The Piney Woods Ultra


Run the Piney Woods Ultra at
Tyler State Park, Tyler Texas
5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k
September 18, 2021

Trail Race

5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k  

Eco Region:  Forest

Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. 


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!


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

Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trail. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover.

As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won't want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. 

Start and Finish Times

The Start and Finish is at the Blackjack Group Pavilion. It is highly recommended that racers arrive by Friday evening to attend the race briefing at 6:00 pm at the Amphitheater.

  • 100k – 7:00 am start

  • 25K and 50k – 7:30 am start

  • 5k and 10k – 8:00 am start

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.



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

The race will be marked with in ground flagging and color coordinated directional signage for each race distance.​



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.









Aid Stations

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

  • 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


  • 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. Contact us for more information.

Race Shirts, Medals and Awards

Everyone registered will receive an Piney Woods Ultra race shirt if they register by August 28, 2021.


Finishers of the 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k will receive beautiful, custom designed medals based on availability.

Winner Awards


Top Male and Top Female for each race. Awards will be emailed after the race ends.

Pictures and Video


FRIDAY – September 17, 2021

4 - 6 pm       Packet Pick Up at Blackjack Group Pavilion

SATURDAY – September 18, 2021

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 19, 2021

1 am           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.


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 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.

  • Best Discount - Before April 1, 2020

  • Good Discount - Before May 1, 2020

  • Standard Pricing - After May 1, 2020


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.

Contact us for more information.  Or, sign up now.

Parking, Lodging and Travel 

Park Entrance and Parking

Tyler State Park

789 Park Rd. 16

Tyler, Texas 75706


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 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



The closest hotels are:

Hampton Inn Lindale, TX 

Best Western Lindale, TX 

Comfort Suites Lindale, TX 


The closest airports are:

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are multiple sponsorship levels available. 

Title Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

Get all the Sponsorship Package Details.  

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