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What is 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 gives experienced marathoners to beginning runners a chance to dream bigger and run faster.
When is the Race?
2019 Race Date – Saturday, September 14, 2019
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 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
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 2019 race pamphlet.
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. 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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Become a VIP
Elevate your Merit Race experience and become a VIP today! Prepare for the big day with a 16 week pro coaching program and enjoy exclusive perks such as access to the race recovery tent as well as a post-race massage and much, much more! Although the training at elevate and pro-marathon coaching has no more room, you can still enjoy many of the benefits at a discounted price. Space is still limited.
Only 54 spaces available