Franklin mountains trail run

50k, 27K, 13.1 Half, King/Queen of the Mountain, 10k, and 5k

November 9-11th

franklin mountains state park- el paso,TEXAS




*The 50K has met ITRA standards and counts for 2 ITRA points*

The 50k, 27k and VK are all part of the Skyrunning USA Series and rankings! 


This is a true Texas mountain race in the Franklin Mountains in Far West Texas. The races will start at around 5,000' altitude and climb to 7,192' for the 50k. Most of the trail is low desert with runnable terrain and some easy, technical segments. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of steep climbing and switchbacks.

The Start/Finish will be at the pavilion area circle inside of the Franklin Mountains State Park

  • 50k will be one loop of 32.5 miles
    Total Elevation will be 8,000' up and 8,000' down

  • 27k will be one loop of 17.1 miles
    Total Elevation will be 5,500' up and 5,500' down

  • 13.1 will be 2 loops. 1 loop of 9.3 and one loop of 3.8
    Total Elevation will be 2,477' up and 2,697" down

  • 10k will be 2 loops 1 loop of 3.8 and one loop of 2.6
    Total Elevation will be 1,221' up and 1,371' down

  • 5k will be 1 loop of 3.8
    Total Elevation will be 417' up and 505' down

  • King/Queen of the Mountain will be 6-8 miler to the peak/back
    Total Elevation will be 2,200' up and 2,200' down


  • The Vertical K is the steepest gnarliest route from the bottom of the mountain to the top. 2.3 mile of total distance and over 2300' of climbing.

50k Runners/27K

All 50k runners should be aware that this is a mountain ultra and there will be inherent risks involved in running this trail race. There will be portions of the course that will be off trail, up/down scree fields, and next to cliffs on either side. All runners should have a water carrying capacity to last them 6-7 miles, which could be 2-3 hours of walking/hiking. Also, be aware that you will not be taken in from the course if you drop out of the race. If you drop out you need to do so at an aid station. In the case that you are hurt on the course and cannot continue, we will use the Park Search and Rescue to insure your safety. 


Vertical K

You will experience the gnarliest route from ground to SKY in this classic climb. You will start at the base of the aztec caves following the route over the top and into the saddle of mundys gap. From there you will take the ridge route all the way to the top of the North Franklin Peak. Total distance is 2.3 miles and climb just over 2300' in vertical climbing. 


King/Queen of the Mountain

The recommended routes for each distance will be about 3.5-8.0 miles which will start at the Mundys Gap trail head and go to the peak of North Franklin Mountain, and then back down to the start. We will use off trail/scree fields for some of the route and there are inherit risks involved in that. We may also have multiple routes as this race is meant to have you see how you can get to the top the fastest and back down. 

To finish you must go to the TOP, get a summit band, and return down. This is the only way to finish.



Thursday Nov 8th
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Packet Pickup @ Tom Mays Unit Pavillion

Friday Nov 9th
6:00 am - 7:30 am Packet Pickup @ Mundy's Gap Trail Head for the King/Queen Race

6:45 VK Start @ Aztec Caves
7:15am King/Queen of the Mountain Race Start @ Mundy's Gap Trail Head
12:00 pm King/Queen race ends
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Packet Pickup @ Tom Mays Unit Pavillion
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Race Meeting @ Tom Mays Unit Pavillion

Saturday Nov 10th
4:30 am - 7:00 am Packet Pickup @ Race Start (Upper Sunset Lot)
5:30 am All drop bags must be at the starting line
6:00 am 50k Race Start @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
7:00 am 27k Race Start @ Upper Sunset Parking Lot
9:00 pm Races End

11-7pm Food Truck

Sunday Nov 11th
5:30 am - 8:00 am Packet Pickup @ Race Start/Finish Line Pavillion
7:00 am Half Marathon Race Start
7:30 am 10k Race Start
8:00 am 5k Race Start
2:00 pm Race Ends

9-2pm Food Truck


12:00 pm Cutoff for King/Queen

2:00 pm Cutoff at Mundys Gap aid station. This is a HARD CUTOFF. You have to be passing back down the mountain and passing Mundys Gap aid station by 2pm.

4:00pm East Aid

6:00pm West Aid
9:00 pm Cutoff for 50k

2:00 pm Cutoff for 13.1/10k/5k


Aid Station Mileage

5.3 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (Finish Aid)
8.5 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (TH Aid)
10.6 Full Aid NO ICE
14.5 Full Aid NO ICE
20.4 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (East Aid)
26.4 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (West Aid)
Finish 32.5

5.3 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (Finish Aid)
8.5 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (TH Aid)
10.6 Full Aid NO ICE
14.5 Full Aid NO ICE
15.2 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (TH Aid)

3.8 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (Finish Aid)
7.9 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags (Upper Sunset Aid)
9.3 Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags
Finish 13.1

3.8  Full Aid Crew Access/Drop Bags
Finish 6.4



All aid stations are FULL AID STATIONS and will be full stocked with Texas Style goodies.

Drinks - Gatorade, Water, and Hammer Heed (sponsor)

Red Bull at all aid stations and pre/post race (sponsor)

Pickle Juice (sponsor)

Sodas - Coke, Ginger ale, and maybe some orange as well.

Electrolytes - Hammer Endurolytes

Sweets - Cookies, Candy, Peanut Butter, Nutella

Salty - Pringles, Trail Mix

PB&Js, Bean burrito rolls, fruit (bananas, oranges, seasonal fruits)

Bearded Brothers Bars (sponsor)

Medical - bandages, vasoline, band aids, etc. ( NO NSAIDS e.g. ibuprofen) 

Trail Toes at all aid stations with tape pre/post race (sponsor)

We will have everything you need at our aid stations and we usually throw in something to make it fun.
We have had sheet cake, pies, watermelon, etc… You never know what the surprise will be!


We DO NOT have cups at the aid stations for water. We do our best to limit the footprint we leave at races and on the trails, so we will not have any cups for you. We encourage all of our runners to have reusable cups, bottles, and hydration packs to carry water in.


The park has amazing primitive camping and is available through the TWPD site below


There is a $5 fee per person per day for entering in the park. Children under 12 are free. We, TROT, will be collecting the fee from you at packet pickup. You will receive a parking pass.

By purchasing a Texas State Parks Pass you will get free unlimited entry into Texas State Parks and discounts on camping as well.


There are no pacers allowed with this race. For special consideration please email the Race Director.

Crews are allowed at

drop bags

You need to have your BIB NUMBER, NAME, and AID STATION on each drop bag before you drop it.

All drop bags for 8.5, 20.4, and 26.0 must be at the starting line no later than 5:30 am. 


Once your race begins that is the distance you must finish to receive a medal for that distance. There is no dropping of distances during the race and you will be listed as a DNF no matter what the reason. 

Distance Changes

  • Go to UltraSignup.

  • Log into your account.

  • Under your name and “Account Into” towards the upper right of the screen select “Registration History”

  • On the "name of this race" , to the right of the date select “Edit”

  • Under “Switch Event?” select distance to change

  • Select “Checkout” to go through the process of paying the additional $ or changing lower. There will be a small UltraSignup fee if moving up in distance. During this process you will be dropping from the old distance, so you will need to immediately finish the checkout process to be added back into the the new distance.



From I-10 going West. Take the exit for 375 East/Transmountain Rd. After 3.5 miles on 375/Transmountain Rd the entrance to the park is on the left, Tom Mays Park Access Road.

The Tom Mays Unit is located at: 
Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) N:  31° 54' 29.40"
Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) W:  106° 31' 31.65"


The closest airport to this race would be El Paso International Airport


You get your choice of swag on line but here are the shirt mock ups as well.


A huge thank you to ALTRA RUNNING as they will be providing ALL RUNNERS with these amazing Altra Shoe Gaiters for the 2018 Franklin Mountains Trail Run.


Top 3 Men/Women Overall and Top 2 Masters 50+ Male/Female for all distances. 

Finishers Medals for all 5k/10k/13.1 and 50k runners below.

We will have Elevation Culture custom medals for 27k runners, If you run 2 days or if you run the Triple of a race everyday. 

Maps & Publications for of the park

2017 Race Results



Photos from Myke Hermsmeyer HERE

TROT Pictures HERE and HERE


1st Place winner Zach Szablewski

3rd Place Overall Jeff Ball

Katrin Silva


Team RWB

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.


With any race comes a small army that works behind the scenes to make it all happen. We think volunteers are the MOST important part of any race and we do our best to provide them with the best as well. If you have never been on the other side of the table, give it a shot!

Volunteer Shifts Range from 4-8 hours depending on the event.

All of our volunteers will receive:

Free park entry, an area to camp,  race merchandise, and a provided meal on race day.

In Addition to this:

*If you volunteer for (1) Shift at any race you will get 50% off registration for any of our events in the future.

** If you volunteer for (2) Shifts at one race you will receive A FREE 100% Comped Entry into any one of our races in the future.

*** We will also have some shifts for our 100k and 100 mile races that we will give 100% comped entries for as well.

If you would like to volunteer please email us at and we will send you a schedule of shifts that can be worked as well as a description of the jobs and what they entail.

We will be providing VOLUNTEER TRAINING as well once you have been selected for the shifts.