Big Bend Ultra

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 MLK Weekend
Big Bend Ranch State Park

— The Borderland 50M
— The Fresno Creek 50K
— Quicksilver 30K
— Rock Dog 10K

Results for 10K, 30K, 50K, 50M on January 20, 2019  

Photos for the 2019 Event
Steve Schenk’s Photos

Photos on Flickr

Register Online
Registration Form (pdf)
You ought to register in advance. See below why that is.

Low in the mid 30’s, high in the 60’s. Can be colder or warmer.
Note that part of the course gains elevation, and will be colder.
See more about weather.

Saturday Lunch
Diners and restaurants in the area.

Saturday Pre Race Dinner
Saturday pre race dinner at the Starlight Theater
631 Ivey Rd, Terlingua
$20 Buffet – tax & tip included
Chicken, Vegetables, Pasta, Salad and choice of 2 Sauces.
5pm-8pm Terlingua Ghost Town (scroll down to see the map)

Sunday Post Race Meal
BBQ – included in your entry fee.

Monday Post Race Day Hike
New for 2019, a guided day hike

Packet Pickup – Saturday 1/19/2019
Saturday 10-4:30pm Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Saturday 5pm-8pm Starlight Theater pre-race dinner
Sunday Race day packets will be at Visitors Center porch (pickup packets 1 hr prior to your start time)

Sunday Morning, Race Day, packets will be at Barton Warnock Visitor Center, but you must arrive early.

Register in Advance
We don’t have a cap on the runner count (yet) but we do have to plan our aid stations, and extra runners means extra resources that have to be brought in from far away, or cooked, or screen printed … and deployed in the the days before the run by our volunteers. Dozens of water jugs, electrolyte, snacks, … Registering in advance is the best way.

Start & Finish
All share the start and finish at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center at Big Bend Ranch State Park a mile from Lajitas. Plenty of parking, but not right at the visitor center.

Start Times – Sunday Morning 1/20/19
5:30 am for the 50M (headlamps needed for start & late finishes, cutoff time 8:30pm)
7:00 am for the 50K
7:30 am for the 30K
9:30 am for the 10K

Resources for Runners
A little bit of information on desert running

Apparel & Equipment to Bring
Hat/Cap, gloves, long sleeve shirt, tights if cold-natured, sunscreen, sunglasses, body-glide, shell (running jacket), and a hydration pack, waist pack with at 12-20oz bottle for hydration between aid stations at 5 miles apart, and your personal food/energy items to put in your waist pack.

Aid Stations & Food
Water and electrolytes will be available so you can refill your hydration bottles. Limited cups – the new way is refilling your bottles. Snacks both salty and sweet will be at each station. And helpful volunteers.  See the map page for elevation and route.

You can drive and park within 100yds of  the start/finish. Do not try and park at the race start area. Way too much going on, and there isn’t much space.  TPWD cordons off parking spaces at the visitor center for the visitors that must come to sign in to enter the park, so event participants should park in the designated area.

Course Maps
The routes are now on a map.

50K Course
Those up for their 1st official “Ultra” can navigate this 31 miles course through the Fresno Creek drainage + single track beauty. Climbing 1000′ to halfway point and back down to the finish line.  Technical parts of the route utilize foot-eye skills, creek sand, creek xing’s and smooth sections. This course is moderately fast.

50M Course
This is a combined run – first the 50K, then the 30K. You’ll get to experience a lot of geography and geology of the park first hand.

Lodging and Camping
The Lajitas Golf Course and Resort offers hotel rooms, and the Maverick Ranch RV Park offers RV and tent camping. The Lajitas Resort should have a block of rooms with a special rate. When you reserve, mention the Big Bend run.

Lots of options for lodging, and many still have openings. Too many for us to list all the individual properties, but look around.  VRBO and Airbnb and of course the hotels and lodges and campsites and … See more on the Lodging Page


Barton Warnock Center
Hwy 170 up the road from Lajitas one mile.


Pre Race Dinner at Starlight Theatre in Terlingua (Preliminary)