franklin mountains trail run

Franklin Mountains Trail Run Recap

Franklin Mountains Trail Run Recap

The Franklin Mountains Trail Run in its 1st year attracted over 475 runners from across the lone star state, new mexico and mexico as well. With these amazing runners we also had Gordy Ansleigh in attendance to run the 50k and professional photographer Myke Hermsmeyer as well. 

The 50k with was a tad over 32 miles boasted 6250' of gain and 6250' down along the technical mountain trails. Out of the gate a pack of early leaders including TEAM TROT runners Josh Pauley, Jeff Ball let out down the trails. Zach Szablewski, Jacob Phillips and Joseph Hale mixed in and the lead pack was heading toward the peak of the mountain. TEAM TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm took the early lead for the females along with Copper Canyon Champion Beatriz Mendez. 

All of the runners in the 50k made a loop up to the peak and picked up a summit bracelet from TEAM TROT Ambassador Santiago Morales before heading back down the back side of the mountains. Zach Szablewski won the race 4:57 with Jacob Phillips 2nd in 5:02 and TEAM TROT runner Jeff Ball in 3rd at 5:26. Beatriz Mendez took the lead at mile 26 and never looked back. She won the race in 5:53 with TEAM TROT runner Tracie Akerhielm in 2nd at 5:57. Alisha Edmiston was our 3rd female in 6:24. 

The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k runners all took off in stages after the 50k started. All of the results for all of the runners can be seen HERE

Myke Hermsmeyer took some amazing pictures for us as well. You can see them

Big thanks goes out to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Franklin Mountains State Park, Visit El Paso and Holiday Inn for helping us get the event up and running.

It was wonderful to share the trails with the TROT runners, local El Paso runners and the Juarez Runners as well. 

Next year the race will be Sept 10-12th and the 50k WILL be part of the US Skyrunning Ultra Series as well. We will open registration March 1st for the 2016 races.

Franklin Mountains Trail Run Selected as 2016 USSkyrunning Ultra Race

Franklin Mountains Trail Run Picked for US Skyrunning Ultra Race in 2016

We are happy to be included in the 2016 Ultra Series of the US Skyrunning Series. The Franklin Mountains Trail Run will be a 50k mountain race with between 8-10,000' of climbing. We will open registration for the race after the first of the year. Below is a brief description of the history of Skyrunning and how it is formatted.

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What is Skyrunning?

With multiple sets of races in the Skyrunning family, here's a simple guide to them all.

Skyrunner® World Series ("SWS") - the foundation of the global Skyrunning movement, with 5 Sky, 5 Ultra and 5 VK events across the world with extremely high levels of competition. Runners score with their best 3 of 5 races from this Series plus 1 more from the new Skyrunning Continental Championships.

Skyrunning Continental Championships ("SCC") - new in 2015 to allow runners to have an extra race locally to count for the SWS points.

Skyrunner® National Series ("SNS") - started in 2014 in multiple countries around the world to extend the concept of Skyrunning for more people to enjoy. Generally the same 5-5-5 format as the SWS with the best 3 of 5 races scoring for the SNS. Some SNS races are also in the SWS and SCC. In the US, the local SNS is the US Skyrunner® Series.

Skyrunning World Championship ("SWC") - occuring every four years, this is the Olympics of the Skyrunning movement. It occurs with multiple disciplines over a single long weekend. The last SWC was at Chamonix in 2014.

History of Skyrunning

“Skyrunning” has been around for some time.  Hundreds, even thousands of years ago mountains were negotiated out of necessity: war, religious persecution, hunting, smuggling, or just out of plain old curiosity.  The concept of running up and down mountains for fun is much newer.  Take for example the Ben Nevis Race which goes back to 1903, or the Pikes Peak Marathon which began as a bet in 1954 among smokers and non smokers.

The idea of creating a sports discipline however was the brainchild of Italian mountaineer Marino Giacometti, who, with a handful of fellow climbers, pioneered records and races on Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps in the early ‘90’s.  In 1993, with the support of the multinational Fila as sponsor, skyrunning took off across the world’s mountain ranges with a circuit of awe inspiring races stretching from the Himalayas to the Rockies, from Mount Kenya to the Mexican volcanoes.  After all, Giacometti’s term skyrunning, as the name suggests, is where earth and sky meet.

Giacometti’s vision didn’t stop there and in 1995 he founded the Federation for Sport at Altitude to address the need for rules to govern the sport and generally manage this fast-growing discipline which today counts some 200 races worldwide with around 30,000 participants from 54 countries.!races/zkvsf

Franklin Mountains Trail Run Special Guests

Franklin Mountains Trail Run announces Special Guests Attending the Nov 14th Race

We are happy to announce that veteran mountain photographer Myke Hemsmeyer will be taking pictures for Trail Racing Over Texas at the Franklin Mountains Race. Myke has recently been following the US Sky Running Series having shot both the Rut and Flagstaff Skyrace as well. 

We will also be bringing Gordy Ansleigh (original 100 miler/Western States runner) out to the Franklin Mountains Trail Run as well. Gordy Ansleigh has run many ultras/races since that 1974 race and will be a pleasure to have him on the Texas mountains. 

So come out and see a legend in the ultra running world and get your photo taken by one of the best mountain photographers in the US. 

Click HERE for the Franklin Mountains Website

Click HERE to register for the Franklin Mountains Race