New Mexico's FOUR Best Road Races
Run to the World's Longest Tram 10K
New Mexico Finest Half Marathon
Tri-Centennial Events Infomation
The New Mexico Marathon Course is very scenic. This majestic point-to-point, downhill and USATF certified race is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The Marathon starts in the shadows of our beautiful Sandia Mountains at 5,800 ft. Runners wind their way down the Albuquerque Foothills. Along the course you can view the sunrise over the Sandia mountains and the entire city. The course concludes along a tranquil stretch through our scenic rural North Valley area to finish at 4,800 ft. near the historic Old Town Plaza.
The Half Marathon is very fast and is the second part of the Marathon course. The 5K follows the last 3.1 miles of the course. All three races finish near Tiguex Park on Mountain Road. [see Race Map below]
Temperature at 5:30am is about 50 degrees fahrenheit, perfect for these fast downhill courses. Race coincides with first weekend of historic New Mexico State Fair.
Average tempature at 5:30am is 50 degrees (F) with average humidity at 10 percent. Afternoon temperatures range in high 70s.
Rio Grande Inn Reservations: 800.959.4726 or
Sheraton Old Town 800.325.3535
Before the Race
Join us for a festive pasta party on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, beginning at 6:00pm, at the Rio Grande Inn. Meet other runners, eat a nourishing pre-race meal, and enjoy a night of relaxation and fun.
Herrera Coach Buses will leave from Tiguex Park (which is walking distance from Hotels): for the Marathon at 4:30am, for the Half Marathon at 5:00am, and for the 5K at 5:30am. The Hotels are near the finish line.
Please park at either the Sheraton Hotel, 800 Rio Grande NM (505) 843-6300 or the Best Western Rio Grande Inn, 1015 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (505) 843-9500.
There will be Aide Stations every two miles with water and Gatorade. All stations staffed by the Leukemia & Lymhoma Society Team in Training
Walkers: Be Cautious (Walk Participants will not need a chip if they plan on finishing in more than 5.5 hours. Your time will be given to you with your finishing medallion).
Special Group will wait for last walkers with Finisher's Medallion and Refreshments. Clock until 12:00pm
The New Mexico Marathon Plus
Sunday, September 4, 2005
New Mexico Marathon 5:30am
Albuquerque's Finest Half Marathon 6:00am
Burque 5K 6:30am
(Includes bus ride)
Enter by July 1st and receive an embroidered Long Sleeve Microfiber Jacket:
Register Online Here
Saturday, September 3rd, at Tiquex Park on Mountain Rd. (two blocks east of hotels)
9:00am - 4:00pm
Late Arrival Packet Pick-up
Sunday, September 4th, Rio Grande Inn Best Western, 4:00am (prior to race departure)
50 States Club Runners
This is a marathon you need to run. Add New Mexico to your marathon list with this extraordinary little race!
All finishers will receive a beautiful Tricentennial medallion.
MARATHON: Overall male and female winners will receive a round trip ticket anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.
HALF MARATHON AND 5K: Overall male and female winners receive a new pair of running shoes from Heart and Sole Sports. There will be five year age group awards for all three three events. Male and female winners in each of the five-year age categories will also be recognized.
The Award Presentation will be held immediately after the race at Tiguex Park, across from the Albuquerque Natural History Museum. Results will be posted at the ceremony, as well as on our website [here].
Last Year's Race
Hundreds of runners enjoyed this beautiful course in 2004! Visit the results page to check out the finish times and pictures of the course!
Course Summary by Section
Mile 1 to 8: Incline, North on Tramway
Mile 9 to 15: Downhill Tramway to 4th Street
Mile 16 to 17: Flat to slightly downhill, 4th St. to Alameda
Mile 18 to 22: Flat, along the Rio Grande river and Bosque Bike Path, East along Montano Bridge to Dietz Farm
Mile 23 to finish: South on Rio Grande Blvd. to host hotel, Rio Grande Best Western
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