More than just a race, during your week at TPU you’ll see and experience one of the most remote areas in the US, learn about the rich culture and history of the Big Bend region, see the stars and Milky Way in one of the world’s largest international dark sky areas, and share the adventure with new life-long friends. We promise this will be one of the most unique and memorable experiences of your life and we can’t wait to share it with you!

New in 2018: Saturday-Sunday Itinerary!

Arrival Details: Saturday, October 20

10am – Departure from El Paso Airport to Alpine, TX

3pm – Hotel Check in & Packet Pickup

4-5:30pm – Happy Hour / Museum of the Big Bend Tour (SRSU)

6pm – Official Meet & Greet plus Welcome Dinner

730pm – Departure for “Star Party” and McDonald Observatory

10pm – Return to Alpine

Pre-Race Checks: Sunday, October 21

7am – Breakfast for all staff, volunteers and competitors

8am – Mandatory Race Brief

9-11am – Mandatory Medical & Equipment Checks

11am – Hotel Check Out / Box Lunch Provided

1pm – Depart for pre-race camp

5pm – Arrival and check in to pre-race camp

The Race: Monday, October 22 – Saturday, October 27

Monday-Thursday: Stages 1-4

6a – Wake Up, music starts

8a – Start

8p – Finish

9p – Medical Tent closes

Friday-Saturday: Stage 5

6am – Wake up, music starts

8am – Main Group Start

10am – Lead Group Start

2pm, following day – Race Finish

Awards Banquet: Saturday, October 27

3pm – Hotel Check In

6pm – Banquet Dinner Starts

7p-10p – Awards Ceremony

*Dress is Smart Casual – flip flops & crutches permitted!

Departure: Sunday, October 28

7am – Breakfast starts

8am – Return transport to El Paso Airport (11am ETA)

8:01a – Start planning for next year…bring a friend!

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