Race Info

Experience The Heights

The 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. Runners will follow the majority of the route downhill, with 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 annual event WILL SELL OUT! This is a USTAF certified course and will be chip timed.

  • When

    Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • Where

    Sandia Crest
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This will be a one-way, closed course, with chip timing provided by Chronotrack. Aid will be limited due to Covid procedures. We will provide 8oz water bottles that are sealed for your safety, as well as powerade 8oz bottles for electrolytes. We will not be providing fruit, or other nutrition that requires handling. We will be providing gels, however selection will be limited on the course every 3 miles for the first 15, miles, then every 2 miles until mile 23. Porto-a-Potties will be at most aid stations, and at the finish. The finish line will have Chocolate Milk, and proper recovery nutrition. Buses will depart Manzano Mesa Multi Generation Center starting at 4:00 AM. (VIP Departs at 6:00 AM). The full marathon will begin at 6:30 am. The half marathon will begin at 7:00 am.

The Course

Steep & Fast

The Albuquerque Marathon is one of the fastest Boston qualifier 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.

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