Hundreds of athletes from across the Southwest will compete May 25 in the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.
Runners have already filled the available spaces for the popular half-marathon for which there is now a waiting list. Spaces are still available for the 50-mile and 50K runs.
The competitive half-marathon, 50-mile and 50K runs take place along single track trails and dirt roads in the Jemez Mountains, including Pajarito Mountain and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The JMTR 50-mile race is regarded as one of the toughest three fifty milers in the United States.
Beginning this year, the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will be “cupless” to reduce paper waste. All runners will need to bring their own water bottles or use alternative hydration methods at the aid stations.
Start times for the races:
- 50-mile 5 a.m.;
- 50K 6 a.m.; and
- Half-marathon 8 a.m.
Good places to watch the race include the deck at Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge and the Posse Lodge at 650 North Mesa Road in Los Alamos. The average finishing time for the 50-mile race is 13 hours. Final finishers are expected to arrive at the Posse Lodge around 9 p.m.
Fees for the races:
- $80 for 50-mile race;
- $65 for 50K; and
- $45 for half-marathon.
All entrants will receive a t-shirt and free entry to the pre-race pasta dinner, along with other giveaways. To register, visit www.utlrasignup.com.
Please note: runners will experience high altitude elevation changes (more than 10,000 feet above sea level); however, numerous aid stations will be located throughout the course.
Top three overall male and female finishers in each race will receive a unique gift of large pottery bowls handmade by the Toya family of Jemez Pueblo. The Toyas will sell their pottery during the race as well. Multi-year finishers who surpass 50,000 feet cumulative climbing with a successful finish will receive commemorative pint glasses.
The top finishers in 2012 were Patrick Garcia from Denver, Colo. (50-mile); Jason Schlarb from Boulder, Colo., (50K) and Robert Krar from Flagstaff, Ariz. (half-marathon.)
The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs are organized by the High Altitude Athletics Club and Atomic City Road Runners, a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the runs will be donated to local charities.
National sponsors include La Sportiva, Black Diamond and Hammer Nutrition.
Local sponsors include Santa Fe Brewing Company, CB Fox, Abe Dispenette of Los Alamos State Farm, Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill, Blue Window Bistro, Pet Pangea, ZIA Credit Union, Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Los Alamos Beer Coop, Holiday Inn Express and Aspen Copies.