Pajarito Trail Runs Festival to benefit PEEC

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By Special to the Monitor

Second annual Pajarito Trail Runs Festival will take place Oct. 11 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The event will feature 10K and 15-mile trail races and post-race activities, kids’ runs and activities, and an opportunity to enjoy a display of fall colors.

Registration for 10K and 15-mile races is open until Oct. 10 at www.active.com. Check-in is from 8-8:45 a.m. the day of the race. The starting time for both runs will be 9 a.m. Registration for the 10K race costs $35 and $40 for the 15-mile race. Race entry fees include a T-shirt and aid station support, a raffle ticket and a goody bag.

The course follows a single track through mixed conifer and aspen forests up the east side of Pajarito Mountain, along the ridge and descends on the single track on the west side. The 10K race finishes at the lodge while the 15-mile course continues out and back on the Guaje Canyon Trail through Canada Bonita meadow to Guaje Canyon Overlook. There will be four well-stocked aid stations at 3, 6, 9 and 12 miles.

Kids fun runs will feature a 1-mile trail run and 100-yard dash. Donation for the kids’ races is $1 and children will receive a ribbon and a treat. Other activities for kids will include an activity center titled “Making things with nature,” a treasure hunt in a forest and face painting by Son-Shine Art.

There will be free post-race snack food for racers, post-race massage provided by Aimee Price, LMT, music by Tim Gallegos, Pro DJ and a generous raffle. Pajarito Caf will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about the race go to www.highaltitudeathletics.org/ptr.

In addition to running-related activities, several local organizations will have booth displays including Los Alamos Co-op Market, the Pajairto Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Volunteer Task Force.

Moms on Trails, a local chapter of Moms in Motion, is sponsoring the event. Moms in Motion is an international organization of fitness teams for women with a motto of “Fitness, Fun and Philanthropy.” Each team learns about fitness by preparing for the event while giving back to the community by supporting local nonprofit organizations.

The essence of Moms in Motion emerges from the camaraderie and support of a team working together toward a common fitness goal and philanthropic cause. For more information, go to www.momsinmotion.com.

This year, the proceeds from the race will go to PEEC, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages to discover the rich natural heritage of northern New Mexico by collaborating with the community and maintaining a nature center.

Throughout the year, PEEC offers a variety of classes on topics ranging from local flora and fauna to pressing environmental issues. For more information go to www.pajaritoeec.org

The event sponsors are: Bikram Yoga, Black Diamond, CB Fox, Ecolutions, First Endurance, Fuel Belt, Kahtoola, LAMC, LANB, La Sportiva, Lodgers Tax Advisory Board, Moms in Motion, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Pet Pangaea, Running Hub, Ruth Cameron – Financial Advisor /Edward Jones, SG Western Construction, Smiths, Son-Shine Art, Teddie Sue Mooday & Paula Barclay – RE/MAX of Los Alamos, Tim Gallegos and Pro DJ.