Around 1990 Tejas Trails started from Joe and Joyce Prusaitis' love of trail running...plain and simple. After coming to a point where Joe was able to make a career change, the question Joyce asked was, "If you could do anything, what would you do?", and that's how they decided to try putting on trail runs. They called the business Tejas Trails. Tejas means "friendly". They didn't know all the ways to go about owning their own business, but they knew trail running, ultra running, and hard work. And they knew it better than most people around. They were pioneers in the off-road race directing world. Trail running was barely even a thing when they started the company.
They grew it from a single, friendly run into multiple races. They barely advertised the business, but more people kept coming. So they kept adding races and being asked to take over other races. Tejas Trails has grown to 15 total trail running races, several of which are USA National Championship events for multiple distances. Several events are included in national and international trail and mountain running race series. Major sponsors have asked to be involved and rookie and elite runners are showing up from all over the country and world.
In 2015, Joe and Joyce decided they were ready to move toward retirement, so they brought Chris and Krissy McWatters in. Chris has been a competitive runner for a long time and has finished some of the longest and toughest endurance competitions on the planet. He even has a course record, and some wins and top places in some of Tejas Trails' past races. He has been in race directing for a long time as well. With much humility and appreciation for what these races offer people, Chris and Krissy gave Tejas Trails a new tagline. "Tejas Trails, more than just trail running..."
Many of our runners are familiar with another well known and much loved race director in Central Texas: Brad Quinn, of Traverse Running. Brad and Nyla Quinn founded Traverse Running in 2006 and hosted the first annual Capt’n Karl’s Night Time Trail, which was the first night time trail race in Texas. Though Traverse Running operated a separate company from Tejas Trails, Brad and Joe worked together for years on races hosted by both companies. Tejas Trails and Traverse Running events have grown and cultivated a strong trail running community in Texas and beyond, attracting runners from all 50 states and dozens of countries. In June of 2016, Traverse Running and Tejas Trails announced the merger of the two race companies. Tejas Trails and the former Traverse Running events will be directed by the McWatters and Quinns, all under the Tejas Trails banner.
Both Brad and Chris see the merger of their race companies as the natural next step in the Tejas Trails/Traverse Running story. They intend to push harder than ever to help the trail running community around the world, and especially in Texas, continue to push themselves.
This is where you come in. These running events can simply give you a good challenge for the day, or offer some fun for a weekend. But most likely what you'll find is more than just trail running... it's community...it's family...it's serenity...it's a break from chaos...it's testing...it's translatable to the rest of life...it's life changing...
We are humbled that you are racing or volunteering at one or some of our events. You can trust that we are working our hardest to find scenic courses that are as beautiful and unique as possible. You will find looped races with an unbelievable amount of aid station and medical support. We keep courses open a long time for runners trying to make their first attempt at a long race or for those who don't plan on going fast...ever. We also have the fastest of the fast at our races if you are wanting to test yourself at the state, national, and international levels.
One of our favorite things in the entire world is watching our story, the Tejas Trails story, become a part of your story...
If you come out to a race, be sure to find us and say hi. We're here for you and your family on raceday, before, and after.
- The McWatters, Quinn, & Prusaitis families