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New Mexico > New Mexico Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Albuquerque, NM



Sunday, September 6, 2009

Event Details

The stark desert beauty of New Mexico's Sandia Mountains are on full display at the annual late summer/early fall running of Albuquerque's New Mexico Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners along a course that winds slowly but steadily downhill through the city and along the banks of the Rio Grande slowly but steadily from an elevation of about 5,800 feet above sea level at the marathon start to about 4,800 feet at the finish line, in the Old Town Plaza.

Open to both runners and walkers, the half maraton starts at the mid-way point of the full marathon near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 556, at an elevation of about 5,300 feet above sea level. From there, the course for the half unfolds mostly downhill, with a few quick uphills and downhills along the way as runners make their way long 4th Street to the Alameda Bike Path, and then over to the state park that hugs the banks of the river as it winds its way southward through the city.

Participants also run past sights such as the Bosque Trail in Albuquerque's North Valley, where its famed hot air balloons rise and descend at Balloon Fiesta Park. From there, the fast and flat half course winds southward, past Rio Grande Valley State Park for most of the half marathon course, toward the finish line near the historic Old Town Plaza, at Tiguex Park.

Race Weather & Climate

Late summer weather conditions in the Albuquerque area can still be quite warm in early September, as temperatures during the month average between 56°F and 82°F. Rainfall is fairly low, with just over an inch on average during the month.


$50 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2009
$55 between April 1- July 31
$60 between August 1 - September 5


To reserve your spot in the fall 2009 running of the New Mexico Marathon & Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.

Running Groups & Related Sites

www.thatsawrapevents.com - The offical website for the event, with registration info, course maps and more.

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