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The greatest long-distance trail-running event in New Mexico will take place May 17 in Los Alamos. It is the Jemez Mountain 50 Mile, 50 Kilometer, and Half-Marathon Trail Runs. As of April 22, more than 278 entries had been received from 30 states for the third annual version of this popular event. Santa Fe National Forest has requested a 325 limit so it is important to register as soon as possible. All entries are accepted through e-mail with details at highaltitudeathletics.com. The 50 mile run will start at 5 a.m., the 50k at 6 a.m. and the Half at 7 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Shack in Los Alamos. The route will traverse the trails that surround the community including Guaje Ridge,Pipeline Road, Caballo and Pajarito Peaks, and the Valle Grande. There is a 17-hour time limit for all races; consequently, even slow walkers are welcome to do the Half-Marathon.
The popularity of the runs stems from the beauty of the course and the support of the community. The sponsoring High Altitude Athletics Club needs at least 75 volunteers to help maintain the aid stations and clear the trails. Because of the difficult accessory to some of the aid stations, we also need volunteer pack horses and volunteer help to stash water. Volunteers are needed to help sweep the course to ensure that everyone gets back safely. Anyone interested in helping is invited to please contact either Emily Shultz-Fellenz at 661-2679 or me at 662-5959.
Each entry will receive a Secundo Sandoval water color poster, a long-sleeved shirt, and both a pre-race Friday night dinner at the high school cafeteria and a hot sandwich at the finish line. Finishers in the 50-mile and 50-kilometer, and age-group winners in the Half, will get a pot made by Birdell Bourdon from Santa Clara Reservation.
For more information, please contact Race Director Aaron Goldman at 662-5959.
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