Pajarito Trail Fest Draws More Than 100 Runners

Elizabeth Turner is the winner among women runners of Saturday’s Pajarito Trail Fest 10 K race. Photo by Jim Stein

Rosy-cheeked kids were all smiles after Toddler Dash and Big Kid Challenge runs at Saturday’s Pajarito Trail Fest. Photo by Beth Bowman


More than 100 runners participated in the 6th Annual Pajarito Trail Fest held Saturday at Pajarito Mountain. Sunshine, early fall colors and re-built trails awaited runners for a fine day of running.

Runners from as far as Estes Park, Colo., and Silver City came to run the challenging course. Children had fun as well, with the Toddler 100-yard dash and Big Kid Challenge 1 Km trail run.

The 10 K winner for men was Nathaniel Gustafson of Los Alamos, who finished in 50:25. Women’s 10 K winner was Elizabeth Turner of Albuquerque who finished in 1:06:42.

In the 15-mile race, Michael Ehrmentraut from Santa Fe finished first with a time of 2:08:07 while Sara DeMay was a top 15-mile female finisher with 2:42:07.

The Fest was concluded with a Duathlon Sunday, in which 13 participants competed in a Mountain Bike and Run event.

Duathlon results:



Jim Stein’s event photos:

Sponsors of the event were: CB FOX, Pet Pangaea, The Pain Free Athlete, The Running Hub, REI, Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area, Sol Web Solutions, Art Montoya, DDS and Los Alamos National Bank.

We want to thank all runners for their participation in the events with special thanks to Craig Martin for his tireless work on trails and all volunteers who helped with the event.

Proceeds from the race will go to local non-profit organizations who support outdoor education and lifestyle: Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Southwest Nordic Club, Pajarito Mountain and Triatomics.

LOS ALAMOS website support locally by OviNuppi Systems