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Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series



A summer series of night time trail races taking place in four beautifully rugged Central Texas Hill Country parks! 60km, 30km and 10km chip-timed trail races west of Austin on Saturday night. Awards to top 5 overall & top 3 masters. Medals to every finisher, Belt Buckles to those who complete all of the 60km events.

“They don’t just hurt physically, they ‘scar you mentally’! Best preparation for a late summer/fall 50 or 100 miler!” Jeff Miller

Capt’n Karl’s Run was started by Brad and Nyla Quinn in 2006, in honor of Nyla’s late father, Capt’n Karl. The original event was at Inks Lake State Park and had a 6 & 12 hour format. We had approximately 25 people at our first race and everyone appeared to embrace this contrasting idea of a “night only trail race” during the hottest part of the Texas summer. We approached Joyce & Joe Prusaitis, owners of the well-known Tejas Trails, LLCexternal_link_icon after the conclusion of the 2007 event, to help support and cultivate Capt’n Karl’s Run. We decided to make it a summer series and expanded the format to include Pedernales Falls and Muleshoe Bend from 2008-2011. After some debate, we replaced Inks Lake State Park with Reveille Peak Ranch and added Colorado Bend State Park.

“I so miss Capt’n Karl’s, wish I could be down in Texas. These races were my favorite part of the summer.” Julie Grant

The events are approximately 3-4 weeks apart spanning form June through September. To sustain the memory of an awesome man, Karl Lembke (aka Capt’n Karl), we donate a percentage of the proceeds every year toward a local Hill Country charity. Our current charity is the Phoenix Center, a nonprofit organization in Marble Falls focused on providing high-quality, affordable mental health care for local children and families. This type of play-base pediatric mental health facilities are sparse in rural Texas and truly an invaluable asset to our community.

“I just want to say thanks for putting on such a great series of runs this summer. I remember thinking in 2012, ‘who runs trails in the dark? That’s craziness!’ And this year, I was lucky enough to do all four. I’m planning on doing them again next year and look forward to seeing you all again. Thanks for sharing the legacy of Capt’n Karl with all of us. Until next time.” Trisha Jagodzinski

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Texas Trail Running Championship Series

We are excited to announce that CKTS is now a part of the Texas Trail Running Championship Series external_link_icon. The Texas Trail Championship is a point series based on trail running events throughout the state of Texas. Points are awarded based on finishing time and race distance.

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