New Mexico > Rio Grande Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Albuquerque, NM • Sunday, August 11, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 3rd annual running through the streets of "the Duke City," as Albuquerque is known, and along the river that flows right through the heart of the city and gives the race its name, the Rio Grande Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk offers runners the chance to participate in a race that benefits Special Olympics New Mexico.
Runners will start and finish the out-and-back course for the race at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which seeks to preserve and promote Hispanic contributions to the arts and humanities through programs and performing arts series staged throughout the year. Located on 4th Street overlooking the Rio Grande, the center serves as both the starting and finish lines as well as the race awards ceremony, which starts at 9:30 AM after the race.
The starting time for the half marathon is scheduled for 6:30 AM to give runners enough time to complete their 13.1 miles before the heat of the day sets in, as runners will spend much of the race out in the open sun, away from shade and tree cover. All runners who cross the finish line in the half marathon will receive a finisher's medal, organizers add, and both the male and female winners of each race will receive a free pair of Mizuno running shoes.
Just over 420 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined at the event's 2011 running, including 220 finishers in the half marathon alone.
View the race route map for the Rio Grande Half Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central northern New Mexico, roughly 60 miles southwest of Santa Fe, Albuquerque usually experiences typical summer weather in August, when its average monthly temperatures range between 63°F and 89°F, and rainfall totals average just over 1.7 inches for the month, making August the city's rainiest month of the year on average.
On the day of the race (Aug. 11), the average low is 64°F and the average high is 90°F.
To reserve your spot in the summer 2013 running of Albuquerque's Rio Grande Half Marathon or 5K Run/Walk, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
Leave a Comment
Ever run in New Mexico's annual Rio Grande Half Marathon or 5K race? Share your impressions, stories and tips from the event.