November 15, 2007
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs to Host IAU Trail World Challenge
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The 18th Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs, scheduled for Saturday, December 8 in Huntsville State Park, will host the 2007 IAU Trail World Challenge for the 50 Miler and the 50K events. In 2006, Sunmart was given a tryout as the IAU Trail World Challenge and overwhelmingly satisfied the criteria for hosting an IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) event.
The 50 mile race and 50 kilometer event are expected to attract over 1,000 ultra-marathoners from more than 40 states and 14 countries. The 50 mile route is comprised of four 12.5 mile loops through the park's extensive trail network. The 50K route covers a two loop course. The 50 mile event begins at 7:00am, with the 50K race set to start at 7:30am at Huntsville State Park, which is 60 miles north of Houston. A prize purse will be awarded in both the 50 Miler and the 50K.
Sunmart's popularity as one of the premier ultra events in the U.S. is well established. Sunmart has a scenic course in the piney wood of Southeastern Texas, smiling and helpful volunteers, great food and plentiful race premiums. The addition of a world class international field will add to the race's reputation and commitment to excellence.