Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Are Saturday May 20

Runners in the Jemez Mountain Trail Race climb up the Camp May Road Trail. This year’s races are Saturday, May 20, with more than 600 runners taking to the local trails. Courtesy/JMTR

The runner’s ‘drop bags’ are transported from the Posse Lodge, where the Jemez Mountain Trail Races begin, out to the half-way point for the 50 mile runners to have access to extra gear such as rain coats and warm clothes. Courtesy/JMTR


The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs are a wonderful community event that start and finish at the Posse Lodge and take full advantage of our beautiful mountain trail network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera. The runs include a 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile course. We have more than 600 runners registered, with over half from out of town. This is a true community event with more than 100 local volunteers involved, numerous local businesses providing sponsorship and support, and many local organizations helping get the trails in tip-top shape for months now. Thank you to all of you!

You may see flags, signs and ribbons along many of our local trails over the next few days. Hundreds of trail runners from all over the country come to our wonderful little town to enjoy our fantastic trails and rely on these markers to keep from getting lost and out of trouble. The Perimeter Trail in particular will be quite busy on Saturday afternoon. We understand markers like these may pose a bit of an eyesore for some, but we ask your patience and tolerance for the next few days. The markers will be removed from the trails quickly after race day.

If you are curious about this event, head on up to Pajarito Ski Lodge any time Saturday to cheer on runners mid-race, or the Posse Lodge to see the finish anytime between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Through our registration fees and generous national and local sponsors the race gave back more than $16,000 last year to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors. Again, we thank our entire local community for supporting this event.

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