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New Mexico > Pajarito Trail Runs Festival
Los Alamos, NM



Saturday, October 11, 2008

Event Details

An autumn counterpart to the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs that take place in the spring, Los Alamos's Pajarito Trail Runs Festival focuses less on the longer distances and more on an enjoyable trail run through the Pajarito Mountain and Canada Bonita trail areas, with a half-marathon and 10K only. The 2007 running of the event was its inaugural run, and organizers expect 2008 to attract even more runners to the field of roughly 120 that came out for the first annual race.

Both the half marathon and 10K races follow the same loop trail that starts and finishes at the Camp May lodge in the shadow of Pajarito Mountain, and takes runners on a course of single-track trails and dirt roads around the mountain. The half-marathon breaks off from the 10K around the half-way point (of the half marathon) and continues on the Guaje Canyon Trail for about 3.5 miles. At the end of this stretch, runners reach the turnaround point and make their way back along the course to the finish line back at the lodge.

Green, grassy meadows and forest lands thick with evergreen trees are common sights runners find along the rocky dirt trails of this race, which offers challenging climbs in elevation as well as plenty of gently sloping hills to give you a rest along the way. The course is also most definitely a high-altitude race -- the half marthon starts at 9,250 feet above sea level and reaches a peak of nearly 10,500 feet at mile 3.5. From there, the course begins a long, sometimes steep decline, but never drops below about 9,100 feet in elevation.

Race Weather & Climate

Weather conditions in Los Alamos in mid-fall tend to be mild but can also get quite cold, evidenced by October temperatures that average between 61°F and 37°F. Rainfall tends to be moderate to low, as the city sees an average of about 1.54 inches during the month.


$35 if registered before October 7, 2008
$40 after Oct. 7
$50 on the day of the race


To register for the 2008 running of the Pajarito Trail Runs Festival, register online here or download and mail in this printable form.



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