Franklin mountains trail run

50k, 13.1 Half, 6 miler, 10k and 5k

September 9th-11th

franklin mountains state park- el paso,TEXAS


The 50k is part of the usskyrunning ultra series and a UTMB POINTS COURSE ( 3points)


This is a True Texas Mountain Race on the Franklin Mountains. The races will be run around altitude at 5000' and climb to 7192' for the 50k. Most of the trails low are desert trail that is run able terrain with easy technical trail. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of straight 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 32.0 miles 

Total Elevation will be 9000' up and 9000' down


13.1 will be 2 loops. 1 loop of 9.3 and one loop of 3.8

Total Elevation will be 2477' up and 2697" down


10k will be 2 loops 1 loop of 3.8 and one loop of 2.6

Total Elevation will be 1221' up and 1371' down


5k will be 1 loop of 3.8

Total Elevation will be 417' and 505' down


King/Queen of the Mountain

6-8  miler to the peak/back 2200' up and 2200' down

50k Runners

This race is a US SKYRunning Ultra Race and a UTMB Qualifier for 3 points on the new scale.

All 50k runners should be aware this is a mountain ultra and that 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 screen fields and have cliffs on either side. All runners should prepare to be able to carry enough water to hold them 6-7 miles at at which could be 2-3 hours if walking/hiking. Also be aware that if you drop in this race you will need to do so at an aid station. You will also understand that you will not be taken in from the course as we will have to come out and get you. If you are hurt on the course and cannot continue we will use the Park Search and Rescue to insure your safety in that case. Final map will be available after 3.1

King/Queen of the Mountain

The recommended routes are being finalized for distance will be about 6-6.5 miles which will start at the mundys gap aid stations and head to the peak of the north franklin. We will use off trail/scree fields for some of the route and there are inherited risks involved in that. We may also have multiple routes as this is meant to have you see how you can get to the top the fastest and back down. 


Thursday Sept 8th

Packet Pickup Noon-7pm Location @ Pavilion at McKelligon Canyon

Friday Sept 9th

6a-7:30a Packet Pickup at Mundys Gap Trail Head for the King/Queen Race

7:15-King/Queen of the Mountain (Mundy's Gap Trail Head)

Race Ends at 11:15am

Race Meeting 3-4pm at Pavillion at McKelligon Canyon

Packet Pickup Noon-7pm Pavilion at McKelligon Canyon

Saturday Sept 10th

4:30-6am Packet Pickup at Race Start/Finish Line

6am 50k Race Start Lower Sunset Parking Lot

Race Ends at 9pm

Sunday Sept 11th

5:30-8am Packet Pickup at Race Start/Finish Line

7am Half Marathon Race Start

7:30am 10k Race Start

8am 5k Race Start

Race Ends at 2pm

We will have a post race party which we will give info as we secure it.


Friday Cutoff for King/Queen 11:15

Saturday 50k Cutoff 9pm

Sunday 13.1/10k/5k cutoff is 2pm


We will finalize aid stations with the trail map by April 1st. All aid stations will be less than 6.2 miles a part and all will allow drop bags except for Mundys Gap. 


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

Drinks-Gatorade, Water and usually Hammer Heed

Electrolytes- Hammer Endurolytes

Gels-Hammer Gels

Sweet- Cookies, Candy, Peanut Butter, Nutella

Salty-Pringles, Trail Mix, PB&J

PB&js, Bean burrito rolls, fruit ie banannas, oranges, seasonal fruits.

Medical including bandages, vasoline, band aids and other medical needs.

We will have everything you need at our aid stations and we usually throw in something to make it fun.

We have done sheet cake, pies, special candies, pineapple etc… You never know what the surprise will be!


We do our best to limit the footprint we leave at races and on the trails. With that being said we DO NOT have cups at all the aid stations for water. We encourage all of our runners to use reusable cups, bottles and hydration packs to carry water in. 


We are finalizing information for a host hotel in El Paso and should have that finalized by 4/1. 

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


There is a $5 fee per person for entering in the park. Children under $12 do not have to pay this fee. By purchasing a Texas State Park 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 RD.

Crew is allowed at any stations they can get to or hike to. There is no driving inside the park while the 50k is still crossing the road.

drop bags:

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

We will finalize drop bag information as we finalize the maps in march.



From I-10 go West exit 375 loop East. 3.5 miles on the left on 375/Trans mountain Rd is the entrance to the park.

The Park HQ is located at: 

Latitude: 31.905102

Longitude: -106.498015


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


Top Male/Female $1000
2nd Male/Female $250
3rd Male/Female $100

Awards for Top 3 and Masters 50+

13.1, 10k, 5k and King/Queen of the Mountain (6 miler)

1st Male/Female $100 in each race

13.1, 10k, 5k and King/Queen of the Mountain (6 miler)

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


Aid Station Map 

5k loop (3.8 miles)

10k loop (3.8 mile loop and 2.6 mile loop) 1st loop and the 2nd loop is the first minus the shafer loop

13.1 loop (9.45 mile loop and 3.8 mile loop


Maps & Publications for of the park

2015 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 than give it a shot.

Organizing a group to staff an aid station can be a great fundraiser opportunity for your organization. Earn up to $250 for your cause or that money can be used towards travel expenses among the members of your group, use it however you see fit.  

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

** If you volunteer for (2) Shifts at one race you will receive A FREE 100% Comped Entry Into any one of 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 emails us at and we will send you a schedule of shifts that can be worked as well as description of the jobs and what they entail.

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