THE HILL COUNTRY TRIVIUM
- Entry dates:
- Early Entry is up until 4 weeks prior to race.
- Standard Entry Date is from 27 days prior to 7 days before race.
- Race Week Entry Date is from 6 days prior to start of race.
- Early Entry Date Cost (see Registration Page): SHIRTS ARE ONLY GUARANTEED FOR RUNNERS WHO REGISTER 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. However, we do promise you a cool piece of Tejas Trails apparel regardless of your registration date.
- Standard Entry Date cost = early cost + $10 (guaranteed cool piece of Tejas Trails apparel; no shirt).
- Race Week Entry Date cost = early cost + $20 (guaranteed cool piece of Tejas Trails apparel; no shirt).
- Entry policies
- No refunds.
- No roll-overs to next year.
- No transfers to another event.
- No mailing of shirts or packets before, during, or after the race (even if you pay for shipping)
- In case of cancellation (for any reason) there is no refund.
- Chip timing
- All races will be chip timed.
- Chips will be attached to an ankle strap & available on Sunday morning only. If you obtain your race packet prior to race day, you will NOT receive your chip. Again, arrive early Sunday morning, let use know your bib # & we will give your the corresponding chip/strap.
- If you don't hear a beep when you cross a timing mat, odds are good you didn't read. Please go back over the line, make sure you get a beep & notify the timing table if your chip isn't reading.
- Some races will have mid-point reads to help us track progress during the race. If you see a timing mat on the course, make sure you run over it & hear a beep.
- DNF (Did Not Finish), quitting, not-finishing, leaving the course, stopping, timing out.
- If you leave the race for any reason, you must turn in your chip. If we have your chip, then we know you have left the course. The only exception is that you finish the race. We either have a finish time or we have your chip.
- All runners must check in prior to starting (at the start line) by walking over the mat either before the race or at the start of the race. This allows us to know you are here to begin with. Picking up your event packet does not mean you started the race. We need to know you are out there on the course. That is what the pre-race check in is for. This is very important!
- Medical: Yes....we will have medical at the start/finish (Paramedic, First Responder &/or Emergency Medical Technicians).
WHAT IS A “CUP-LESS” OR "CUP-FREE" RACE?
Why cupless? Tejas Trails is committed to reducing our environmental foot print & events like ours can use tens of thousands of cups annually. If you are unable to bring your own container, don't let it discourage you from running! We will have disposable water bottles you can take with you, in case you forget yours. Suggestions include hand held water bottles, hydration packs & collapsible cups.
10k = 10k // 13.1 = Thirteener // 26.2 = Marathon // 50k = Ultra
(well, technically an Ultra is anything beyond 26.2 miles but 50k is the Hill Country Trivium Ultra)
WHAT IS THE RACE COURSE LIKE?
Course Overview: Updated 2017 Course Info
- All Participants running the Ultra, Marathon, Thirteener & 10k will all start out by completing a lap around the Marble Falls Mustang track.
- Then all runners will head down a small grassy embankment, across a soccer field & out on a very short gravel road connector to a residential neighborhood, then on to Mormon Mill Rd (the old Hwy 281, which connected Marble Falls to Burnet).
- The course heads north on a four/double lane road for approximately 1.5 miles through semi-residential areas. The road then narrows to two/single lane as runners hit the rural sections of the course. From here there are very few homes & lots of ranch land, curvy roads & gentle hills.
- The Ultra, Marathon & Thirteener runners turn right on CR 341 at the first main intersection/Intersection Aid Station. This is a steep & hilly section. Runners go approx 2.5 miles to the top of the hill & hit the next aid station/ Thirteener Aid Station. Here Thirteener runners ONLY turn around & head back to the main intersection/ Intersection Aid Station.
- Marathon & Ultra runners continue PAST the Thirteener Aid Station approx 1.0 miles to the Marathon/Ultra Turnaround Aid Station #1 (end of CR 341; intersection of CR 341 & Hwy 1431). Here, Marathon & Ultra runners turnaround & head back towards the Thirteener & Intersection Aid Stations.
- The Thirteener runners then take a left on CR 340 (south)/Intersection Aid Station & head back to Mustang Stadium, while the Marathon & Ultra runners take a right on CR 340 & head north towards Burnet. Marathon runners will go approx 2.10 miles, hit the Marathon Turnaround Aid Station #2, then reverse direction & take CR 340 (south) back & complete the exact same course they just ran...hence a true "out & back course". Ultra runners will go approx 2.45 miles PAST the Marathon Turnaround Aid Station #2, hit the Ultra Turnaround Aid Station, then reverse direction & take CR 340 (south) back & complete the exact same course they just ran...hence a true "out & back course".
- All runners finish the course completing a lap around the quarter mile track at Mustang Stadium to cheering spectators, family & friends.
- NO PACERS ALLOWED...unless they are also registered runners.
10k Course Overview
- The 10k course follows the Thirteener, Marathon & Ultra course through residential & semi-residential areas for the first 1.5 miles then hits the country roads.
- The 10k runners will have one large hill to descend & then climb again near the turn around point.
General Course Notes
- The Ultra & Marathon runners will have five major hills & two long gradual hills; the Thirteeners will have two steep hilly sections to conquer along the way. The course has a few straight, flat sections but is mostly rolling hills & winding roads.
- There are numerous cattle guards on the course, for which we will lay down decking (at the right & left sides). The course also has a few low water crossings, which should not be a factor unless the weather patterns change this fall.
- Please check the map & elevation profile (2017 course) for more information.
- These are some of the most beautiful country roads in all of Texas & we know you will enjoy the wonderful vistas & solitary environment. Don't underestimate the challenging nature of the this course. It will give even the veteran runner a new perspective.
- The Ultra, Marathon & Thirteener course are on the following major roads: Mormon Mill Rd which turns into CR 340 outside the Marble Falls city limits & CR 341.
- The 10k runners are only on Mormon Mill/CR 340.
Right of Way
- Runners will ALWAYS be on the LEFT shoulder/lane of the road on both Mormon Mill Rd & the country roads, regardless of the direction you are running. These roads are not heavily traveled & we are planning on very little traffic. This is an out & back course, so when runners are returning to the stadium they are required to stay in their left-hand lane. Staying in the left lane/ on left shoulder is LAW & will be enforced by Marble Falls PD. Not following traffic laws & event policies will be cause for DQ & jeopardize the future of The Hill Country Trivium. Traffic cones will be placed along the course for a visual reminder barrier. Stay between the cones & the shoulder of the road at all times.
- When passing other runners, please use good etiquette (announce to runners you are passing). We will have volunteers, signage & cones marking the course to direct runners.
- Etiquette For Runners - required reading.
ARE WALKERS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HILL COUNTRY TRIVIUM?
Of course! We encourage runners, walkers & joggers of all speeds to join us! The same cut off time of 9 hours will apply whether you sprint, walk, run or two step your way along the course.
ARE BABY STROLLERS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Absolutely. We commend parents who are eager to make fitness a family affair!
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PACKET PICK UP?
There will be a few different options for the Hill Country Trivium packet pick up. Please Visit our Race Info Page for Full Itinerary
HOW MANY AID STATIONS WILL THERE BE AND WHAT WILL THE AID STATIONS HAVE?
There will be 6 Aid Stations along the course of the Ultra, 4 aid stations for the Marathon, 2 aid stations on the Thirteener course & 1 hydration station on the 10k course. Because this is an out & back course, several of these aid stations will be hit twice.
Total aid stations for each distance (including finish line):
The Ultra: 14
The Marathon: 12
The Thirteener: 4
The 10k: 2
Aid Stations will have water, Tailwind, sodas, fruit, & an assortment of quick-to-grab foods such as chips, nuts & pretzels. Hydration Stations will have water, salts & packaged snacks only. Pie is at the Finish!
WHAT TIME DO THE RACES START AND HOW LONG WILL THE COURSE BE OPEN?
The course will be open for 9 hours & will close down at 4pm. Races will start at 7:00am (Ultra/Marathon), 7:30 (Thirteener), 8:00 (10k), so it is recommended that runners arrive by 6:15am at the latest.
ARE PACERS OR SPECTATORS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
NO SPECTATORS are allowed on course, per the City of Marble Falls and Marble Falls PD. These are old, narrow country roads with NO parking. Spectators on the course are a SAFETY HAZARD and could have life threatening consequences. Tejas Trails embraces the solitude & autonomy of running as well as the camaraderie of fellow runners on the same course. The Trivium course is also especially prized for its focus on nature & the quiet beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Only pacers who are also runners registered for the race are allowed on course. Spectators are welcomed & encouraged at Mustang Stadium. If family or friends feel a NEED to be out on the course supporting their runner(s), please contact the RD for volunteer opportunities.
HOW WILL THE RACERS BE TIMED?
All participant will receive a chip attached to an ankle strap. Your chips & ankle straps will be dispersed at PPU & collected upon your finish.
WHAT ARE THE AWARDS DIVISIONS?
All distances 1st-3rd Male/Female overall (39 & younger). All Distances: 1st Male/Female Masters (40+ is masters)
WHO DO I TALK TO ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
IS THE HILL COUNTRY TRIVIUM A USATF CERTIFIED? IS IT A BOSTON QUALIFIER RACE?
The Hill Country Trivium continues to be a USATF sanctioned event, however we are NO longer a Boston Qualifier. If you're attempting to PR you may consider a different event, as this course is quite hilly & logistically challenging. Our roots are in ultra trail running & HCT follows in those footsteps. Just the way a Tejas Trails event is meant to be!
CAN I PICK UP A RUNNER PACKET FOR A FRIEND?
Of course, no problem! Participants, family & friends are allowed to pickup runner packets for others. Runners should email RD (Brad@TejasTrails.com) prior to PPU with details. Please remember to bring your bib on race day!
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