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Capt'n Karl's Trail Series


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. 

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Capt'n Karl's Trail Series


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. 

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I so miss Capt’n Karl’s, wish I could be down in Texas. These races were my favorite part of the summer.
— Julie Grant


We are excited to announce that CKTS is now a part of the Texas Trail Running Championship Series . The Texas Trail Championship is a point series based on trail running events throughout the state of Texas. Points are awarded based on finishing time and race distance.


Series Policies

  1. Special Event Park Fees: An Additional $10 (per person) fee will be collected during registration for runners. Family, friends and spectators must pay upon entry. Fee includes special event fee, parking, and camping (except for Reveille Peak Ranch, where additional camping charges apply).
    • The Special Event Fees are included in the race registrations. These fees & rules are governed by each individual park. CKTS MUST abide by the rules and regulations of each park IF we want to continue using their facilities.
    • Texas State Parks Passes do not work for race venue entry as this is considered a "Special Event Fee."
  2. Entry Dates:
    • Early Entry is up until 4 weeks prior to race. We cannot guarantee your shirt size for entries after this date, but anticipate enough shirts for everyone!
    • Standard entry date is from 4 weeks prior to 7 days before race.
    • Race week entry (Late Entry) is 6 days from race up to race day registration.
  3. Early Cost (before late entry date):
    • Standard Cost = Early Cost + $10
    • Race Week (Late Entry) Cost = Early Cost + $20

  4. No Refunds.
  5. No Roll-overs to next year.
  6. No Transfers to another person.
  7. No Transfers to another event outside of CKTS. (ie: Events are Rocky Raccoon, Bandera, Hells Hills)
  8. You can transfer from one CKTR distance to another
  9. You can transfer from one CKTR to another (ie: Pedernales to Reveille Peak), but only if notified before late entry of race you are already registered in.
  10. No mailing of shirts or packets before, during, or after the race (even if you pay for shipping)
  11. We have no means to accept credit at packet pickup. Cash or check only.
  12. In case of race cancellation (for any reason) there are ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS.
  13. If There is a Wait List:
    • There is a $20 holding fee for a place on the wait list.
    • If you get in, the holding fee will be deducted from the balance owed.
    • If you do not get in, for any reason, the holding fee is not refunded.


About Volunteering

Of course, some things we cannot do without, and these are what we need help with. Medical, course markers, checkers to make certain every station always has water and ice, and also to cross check names, bibs, and times at every aid station, chip pullers, & someone to hand out medals & awards. And there is always some grunt work, but really not all that much. So if you want to help and can… please contact us and note the day(s), time(s) and means to contact you (name, phone, email, when to call). Volunteers should sign up in the volunteer section on our website. We plan on being out at the park the week prior to the event: 

Setup and Tear-Down requires a lot of work. Would love some help. We start a rolling tear-down following the last runner. This includes course markings, trash, & aid stations.

  • Wed-Sat (am): Mark course & put up aid station tents
  • Sun: Tear-down course & tents behind last runner

Series Rules

  1. Split Times: The only split times we record are those at the timing mat at the start/finish. On multi- loop courses, we record every split, as we need to have record of each loop.
  2. Runner Crews: Each race has a unique set up with reference to aid stations but for now, crews are only allowed at the Start/Finish area for all races.
  3. Drop Bags: We do not take any drop bags anywhere, but you can set up your own at the start/finish.
  4. Cutoffs: 7:00am Sunday. 12 hours is the cutoff for all events. Also each race has a final loop cutoff that is unique to each race. These times are final. No exceptions.
  5. Pacers: Pacers are allowed for the 60km runners after the 30km distance.
  6. Parking: Each race has plenty of parking right at the start.
  7. Course: Each course is typical Texas Hill Country but unique. All are seasoned with thorny mesquite and cactus. We could tell you all about the beautiful panoramic views, interesting wildlife and geological features... but you’ll be in the dark and wont see anything anyway. The weather is temperamental and should be prepared for as such. Should be hot & humid, could be raining, might be worse, but only a few conditions will cancel a race: Lightning strikes hitting the ground, flooding, & tornado.
  8. Course Marking: We take great pride in our course marking and spend days getting the course ready.  Course maps will be provided.  Brightly colored directional arrows will be at every intersection, reflective markers for confidence, large red Wrong Way signs (at the appropriate places), which are self- explanatory. It’s pretty effective.
  9. Claim Jumpers: Each race is different for dropping from one race to another. PF: 60km can drop to 30km after one loop, but you cannot win any awards by doing so. MSB: 60km can drop to 30km after two loops. Same rule as above. CB: 60km can drop to 30km after one loop. Same rule as above. RPR: no changing of races after you have started.
  10. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the course or at any aid station, even when on a leash.
  11. Results: Results will be posted at regular intervals during the event. Please direct any and all corrections to our timing company (Event Data Solutions at kyle@eventdatasolutions.com). If you feel that any of your data is incorrect please inform them right away. The sooner we know about errors, the easier it is to correct. This includes your final time & placement. Final results will be posted within a few days after the race on our site.
  12. Litter: The parks expect us to leave the park as clean as we found it. Do not dump any trash on the trails. There will be trash cans at every aid station and that’s the only place you can leave it. If you take it with you from a station, then you must carry it to the next station. Littering is cause for disqualification from the race. Also, there are many items left behind after the race. To us, this also is litter. It is just more for us to deal with that we do not want. These items will be dumped in one fashion or another. The CKTS has had a reputation for people leaving their trash behind in the dark for our volunteers to clean up in the morning. Please take ALL your stuff with you when you leave! The Styrofoam coolers, empty beer bottles, food wrappers, and all. By the time we see it in the morning, it’s even worse: loaded with fire ants and other trash bugs. It’s really pretty nasty. Please help us out with this. The only thing worse than TRASHing is CHEATing. 
  13. Aid Station Food & Drink: Some of the aid stations are manned and some may not. We have decided to take a simpler and healthier approach this year. Buying food for people running long distances in the middle of the night and during extreme temperatures has been challenging. We also want to feed everyone healthier food, as we are running all night long to have fun, spend time with friends/family and our overall well-being! Traverse Running has consulted with two well known, accomplished ultra runners and local favorites Olga Varlamova and Meredith Terranova. This year aid stations will obviously have water and PLENTY of ice; juicy fruits: oranges, melon, banana’s. We’ll have a sports drink, Coke, ginger ale and coffee. Electrolytes, salted items in pretzel's and chips, sugars in candies, healthy nuts and pre-package goodies, gels and tortillas with cheese or peanut butter/honey. If you have specific tastes and/or nutritional needs please plan accordingly and bring your own. Remember that we DO NOT take drop bags to aid stations, so if you do bring your own food it will only be available at the start/finish. No crews out on the course either. Banana smoothies anyone?
  14. Medical: Yes....we will have medical at the start/finish (First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician).  The park does expect a certain amount of coverage and will be supporting us if any medical situations doe arise.  You can duct tape your own wounds, we will be there as well, should this "old school" method not be enough.
  15. Chip Timing: All races will be chip timed. Chips will be picked up at packet pickup and must be worn in the area of your ankle during the race. Ankle straps will be available for all runners.  Please be sure to pick up your chip and strap, if not worn we will be unable to track your time and/or know if/where you are on the course.  Wear your chip correctly to ensure the system can read it. If you don’t hear a beep when you cross, odds are good you didn’t read. Please go back over the line and make sure you get a beep and notify the timing table if your chip isn’t reading.  Note that chip timing does not apply to offset your start time.  Start time is the same for everybody: what we call Gun-Time, when the race starts.
  16. Split Time Collection: 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 and hear a beep.
  17. Check-In: 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 packet does not mean you started the race. We need to know you are out there on the trails. That is what the pre-race check in is for. This is very important, the park expects us to know this.
  18. Check-Out DNF, 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 who do not finish the race must turn in their race bib & chip to Staff at the Finish Line. We need to know if you have left the course. Otherwise, when you come up missing, we’ll think you’re lost out there in the park. So, every person who enters the course must come to the finish line to report they are no longer in the race. WE MUST KNOW WHO IS ON THE COURSE AT ALL TIMES.  Individuals who continue to run after cut-off times and at the request of volunteers to stop, will be reported to park staff, disqualified and unable to run future Traverse Running events.  These cut-off times are for your protection and safety.  Remember, volunteers are just that.....volunteers.  Play nice.

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Pedernales Falls


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Jun 27, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Pedernales State Park, Johnson City, TX

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Pedernales Falls


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Jun 27, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Pedernales State Park, Johnson City, TX

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The first event in the Capt'n Karl's Trail Series

Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series begins on the hilly, steep and rocky trails of Pedernales Falls State Park along the Pedernales River. Located 9 miles east of the consequential Johnson City and only 43 miles northwest of beautiful Austin, Texas. Runners will be traversing Wolf and Tobacco Mountains while winding along the small canyons created by Mescal and Tobacco creeks. Jones Springs is a wonderful oasis that runners will hear in the distance as they cruise through the single track section of our loop course. Before runners finish our course, they will maneuver down to the Pedernales River and navigate along the rocky shores of Twin Falls while heading back to the Equestrian Center.

Location 

Local Information

Park Fees

Please see the main Capt’n Karl’s Page for special notification about Special Event Park Fees.

ItinerarY 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • Packet Pickup: 3:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Trail Briefing: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • 60km Start: 7:00pm
  • 30km Start: 7:15pm
  • 10km Start: 7:30pm

Sunday, July 28, 2015

  • Final Loop Cut-Off: 1:00am
  • Final Cut-Off: 7:00am
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Muleshoe Bend


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Jul 18, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Muleshoe Bend LCRA Park, Spicewood, TX

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Muleshoe Bend


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Jul 18, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Muleshoe Bend LCRA Park, Spicewood, TX

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The Second event in the Capt'n Karl's Trail Series

Our second event is held at Muleshoe Bend LCRA Recreation Park. Approximately 40 miles northwest of Austin in picturesque Spicewood, TX. Muleshoe Bend is located on the scenic Lower Colorado River, Lake Travis region. This course is challenging, rocky, technical and 95% single track with 3094 feet of elevation gain. These trails are deceptively tough, with the heat and humidity making Muleshoe Bend a worthy advisory. This is primarily due to the thick foliage and heavy wood creating very little wind. Get ready to sweat.

Location 

Local Information

Park Fees

Please see our main Capt’n Karl’s Page for special notification about Special Event Park Fees.

ItinerarY 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

  • Packet Pickup: 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Trail Briefing: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • 60km Start: 7:00pm
  • 30km Start: 7:15pm
  • 10km Start: 7:30pm

Sunday, July 19, 2015

  • Final Loop Cut-Off: 4:00am
  • Final Cut-Off: 7:00am
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Colorado Bend


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Aug 8, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Colorado Bend State Park, Lampasas, TX

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Colorado Bend


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: Aug 8, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Colorado Bend State Park, Lampasas, TX

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The Third event in the Capt'n Karl's Trail Series

Join us for the third installment of the epic Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series as we run the rugged and demanding trails of Colorado Bend State Park. This locale is more reminiscent of the western United States than central Texas. Boosting cliffs and canyon lands, limestone caves, numerous natural springs, amazing waterfalls and precious solitude. This park truly has it all and has quickly become a favorite of our runners and families. Prepare yourselves for a wonderful treat!

Location 

Local Information

Park Fees

Please see our Capt’n Karl’s Page for special notification about Special Event Park Fees.

Itinerary

Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • Packet Pickup: 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Trail Briefing: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • 60km Start: 7:00pm
  • 30km Start: 7:15pm
  • 10km Start: 7:30pm

Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Final Loop Cut-Off: 1:00am
  • Final Cut-Off: 7:00am
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Reveille Peak Ranch


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: August 29, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX

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Reveille Peak Ranch


What: 10k, 30k, 60k Trail Races

When: August 29, 2015 7:00pm

Where: Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX

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The fourth event in the Capt'n Karl's Trail Series

Our night time trail series concludes most appropriately at one of the best privately owned adventure parks in all of Texas, the amazing Reveille Peak Ranch! This park is located 55 miles northwest of Austin in the historic town of Burnet. The amenities at RPR are first class and we will be taking advantage of this by providing our runners, spectators and volunteers with a series finale party. But first, runners will be treated to unique and spectacular geological formations. Navigating over large rock domes with amazing views, while tackling the most elevation gain/loss of our four venues (2861 ft). This course really has it all….single track, exposure, wood, service roads, hills and technicality. All to challenge even the most seasoned trail runner.

Location 

Local Information

Park Fees

Please see our Capt’n Karl’s Page for special notification about Special Event Park Fees.

Itinerary

Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Packet Pickup: 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Trail Briefing: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • 60km Start: 7:00pm
  • 30km Start: 7:15pm
  • 10km Start: 7:30pm
  • Kids Run: 7:45pm

Sunday, August 30, 2015

  • Final Loop Cut-Off: 3:00am
  • Final Cut-Off: 7:00am