New Mexico > AlamoShape Sunset Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Alamogordo, NM • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 3rd annual running in the early fall of 2013 along the streets of this southern New Mexico city, which lies just a short drive from camping, hiking and outdoor recreation meccas like the nearby Lincoln National Forest and the White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo's Sunset Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is set to take runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the AlamoShape fitness center.
Because it is truly a "sunset run," runners will need to note that the race begins not in the morning but in the early evening, with a 4:00 PM starting time from AlamoShape's location near the intersection of 1st Street and Florida Avenue. Though the highest temperature of the day will likely have already been reached by 6 PM, runners are advised that it could still be warm during the race -- temperatures could be anywhere from the low 70s to as high as the mid-80s -- so you'll need to be prepared for a warm-weather run.
Runners will start the race along Florida Avenue and head south along the road until they reach Santa Cruz Drive, where they turn left and head east. The turn on Santa Cruz is followed by turns on Playa Azul Street and Mimosa Avenue before the route brings runners back onto Florida Avenue, where they turn left and head south for roughly the next two miles through a combination of residential neighborhoods and wide-open fields out in the desert-like environment.
After a couple of miles along Florida Avenue, the course turns again when runners reach Desert Lakes Road. Here, runners turn right and head first along the edges of the neighborhood here, and then straight through the neighborhood and through its golf course -- whose green fairways will seem like an anomaly compared to the terrain along the rest of the course -- along Hamilton Road.
This stretch also marks the end of the long, gradual downhill runners have been making their way down for the previous few miles, as the course will rise again slightly once runners reach the mid-way point of the race, where Hamilton meets up with San Pedro Drive.
Next, the course makes a loop along San Pedro, taking runners east, north and west again for a two-mile stretch that features a combination of agricultural fields and wide-open desert lands. Once runners complete the loop on San Pedro and head back onto Hamilton, they begin the return route back toward AlamoShape, retracing their steps all the way back to the fitness center and making a long, very gradual uphill back toward the start for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the western edge of the Lincoln National Forest in central southern New Mexico, roughly 200 miles south of Albuquerque, Alamogordo can still see occasionally warm weather in October, when temperatures average between 48°F and 76°F.
On the day of the race (Oct. 26), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 72°F, while rainfall is relatively scarce this time of year, averaging about 1.4 inches for the month.
See the race route map for the AlamoShape Sunset Run Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Alamagordo's AlamoShape Sunset Run Half Marathon, 5K or 10K race, register online at Race360.com.
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