Registration is OPEN! We are RUNNING IT, in 2021.
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Registration Close Date is Tuesday, Sept 21st!

What is the The Sandia Crest Marathon?

It’s a place where beauty meets sweat, where mountain peaks meet valley troughs, and where possibility meets actualization. As a Boston qualifying and USTAF certified course (NM18003MWC), the Sandia Crest Marathon In Albuquerque, NM, gives experienced marathoners to beginning runners a chance to dream bigger and run faster.

When is the Race?

September 25, 2021

The Sandia Crest Marathon kicks off just as summer is coming to a close with the leaves transforming from vibrant greens to remarkable hues of red, orange, and yellow. It is a breathtaking way to experience autumn in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

What Do I Get?

So what exactly comes to those that Merit? Aside from the stunning views of September foliage and the glory of tackling this fast, downhill, and exhilarating race, you’ll also receive a first class race medal, event photos, an exclusive t-shirt, and a bag of swag that’ll include foil blankets, gloves, and your race bib

#1 Rated Marathon / Half Marathon
in New Mexico

It was our first time running a downhill race and we loved it! The course was great and didn't get boring; towards the end, the traffic wasn't controlled as well as it could have been but it was done otherwise very well. The only complaint we had for this race was the hour long wait

C. A.

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Race Info

With a net elevation loss of 4,459ft., this Boston Qualifier is currently the fastest in New Mexico and one you won’t want to miss! Find out more about what you can expect from the race, including information about the course itself, packet pickup, your race day schedule and more! Click here to download our 2021 race pamphlet.

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The Course

The Sandia Crest Marathon follows a fast-paced course that takes you along the beautiful, winding paths down the Sandia Mountains and deep into the canyons of the Cibola National Forest. Just minutes outside of Albuquerque, runners will follow the majority of the route downhill, with paved roads, including the historic Route 66 which boasts some of the best city views Albuquerque has to offer!

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Elevate your Sandia Crest Marathon experience and become a VIP today! Enjoy exclusive perks such as access to the race recovery tent as well as a post-race massage and much, much more! Space is still limited.
Only 54 spaces available

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Contact Us

Have questions about the course, packet pickup, or just want to reach out to us to share your excitement? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at, or leave us a message directly by clicking here!

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