Saturday September 19, 2020

SKY ISLAND

****** 2020 race registration will open on March 1, 2020 at noon CST *****

Sky Island is sold out for this year!

Overview

On Saturday, the 50k and 25k races start at the historic Indian Lodge and offer challenging climbs and descents on technical terrain. The 25k course is a single loop contained entirely within Davis Mountains State Park. The 50k course runs the entirety of the Davis Mountains State Park trail system with an additional excursion into the Fort Davis National Historic Site.

On Sunday, we chase the sunrise! Chase the Sunrise is a free 3.2 run from Indian Lodge to the lookout shelter at the end of Skyline Drive. The run starts at 7:00 am or you can meet us at the top at 7:30 am. Either way, we'll have coffee and snacks while we watch the sun rise over the West Texas horizon.

You can view the route on Strava.

Take advantage of the Sky Island Race Doc!

Results and Photos

2019 Results 2018 Results 
2017 Results2016 Results
2019 Photos & More Photos 2018 Photos 2017 Photos2016 Photos

Registration

50K

06:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday September 21, 2019

25K

07:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday September 21, 2019

Schedule

Saturday

50k

Racer Check-in: 5:00 - 5:45

Race Brief: 5:45

Race Start: 6:00

25k

Racer Check-in: 6:30 - 7:15

Race Brief: 7:15

Race Start: 7:30

Lunch

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Awards

We will host award ceremonies as all podium finishers for a given race come in.

Cutoffs

50k runners must be at :

Park Entrance (mile 16.8) by 11:00 am (averaging at least a 17:51/mile pace)

Park Entrance (mile 28.4) by 2:30 pm (averaging at least a 17:57/mile pace)

Finish Line (mile 31) by 3:15 pm (averaging at least a 17:56/mile pace)


25k runners must finish by 3:15 pm (averaging at least a 30:00/mile pace)


Sunrise @ 7:45 am    Sunset @ 7:50 pm

Sunday

Chase the Sunrise run starts at Indian Lodge at 7:00 am (bring a headlamp) or you can meet us at the top at 7:30 am.

On your way home, swing by the Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel (https://www.fortdavisdrugstore.net/), the unofficial Sky Island spot to grab breakfast before you head home. Wear your race wristband to get free coffee (Big Bend Roasters)!

Details

Location

Davis Mountains State Park - TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734

Parking

  • Indian Lodge guests park at Indian Lodge.
  • Campsite guests park at campsites.
  • Race day arrivals follow parking attendants. Race day parking is in Campgrounds 62-94,
  • Overflow parking: follow parking attendants to the park maintenance facilities across from Indian Lodge.

Park Entrance Fees

Park entrance fees are covered for all race participants. Spectators must pay their own entry fee. You can pay for spectator entry fees on the Texas State Park's reservation system and print your park pass prior to leaving for the race. This will speed your entry into the park.

Race Rules

  • No pacers allowed
  • Every 50k racer MUST start with a light, as you will run in the dark for the first 90 minutes of the race.
  • Every racer MUST start with a water carrier. You must either have at least one water bottle or a hydration vest/hydration pack.

10 Essentials

Although all our courses are excellently marked, you can never predict what can happen during a race. We recommend learning about the 10 essentials for backcountry safety and bringing them in your running pack. Learn more about the 10 essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.

Drop Bags

For 50k runners, drop bags can be left at the Park Entrance Aid Station (mile 16.8), which you can do on the morning of the race. 


Aid Stations

Aid stations are available at the following locations and mile marks:

50k Aid Stations
Mile Marker

25k Aid Stations
Mile Marker
Sky Line Ridge -3.6
Park Entrance1.2
Sky Line Ridge -
7.0
Primitive Loop4.2
Sky Line Ridge -
11.3
Primitive Loop9.6
Sky Line Ridge -
14.4
Park Entrance12.6
Park Entrance -16.8


Primitive Loop -19.7


Primitive Loop -25.4


Park Entrance -
28.3


Finish Line - 30.8



Courses

The 25k course heads straight of the park from the start at Indian Lodge to ascend the Limpia Creek Trail and circumnavigate the Sheep Pen Canyon Loop Trail (the portion of the course on the north side of Hwy 118 is also known as the Primitive Loop). After completing Sheep Pen Canyon Loop, the course descends the Limpia Creek Trail, re-enters the park, and jumps on the Headquarters Trail. The Headquarters Trail leads to the Montezuma Quail Trail where the course immediately starts to ascend the gnarliest and steepest climb of the race. Beware the false summits! Once the course crests the Montezuma Quail Trail, it follows the Indian Lodge Trail back to the Start/Finish with a treacherous descent on loose rock (the portion of the course after re-entering the park is also known as the Indian Lodge Loop).


Course Record
MenBryan Morton - 2:00:46 (2018)
WomenJess Harper - 2:00:46 (2018)

The 50k course starts from Indian Lodge and heads directly for the Skyline Drive Trail. This is the first major climb on the 50k race course. At the end of the Skyline Drive Trail, you pass through a rock cut to find the first aid station (mile 3.5). From the aid station, you take the Fort Access Trail to descend into Fort Davis National Historic site. Once the National Historic Site, follow the North Ridge Trail to the Tall Grass Loop to the Hospital Canyon Trail. You will climb out of Fort Davis via Hospital Canyon and return to the Skyline Ridge Aid Station (mile 6.6). From the Skyline Ridge Aid Station, you descend the Old CCC Trail to return to the start of the Skyline Drive Trail. Skyline Drive to Fort Davis to Old CCC to Skyline Drive comprises the Skyline Ridge Loop. All 50k runners must complete back-to-back laps of the Skyline Ridge Loop.

After completing your second lap of the Skyline Ridge Loop, all 50k runners exit the park and cross under Hwy 118 to run what we call the Primitive Loop. After crossing under Hwy 118, the course traverses Limpia Creek and then ascends the Limpia Creek Trail and circumnavigates the Sheep Pen Canyon Loop Trail (the portion of the course on the north side of Hwy 118 is the Primitive Loop). After completing the Sheep Pen Canyon Loop, the course descends the Limpia Creek Trail, re-enters the park, and jumps on the Headquarters Trail. The Headquarters Trail will lead you to the Montezuma Quail Trail where you will immediately start to ascend the gnarliest and steepest climb on the course. Beware the false summits! Once you crest the Montezuma Quail Trail, you follow the Indian Lodge Trail back to the Start/Finish (the portion of the course after re-entering the park is also known as the Indian Lodge Loop).

Course Record
MenBrandon Ostrander - 4:50:10 (2017)
WomenChris Kimbrough - 5:51:30 (2017)

Photos


Location

Davis Mountains State Park, 2708.9 acres in size, is located in Davis County, four miles northwest of Fort Davis, approximately halfway between Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and Big Bend National Park. The original portion of the park was deeded to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by a local family. Original improvements were accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933; the park has been open to the public in since the late 1930s; formal campground facilities were added in 1967. NATURE OF THE AREA Extremes of altitude averaging 1-mile high produce both plains grasslands and pinyon juniper-oak woodlands. Montezuma quail, usually farther west, are regularly observed in the park. Scattered stands of ponderosa and the more common pinyon pine, mixed with oak and juniper, cover higher elevations. During wet years, the park abounds in wildflowers. Emory and gray oak and one-seed juniper are the most common trees in the park. Emory oak is predominant along Keesey Creek. Scarlet bouvardia, little-leaf leadtree, trompillo, evergreen sumac, fragrant sumac, Apache plum, little walnut, treecholla, Torrey yucca, catclaw acacia, and agarito are conspicuous shrubs, some of which flower abundantly. The Davis Mountains, the most extensive mountain range in Texas, were formed by volcanic activity during the Tertiary geologic period, which began around 65 million years ago. These mountains were named after Jefferson Davis, U.S. Secretary of War and later President of the Confederacy, who ordered the construction of the Fort Davis army post. Most Indian bands passed through the Davis Mountains, although the Mescalero Apaches made seasonal camps. As west Texas settlements increased, raiding in Mexico and along the San Antonio-El Paso Trail became a way of life for Apaches, Kiowas, and Comanches. Few Americans had seen the Davis Mountains prior to 1846. After the war with Mexico, a wave of gold seekers, settlers, and traders came through the area and needed the protection of a military post - Fort Davis. Fort Davis was active from 1854 until 1891, except for certain periods during the Civil War. In 1961, the historic fort ruins were declared a National Historic Site, and a vast restoration/preservation program was initiated by the National Park Service.

Lodging

Reservation for the Historic Indian Lodge will open at the same time Sky Island 2020 race registration opens (March 1st @ noon CST). 

Reservation for camping across from Indian Lodge will open at the same time Sky Island 2020 race registration opens (March 1st @ noon CST). 

If available, reservations for camping in the rest of the park can be made directly through TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE.