2019 Big Bend Ultra - Jan. 20
MLK Weekend, January 20th, 2019
Big Bend 50, 50M, 50K, 30K, 10K
30.95km / 19.23ml run
48.62km / 30.21ml run
Big Bend Ranch State Park, starting and ending at the Barton Warnok Center close to Lajitas, TX. Travel Info
Lots of options in the region. See the lodging and camping pages.
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.
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.
Saturday, 19th, 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
A little bit of information on desert running
Here’s a list of gear we strongly recommend each runner packs for an ultra in Big Bend in January. These items will make your run easier and provide you with maximum protection. Most of you will have an even better list of your own.
Cap – some kind of head cover
Apparel for a 30°F start and a 70°F finish. Tights?
Warm clothing for before start and after finish
Hydration belt, at least 20 ounces for between aid stations hydration (critical)
Technical fiber (moisture wicking) or wool socks. NO COTTON
BodyGlide, or Sport-Shield, anti-friction product.
The weather is usually beautiful, but can be snowing, raining, sleeting, or hot.
Big Bend is a desert, and humidity is very low. Stay hydrated and stay healthy. Make sure you have planned your water needs based on what you find you need. Water stops will be spaced properly based on decades of experience, so check that you can carry what you need in between.
If you are injured seriously, we will get you to expert medical care as soon as possible by land or air, depending on the urgency.
There are many many resources for training, and since you are participating in an ultra, you are probably already an expert. That said, if you have never run something close to our course distance, you might want to reconsider.
Many of our volunteers have received training in emergency medicine, and we will have EMS techs as well as Park Officers.