Race Info

Experience The Heights

Sandia Crest Marathon is a beautiful course and takes you from the high road of Sandia Crest, down into the low beautiful canyons of Cibola National Forest. Passing Sandia Ski Resort, the race winds through fall foliage, canyon vistas even passing landmark Tinkertown. Eventually historic Route 66 gives way to the final push down central avenue with the best city views Albuquerque has to offer. This course is fast, and contains more than 25 miles of downhill paved roads. Your PR and BQ will be closer as this is now the fastest marathon course in all of New Mexico! This course has limited permits, be sure to sign up as this inaugural and annual event is sure to sell out fast! This is a USTAF certified course and will be chip timed.

  • When

    Race Starts at 7:00AM
    September 15, 2018
  • Where

    Sandia Crest
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


This will be a one-way, closed course, with Pro Chip Timing. Aid will be provided on the course every 3 miles for the first 15, miles, then every 2 miles until mile 21, then every mile until the finish, Porto-a-Potties will be at most aid stations, and at the finish. The finish line will have Chocolate Milk, Bananas, and proper recovery nutrition. Buses will depart Manzano Mesa Multi Generation Center starting at 4:00 AM. (VIP Departs at 6:00 AM) More info will be posted on our site as race day nears. Updates will also be sent via Email on a consistent basis.

The Course

Steep & Fast

The Merit Race Series is one of the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying courses east of the Rio Grande. With a descent of about 4,500+ feet over the course of the race, Merit is both challenging and exhilarating.

Course FAQs

  • Photos included in price
  • First class finisher medals are provided to all participants who cross the finish line
  • Shirts will be second to none in comfort and design
  • Bag of swag will be available for pickup at the expo and will contain foil blankets, gloves, and your race bib. Finish line expo will be at Manzano Mesa Community Center
The packet pickup will be held at Manzano Mesa Community Center. There will be vendors to pick up last minute race items, as well as numerous outside health vendors including nutrition, recovery specialists and much more!
Our sponsor hotel is Marriott ABQ. They have 400 room blocked off exclusively for our event. Click here to reserve a room.
We understand injury, life, and other things can get between you and race day. At Merit we allow you to transfer to another runner, defer your race up to 2 years, switch between half-full distances, and even receive a partial refund if you choose to withdraw completely. Runners know that sometimes life can get in the way, and if it does merit doesn’t penalize you! Email meritraceseries@gmail.com if you’d like to defer.
We know all the information isn’t on our site yet. It’s Coming SOON! If you have a question that can’t wait regarding course info, aid at aid stations, type of drink on the course, port-a-potties on the course, or any other information you need answered, please email us at MeritRaceSeries@Gmail.com

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