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5k, 10k, 15k, 25k, and 50k

December 1, 2018

The Urban Ultra - Houston

The Race

5k, 10k, 15k, 25k & 50k 

Urban Region:  Houston

Unlike other cites, the well developed trail system that runs at the feet of massive skyscrapers will leave you dizzy and wanting more. This night time race will showcase the best of the Houston skyline.


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 Race

The Course

Known for its architectural prowess, the Houston skyline boasts some of the tallest building in the state. Unlike other cites, the well developed trail system that runs at the feet of massive skyscrapers will leave you dizzy and wanting more. Lined by blue lights that mimic the moon's phases, the Urban Ultra Houston showcases a unique view of one of the nation's largest cities. 

We will start the race in the evening and watch the skyline and night come alive as the sun goes down. This is an urban trail run mainly on paved trails. The looped course will be run at night so racers will need to bring a headlamp. This race is designed to allow road runners to crossover and get the trail experience. 


If you are looking for a unique experience where you can break into the ultra scene, then this is the race for you.

Start and Finish Times

The Start and Finish will be near the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works

  • 2:00 pm - 50k start

  • 4:30 pm - 15k, 25k start

  • 5:30 pm - 10k start

  • 5:30 pm - 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 9:00 pm on December 1, 2018. 



Course Markings

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



Course Difficulty 

1 = Flat / Fast course with little elevation gain or loss on a non-technical terrain.








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


Aid stations will be conveniently located every 2-3 miles on the looped course.​

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

This race is designed for beginners or those looking to set a PR. At every level, training can help you prepare.  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 a 2018 Urban Ultra Race Shirt if they register by November 5, 2018.


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

Winner Awards


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

Pictures and Video


FRIDAY – November 30, 2018

4 - 6 pm      Packet Pick Up at REI Houston

SATURDAY – December 1, 2018

12:00 pm    Venue opens on the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center

2:00 pm      50k Race Start

4:30 pm      25k Race Start

5:30 pm      10k Race Start

5:30 pm      5k Race Start      

9:00 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.

Giving Back

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. Recently completed, the Buffalo Bayou Park project includes major destinations, natural landscaping, footpaths, hike and bike trails, comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs, trail lighting, water features and pedestrian bridges.


Parking, Lodging and Travel 



1643 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007

PLEASE NOTE: Observe all parking signs and do not park illegally. The event is not responsible for violations, towing, damages or theft. Registrants are responsible for any parking fees, if they apply,


The closest airports are:

William P. Hobby Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Directions to the Start

The race starts at the:


Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works

105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007


The closest hotels are in downtown Houston, Texas.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown

Hyatt Regency Houston

Best Western Plus Downtown Inn & Suites


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.



Online registration is quick and easy.



Registration is open

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - RACE DAY

12:00 pm - Registration will remain open until the start of each race at the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works

Early Registration Discounts

Sign up early to get the best pricing.

  • Best Discount - Before September 1, 2018

  • Good Discount - Before November 1, 2018

  • Standard Pricing - After November 1, 2018

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are multiple sponsorship levels available. 

Title Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

Get all the Sponsorship Package Details.  

Contact us with questions. 




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