Lovelace Rio Grande Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, August 11, 2024 • Albuquerque, NM • Course Map

activeregisterSet for its 12th annual running this year 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 8:30 AM after the first finishers cross the finish line.

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.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central northern New Mexico, roughly 60 miles southwest of Santa Fe, Albuquerque usually experiences typical summer weather in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 45°F (in 1907) and as high as 101°F (in 1979).

On race day (Aug. 11), the average low is 64ºF and the average high is 90ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Lovelace Rio Grande Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:30 AM – half marathon
  • 7:00 AM – 5K


See race website


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Albuquerque’s Lovelace Rio Grande Half Marathon or 5K Run/Walk, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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5 comments… add one
  • Paul Carter July 15, 2021, 6:12 pm

    Do the 5k runners get a medal too for finishing?

  • Rose July 1, 2019, 3:56 pm

    Question, a runner(#1) in our group has cancelled but another runner would like to take his spot. Does he need to register or can you just enter his name instead of runner #1?
    I can’t find a phone number to call and ask this question.

  • Lenora Hagerman January 2, 2017, 4:40 pm

    Is there a time limit on the half marathon?

    • Likhaya Dayile May 24, 2018, 9:44 am

      Yes, there is 3:30 hour time limit, but we do encourage those who need more time to start every and that can be arraged.

      Thank you!

  • Kathy Harvey May 23, 2016, 5:40 pm

    Is there a time limit in the half marathon


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