Race - Sep 28, 2019
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Entry opens on Ultrasignup.com
on February 1st, 2016. The early registration entry fee will be $80 until August 1st, and $90 thereafter. The race is capped at 175 runners. In the event that the race reaches capacity, a waiting list will be maintained. A gender specific technical t-shirt is guaranteed to registrants that enter before Sept. 1st. Shirt sizes are only guaranteed for those that enter by...
Only 90 minutes west of Albuquerque near Grants, New Mexico, the trail system and jeep road network here criss-crosses the mountain giving runners every possible view. Join us in the Navajo tradition of waking up before dawn and running east to greet the sunrise from the La Mosca Lookout. See the views of the volcanic plugs to the north, the forested Continental Divide Trail, trails through open high mountain meadows, and the 360-degree view from the summit of Mt. Taylor at 11,305 ft. This not-for-profit 50K is a scenic yet challenging mountain ultra created by runners, for runners. Once you see the course, you'll wonder why you've never been here before. Register and come see this hidden part of New Mexico for yourself!
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The course leads runners over singletrack and jeep roads on a panoramic loop that first circumnavigates then scales the 11,305 ft stratovolcano of Mount Taylor. The course includes 8 miles of the new Continental Divide trail that crosses the Cibola National Forest. The course is entirely above 9000 feet in altitude and has 7000 feet of vertical change. Appropriate clothing for high altitude running should be considered.
Aid Stations will be at miles 10, 16, 21, 25, and 29. A variety of food (chips, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, candy) and drinks (sports drink, water, and soda) will be provided at each aid station starting at the Spud Patch aid station at mile 10. The Ridgeline water station at mile 4 will be minimally stocked.
Each runner is allowed one drop bag at the mile 16 Rock Tank Aid Station, which is also the start/finish area. Do not expect to have access to your vehicle; parking for runners will be a quarter to a half a mile away from the Rock Tank Aid Station.
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