The Pecos Giddy-Up is a high elevation run through scenic Pecos, New Mexico. At 6,932 feet above sea level, the Pecos Giddy-Up Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K runs are a great way to train for other lower-elevation runs. The certified 13.1 mile half marathon course will take runners through the Pecos Valley, and is surrounded by the Santa Fe National forest. The proceeds from this event will go to help the Pecos Valley Medical Center which services a medically underserved area.
Pecos is located between historic Santa Fe and Las Vegas, N.M., at the site of a mountain pass used by travelers for centuries. This pass was used by ancient nomadic Indian tribes by travelers on the Santa Fe Trail and was the site of a Civil War battle that changed the course of the war and of our United States of America. Pecos is a small, friendly village perched at the edge of a vast wilderness area still pristine in its offerings of fly fishing, hiking, camping, and running of course.
The half marathon will start approximately 1/10 of a mile south of the Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Grounds, and runners will run south along NM63 for about four miles. Along this four mile stretch runners will have to contend with the courses two toughest hills, but the views of the Rowe Mesa will help them get through it. During this four mile section of the course runners will also run next to the Pecos National Monument, and the Forked Lighting Ranch (once owned by Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson).
Runners will then turn onto Old Denver Hwy and continue north towards Santa Fe. On this section, runners will be surrounded by the wonderful scenery of the Pecos Valley for 4.8 miles. Runners will have the Rowe Mesa to their left and views of the Santa Fe National Forest in front and to the left of them. This portion of the course features some gentle hills and some level running area.
From Old Denver Highway runners will use the Lower La Joya access road to get on to Highway 50. Once on Highway 50, runners will be on the last portion of the first annual Pecos Giddy-Up. This 3.8-mile section is mostly level with a few down hill areas. Along Highway 50, runners will pass the Pecos Valley Medical Center to which proceeds of this event will be given to.
At the end of this portion of the course runners will turn back onto NM63 and will run the last half mile of the course down Main Street Pecos and will finish 2/10 of a mile from the Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Grounds. At the rodeo grounds, runners will gather for an awards celebration, where both runners and fundraisers will be recognized for their outstanding performances.
- Provided by Alberto Lopez, Pecos Valley Medical Center
Weather & Climate
Located in central northern New Mexico, just over 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe, Pecos typically sees mild to moderately warm and occasionally rainy weather in August, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 82°F and 51°F. On the day of the race (Aug. 14), the average high is 82°F and the average low is 52°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.5 inches for the month, making August the city's wettest month of the year.
Half Marathon registration
$35, plus a $100 fundraising requirement
$30, plus a $100 fundraising requirement
$25, plus a $100 fundraising requirement
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2011 running of New Mexico's Pecos Giddy-Up Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at FirstGiving.com.
Course Area Map
View Larger Map
Leave a Comment or Review the Pecos Giddy-Up Half Marathon >>
Ever run in New Mexico's annual Pecos Giddy-Up Half Marathon? Share your impressions and read fellow runners' stories and tips for the event.