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Traverse Running


Welcome to Traverse Running, trail and road running events in the Texas Hill Country!

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Traverse Running


Welcome to Traverse Running, trail and road running events in the Texas Hill Country!

Welcome to Traverse Running!

Traverse Running was started by Brad and Nyla Quinn in 2006,  with the first event in honor of Nyla’s late father, Capt’n Karl. We have now grown to 5 road and trail races with distance options for everyone! 

Those who don’t take a chance, don’t get a chance
— Capt'n Karl

Trail or road, long or short, we have a race for you!  

A summer series of night time trail races taking place in four beautifully rugged Central Texas Hill Country parks! 60km, 30km and 10km chip-timed trail races west of Austin and north of San Antonio. 

A summer series of night time trail races taking place in four beautifully rugged Central Texas Hill Country parks! 60km, 30km and 10km chip-timed trail races west of Austin and north of San Antonio. 

Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k Road Races in the gorgeous Marble Falls Texas Hill Country. Yes, everyone who finishes gets Blue Bonnet pie! 

Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k Road Races in the gorgeous Marble Falls Texas Hill Country. Yes, everyone who finishes gets Blue Bonnet pie! 



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About Us


The story of  Traverse Running & the Capt’n Karl’s Series

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About Us


The story of  Traverse Running & the Capt’n Karl’s Series

Traverse Running was started by Brad and Nyla Quinn in 2006,  with the first event (Inks Lake All-Nighter) in honor of Nyla’s late father, Capt’n Karl. The original event was at Inks Lake State Park and had a 6 & 12 hour format.

There were approximately 25 people at our first race and everyone appeared to embrace this contrasting idea of a “night only trail race” during the hottest part of the Texas summer. After a few years, we approached Joyce & Joe Prusaitis, owners of the well-known Tejas Trails, LLC after the conclusion of the 2007 event, to help support and cultivate Capt’n Karl’s Run. We decided to make it a summer series and expanded the format to include Pedernales Falls and Muleshoe Bend from 2008-2011. After some debate, we replaced Inks Lake State Park with Reveille Peak Ranch and added Colorado Bend State Park. The events are approximately 3-4 weeks apart spanning form June through September. To sustain the memory of an awesome man, Karl Lembke (aka Capt’n Karl), we donate a percentage of the proceeds every year toward a local Hill Country charity. Our current charity is the Phoenix Center, a nonprofit organization in Marble Falls focused on providing high-quality, affordable mental health care for local children and families. This type of play-base pediatric mental health facilities are sparse in rural Texas and truly an invaluable asset to our community.

Founder and Race Director Brad Quinn is no stranger to trail running.  Quinn recently ran 50 trail marathons in 50 days on Hill Country trails, continuing a lifelong passion for running.  Take a gander at Brad's race bio below.  We think you'll agree that this RD knows Hill Country Trails!

 

Race Bio // Brad Quinn

Growing up in Wisconsin, an outdoor lifestyle was encouraged by my family at a young age, running my first organized race at age 6.  Endurance sports like soccer always interested me.  I can remember playing tournaments over the summer where we would have 4-5 games in one day.  By the championship game it was less about aptitude and more about attrition.  My endurance was always more a strength than my skill level.  I can also recall having a paper route (six days a week BEFORE schooI), riding my bike or running and trying to do it faster each day.  My own mini ultra.  Wisconsin winters are brutal!

I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO to study Occupational Therapy, Neurobiology and Sociology.  There I ran recreationally and participated in all of the customary Colorado activities including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, etc.  I also had the wonderful opportunity to live, work and travel through Central America and the United Kingdom during these formative years.

Nyla and I married in 2001, moved to the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas and began running trails to stay fit.  I started increasing my milage and by 2005 I was ready to do my first 30k.  Most of my races have been here in Texas, as raising a young family (four kids) and work have made it challenging to travel to national events.  Although, Im excited to experience races outside of Texas soon.  My wife Nyla and I started directing Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series in 2006 (the longest running night trail series in North America) and added the Hill Country Trivium in 2013. We believe strongly in our community and give a portion of our proceeds to local non-profit charities.  

Race directing and running is a passion and way of life for me.  Something I hope to do with my family for a long time.

 

RACES I CAN RECOLLECT

 

YMCA 2 mile Run 7/26/79 time: 19:44 age 6

Bellin 10k 6/14/81 time: 62.06 

Bellin 10k 6/13/82 time: 57.54 

Bellin 10k 6/18/83 time: 54.36 

Bellin 10k 6/16/84 time: 53.34 

Rogue Trail Series 30k 6/5/05 time: 2:38 13th place

Rogue Trail Series 30k 7/31/05 time: 2:09 14th place

Rocky Trails Marathon 11/5/05 time: 3:47 2nd place

Sunmart Trail Race 50 miles 12/3/05 time: 9:26

Rocky Raccoon 50 mile 2/4/06 time: 7:57 3rd place

Doggies Run 50 mile 3/18/06 time: 7:15 1st place

Rocky Hill Ranch 50k 4/30/06 time 4:33 5th place 

Rogue Trail Series 30k 6/18/06 time: 3:00 15th place

Warda Cardiac Run & Relay 50 miles 11/8/06  time: 8:06 2nd place

Bandera 100k 1/13/07 time: 12:26 5th place 

Prickly Pear 50k 3/17/07 time: 4:19 7th place

Rogue Trails Series 30k 5/4/08 time: 2:38

Rogue Trail Series 30k 6/1/08 time: 2:53

Rogue Trail Series 30k 6/29/08 time: 2:43

Bandera 100k 1/5/08 time: 13:15 13th place male 

Trail Twister Endurance Trail Run 60k 10/4/08 time: 5:53 4th place

Cactus Rose 11/1/08 100 mile time: 27:05 5th place male 

Bandera 100k 1/10/09 time: 12:28 13th place male 

Rocky Raccoon 100 mile 2/7/09 time: 22:22 

Texas 300 (Cactus Rose 100 mile, Bandera 100k, Rocky Raccoon 100 mile) 2008-2009 time: 61h:56m second place 

Fuego y Agua 100k 12/12/09 time: 17:10 4th place

Bandera 50k 1/9/10 time 5:57 

Hells Hills 50k 4/3/10 time: 4:47 8th place 

Bandera 50k 1/8/11 time: 5:41 

Cactus Rose 100 mile 10/29/11 time: 23:34 5th place

Bandera 100k 1/7/12 time: 12:49 

Rocky Raccoon 100 mile 2/4/12 time: 19:31 22nd male 

Texas 300: 2011-2012 time: 55h:54m second place 

Cactus Rose 50 mile 10/26/13 time: 10:31

Bigfoot Trail Race 50k 9/28/14 time: 5:28 4th place

 

50 trail marathons (26.5+ miles) for 50 consecutive days (1325+ miles) 

10/31/14 - 12/19/15

 

NOTABLE TRAIL RUNS

 

30K:  2:09

26.5 miles: 3:47

50k: 4:19

50 miles: 7:15

60k: 5:53

100K:12:26

100 miles: 19:31


I just want to say thanks for putting on such a great series of runs this summer. I remember thinking in 2012, ‘who runs trails in the dark? That’s craziness!’ And this year, I was lucky enough to do all four. I’m planning on doing them again next year and look forward to seeing you all again. Thanks for sharing the legacy of Capt’n Karl with all of us. Until next time.
— Happy Runner Trisha Jagodzinski
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Volunteer


Volunteers are Always Welcome! We need all the help we can get and we'd love to have you at the race! If you'd like to help, please let us know. We'd love your help. We offer our Hill Country Trivium volunteers a shirt, pie, lunch, coffee and a great time! We are always looking for clubs or groups to "adopt" an Aid Station!

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Volunteer


Volunteers are Always Welcome! We need all the help we can get and we'd love to have you at the race! If you'd like to help, please let us know. We'd love your help. We offer our Hill Country Trivium volunteers a shirt, pie, lunch, coffee and a great time! We are always looking for clubs or groups to "adopt" an Aid Station!

Below are some of the items we need help with

Each of the following jobs needs somebody to manage it and somebody to do the work. Each job could be for an hour or for days.

  • Medical - Medically qualified personnel (such as Registered Nurse or Paramedic) to be on standby for medical emergencies or minor mishaps, and to provide medical aid. Usually, we deal with cuts, scrapes, stings, and occasionally with hypothermia.
  • Course Control - Mark and manage the course. Place all course markers (signs, ribbons, trail blocks, & wrong ways). Basically, put everything up, maintain during the race, then take em all back down again.
  • Packet Pickup & Late Registration - Packet Stuffing, handout of packets, and manage race day registration.
  • Trail Guides - There are always a few places that needs more than signs and flags. Certain locations need a person there for a period of time. Usually this is just early on but not for the entire night.
  • Aid Stations - We need help setting up, handing out water, food and breaking down Aid Stations. The aid stations are minimal, but do need some care and handling. Ready by 7pm and done by 7am or sooner.
  • Aid Station Support - Stock & Support the aid stations, make sure they always have what they need. Mostly this is about water & ice.
  • Start/Finish Line Support - Collect chips, hand out water, fruit, medals and winners awards etc.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in volunteering

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Results


Race Results for all of our events

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Results


Race Results for all of our events

Award Categories

Winners within these categories will receive a trophy and other sponsored prizes. All runners will receive a medal at the Finish Line!  For Capt'n Karl's Series a belt buckle is presented at the last race **ONLY if you finish all four 60kms. 

  1. All Distances: 1st through 5th Male Overall
  2. All Distances: 1st through 5th Female Overall
  3. All Distances: 1st through 3rd Masters Male (Hill Country Trivium 40+ is Masters, Capt'n Karl's Series 50+ is Masters)
  4. All Distances: 1st through 3rd Masters Female (Hill Country Trivium 40+ is Masters, Capt'n Karl's Series 50+ is Masters)


Just wanted to say thanks for a great trail race series. These were my first races in Texas and my first night races. Every course was well-marked, the aid stations were perfect, the swag was great and the venues were amazing. Great job!
— MJ Redman
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Sponsors


Sponsors and Friends of Traverse Running

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Sponsors


Sponsors and Friends of Traverse Running

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Contact Us


Got a question about a race or just want to say “hi”? Fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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