Big Bend Ultra

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 MLK Weekend
Big Bend Ranch State Park

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

Register Online
You must register in advance. See below why that is.

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8 1/2 x 11 pdf    11 x 17 pdf  Volunteer Flyer

Results (after January 14, 2018)
Race Results at

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
Starting at about 4:30PM – 7:30PM at the Starlight Theater

Resources for Runners
A little bit of information on desert running

Packet Pickup – Saturday 1/13/2018
— Friday – No Packet Pickup
— Saturday 10AM – 4:30PM – Barton Warnock Visitors Center
— Saturday Evening packets will be at the pre-race dinner venue

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 … not to mention the shirts and post race meal. Registering in advance is the best way.

Start & Finish
The 10K, 30K and 50K share the start and finish at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center at Big Bend Ranch State Park a mile from Lajitas.

Start Times – Sunday Morning 1/14/18  (preliminary)
7:00 am for the 50 K
7:30 am for the 30 K
8:30 am for the 10 K

Course Closes at 4 pm

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 HEED 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.

Post Race Meal
Post race food will be available 11am – 4pm at the finish line area.

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.

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)