November 5 - 6, 2022

Cowboy 200

Cowboy Trail

Norfolk, NE 200 Miler, 100 Miler

Registration closes: Sat, Oct 22 @ 11:59PM


Two race options
200-mile - Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 AM
100-mile - Sunday, Nov. 6th at 8:00 AM (in Atkinson, NE)

The Cowboy 200 is a point-to-point 200-mile footrace along the beautiful Cowboy Trail in Nebraska. This is a rails-to-trails course and will be run on a non-technical, 100% runnable, crushed limestone path inaccessible to motor vehicles. There will be short paved sections when running through towns along the route.


• 200+ miles with ZERO repetition.
• 100-mile option.
• Cash prize for 1st place male AND female in the 200-mile solo run.
• Awesome swag!
• 7 fully stocked aid stations with hot food. Additional unmanned, water-only aid stations and sleep stations.
• The course will start in Norfolk and head west along the Cowboy Trail to Valentine.
•1/3 the price of other zero repetition 200-milers.
• 2% of race entry goes back to the Cowboy Trail for maintenance, repair, and improvements.
• Finish line/post-run celebration at Bolo Beer Co. in Valentine, NE – free beer for runners!
• Runner’s manual with more detailed information to follow!


200-mile solo cutoff – 84 hours (25:12/mile average)
100-mile solo cutoff – 32 hours (19:12/mile average)
Additional aid station-specific cutoffs will be posted in the runner’s manual


Runners will travel from Norfolk to Valentine on the Cowboy Trail, an old “rail-trail” consisting of crushed limestone trails (off-limits to automobiles). During their epic 200-mile adventure, runners will be immersed in nature and experience the beauty and solitude of the Nebraska back-country.

Along this amazing journey, runners will see many ancient relics from the old railroad and pass through many quaint, history-filled towns’ still utilizing buildings and artifacts from the old railroad – including a water-powered gristmill and numerous old railroad depots scattered along the route.

Some of the most famous and awe-inspiring structures along the Cowboy Trail are the former railway bridges in which runners will cross. In total there are over 200 bridges along the route with the largest being ¼ mile long and 148 feet high! This truly is a beautiful trek through America’s heartland.

The Cowboy Trail is non-technical, 100% runnable, and extraordinarily flat, making it perfect for the first time 200-miler, or for those seeking a PR.

The exact route of the Cowboy 200 is subject to change with route/trail closures and maintenance. We will do our best to keep runners on as much as the Cowboy Trail as possible. A more accurate route description will be given within the next month.


There will be 9 full/manned aid stations along the 200-mile route (not including the start and finish). These will be located in towns along the route. There will also be 10 unmanned aid stations that will have water and the carbohydrate/electrolyte beverage – Proxima C -
Full/manned aid stations will have a variety of typical runner’s food. MOST full aid stations will also have at least one hot food item. We will have at least one plant-based hot food option at full aid stations that are serving hot food.


Runners will receive a Cowboy 200 lightweight, packable, puffy jacket (perfect for the required LS jacket that must be carried at all times during the race), a Cowboy 200 cotton T-shirt, and a Cowboy 200 bag. Additional freebie items will be included in runner swag bags.

All 200-mile finishers will receive a beautiful, year-specific, Cowboy 200 finishers buckle worthy of a 200-mile adventure. Our 200-mile finisher’s buckles will be different every year! Collect them all! Runners will also receive free beer from Bolo Beer Co. at the finish line!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in both men’s and women’s races will receive additional awards (TBD).

1st place male and female will receive a cash reward equal to $50 for every entry for their gender in the 200-mile race.


All runners receive a Cowboy 100 bag and a high-quality cotton/poly blend t-shirt.

Finishers will receive a Cowboy 100 buckle and free beer from Bolo Beer Co.

Additional prizes for top 3 male and female finishers (TBD)


For a complete list of rules see the runners manual.


Pacers will be allowed for 200-mile and 100-mile runners.

Pacers can only start at FULL/MANNED/CREW ACCESSIBLE aid stations.

Pacers cannot carry anything for their runner (no muling) and must carry all the same required gear as runners.

See runners manual for more info.


1. Long Sleeve Insulated Jacket (preferably moisture resistant) – fleece, puffy, etc. (not just a lightweight dry-fit long-sleeve). The puffy provided to the 200-milers is perfect for meeting this requirement. These can be purchased in the Ultrasignup store by relay members if desired.
2. A head covering that covers your ears – not just a hat. This could be a beanie, a hood from a jacket, etc.
3. Something to cover your legs – tights, pants, etc. Must have the ability to cover the full length of your legs.
4. A space blanket – you will get one at packet pickup.
5. A charged cell phone with gpx of the course.
6. A charged headlamp, or other means of providing light – not a cell phone flashlight.

Additional gear recommended, but not required - see runners manual.


There WILL be a shuttle for non-crewed runners. Please see the runners manual for those details.


It is our goal to put on a world-class ultra-running experience connecting runners to the rich history, beautiful landscapes, and wonderful communities that are in abundance along the Cowboy Trail. Additionally, we hope to provide a more affordable option for a “no repetition” 200-mile race while still providing everything runners come to expect in races 3x the price.

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No refunds

Entry can be deferred 2-years for 100% race credit.

Deferrals are accepted until 1 month prior to the event. After that deferrals will only be good for 50% of race entry the following year.

No deferrals within 1 week of the race – will be listed as DNS.

No bib transfers

Runners Manual

Please see the runner's manual at for more detailed information.

Local time: 1:41 AM

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