge – are you up for it?

Volunteer

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!

Sponsor

Multiple Packages

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.

  • 100k – 7:00 am start

  • 25K and 50k – 7:30 am start

  • 5k and 10k – 8:00 am start

Race briefings begin promptly, 10 minutes prior to race start time, at the start line.

NOTE:  All races start at the scheduled time.  Late starts will not be accommodated. Pacers are allowed after mile 50. Racers may meet their pacer at any aid station.

 

CUTOFFS

The cutoff for all distances is 1:00 am. All racers must start their last lap by 10:00 pm. A course sweeper will help you back to the finish line. 

Course Markings

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

 

MAPS AND GUIDES

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

COURSE MAP 

Course Difficulty 

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

Results

Aid Stations

Well stocked Aid Stations manned by passionate volunteers, provide

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

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

  • 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

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

*Some aid stations may be unmanned

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 >> 

Swag and Awards

RACE SHIRT - Guarantee a shirt, register by September 7, 2022

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 23, 2022

4 - 6 pm       Packet Pick Up at Blackjack Group Pavilion

SATURDAY – September 24, 2022

6 - 8 am       Packet Pick Up at Blackjack Group Pavilion

6 - 8 am       Registration at Blackjack Group Pavilion

6:30 am       Drop bag cutoff at Registration

7 am            100k Race Start

7:30 am       25k and 50k Race Start

8 am             5k and 10k Race Start

10 pm          All racers must start their last lap

SUNDAY – September 25, 2022

1 am           Cutoff for all distances

NOTE:  Race briefings begin promptly, 10 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.

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.

Registration

RACE DAY

Registration will remain open until the start of each distance - unless the race is Sold Out.

Early Registration Discounts

Sign up early to get the best pricing.

Last day for each price break.

  • Best Discount - March 31, 2022

  • Good Discount - April 30, 2022

  • Standard Pricing - Race Day

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.

ALSO NOTE: The park may collect fees for entrance and/or parking that are not covered in race registration.  Contact Tyler State Park for more information.

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:

Hampton Inn Lindale, TX 

Best Western Lindale, TX 

Comfort Suites Lindale, TX 

Airports

The closest airports are:

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

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