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XTERRA ATX Trail Run 2024

April 21

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An XTERRA Trail Run World Series event,  ATX Trail Run takes place in Pace Bend Park in central Texas, situated on a peninsula jutting into Lake Travis, with steep bluffs on one side offering spectacular views and gentle grassy slopes descending to the water on the other side. The trails at Pace Bend Park include limestone ledges, challenging rock gardens, some steep climbs, and technical drop-offs with plenty of smooth trails to help you recover before reaching the next obstacle.

The XTERRA Trail Run World Series is an inclusive series that invites all trail enthusiasts to join the XTERRA community as you connect, explore, and discover new and existing trails in idyllic running terrains worldwide. Designed to mix community and adventure, the series is open to all runners, from amateur to elite, individuals and pairs, with over 30 races in 20+ countries across Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region. Compete individually, regionally, or globally in the XTERRA Trail Run rankings, or push to the front of the pack in your age group to qualify for a place on the starting line at the annual and invite-only XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. The XTERRA Trail Run World Series includes both half-marathon (15-34km) and full-marathon (35km+) races, with individual and team (duo) categories available.

Event & Course Info

The event offers two-course options for participants – 10.5K and 21K. The course is a single track with steep climbs, windy turns, and technical limestone drop-offs. The challenging run has smooth trails between obstacles so runners can recover and prepare. Those in the shorter race run the Classic Texas Hill Country loop once, and those in the longer option do two laps. The event is held regardless of weather, rain or shine, so runners should prepare for Texas’s unpredictable spring weather.

Registration includes a park entry fee, timer chip, personal-sized racing shirt, and train run finisher cup. The well-marked course has aid stations with snacks and hydration for competitors to stay fueled. A post-race celebration includes food for all participants and beer for those 21+ years old. Trail run awards are presented to the 10.5K overall winners for men and women, the top 3 places for men and women in 21K, and the top 3 place winners for men and women in each age-based category. These will be announced at the post-race celebration.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

Pace Bend Park is renowned for its expansive campgrounds that cater to both RV and tent campers. With numerous campsites scattered throughout the park, visitors have the opportunity to choose their preferred location, whether it’s by the water’s edge for a soothing lakeside experience or nestled in the shade for a more secluded retreat. For those exploring Pace Bend Park with their RVs, designated RV campsites provide essential amenities such as electric and water hookups. These sites offer a blend of convenience and natural beauty, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the outdoors without sacrificing comfort. If you prefer a roof over your head without compromising the rustic charm of the outdoors, Pace Bend Park features cozy cabins. These cabins provide a comfortable respite after a day of exploration, complete with the essentials for a relaxing stay. or the more adventurous souls seeking a back-to-basics experience, Pace Bend Park offers primitive camping areas. These sites provide a genuine connection with nature, allowing campers to set up their tents in more secluded locations and truly embrace the essence of outdoor living.

Just a stone’s throw away from Pace Bend Park lies the quaint town of Spicewood, where local eateries beckon with flavors that capture the essence of Texas cuisine. From family-owned diners serving hearty breakfasts to barbecue joints that tantalize your taste buds with smoky delights, Spicewood offers a range of dining options to fuel your adventures. Or explore the vicinity around Pace Bend Park, and you may stumble upon hidden gems in the form of food trucks and mobile eateries. These culinary delights on wheels often pop up near popular attractions, providing a convenient and flavorful solution for those seeking a quick bite between outdoor activities.

Pace Bend Park boasts an extensive network of trails that wind through its diverse terrain. Hikers can explore the park’s rugged landscapes, taking in breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding hills. For thrill-seekers, the limestone cliffs and rock formations at Pace Bend Park present an excellent opportunity for rock climbing and bouldering. Climbers can test their skills against the natural features while enjoying panoramic vistas of Lake Travis. The expansive shores of Lake Travis invite water enthusiasts to indulge in a variety of activities. Boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular choices, allowing visitors to navigate the crystal-clear waters and take in the scenic beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Related Events

XTERRA extends its trail running legacy beyond the ATX Trail Run with a series of annual races that beckon trail runners to explore the scenic trails of the Southwest. Among these events are the San Tan Trail Run and Black Canyon Trail Run in Arizona, as well as the Laguna Beach Trail Run in California. Each race promises a unique and memorable trail running experience, showcasing the distinct landscapes of their respective regions. In the area you can also find Austin Rattler Run and the Brazos 50/100.




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