Race Across New Mexico Details

We have several races planned in New Mexico.

NM01 – Border to Border (14 Marathons)

The Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century described central New Mexico (just west of Carrizozo) the impassable Malpais or “badlands”.  Here, you will find buffalo grass, stunted mesquite trees and cacti.

The Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century described central New Mexico (just west of Carrizozo) the impassable Malpais or “badlands”. Here, you will find buffalo grass, stunted mesquite trees and cacti.

The Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century described central New Mexico (just west of Carrizozo) the impassable Malpais or “badlands”. Here, you will find buffalo grass, stunted mesquite trees and cacti. At the center of it all is the Valley of Fires — a huge field of black lava that measures 44 miles long, up to two miles wide as much as 160 feet deep. From space, the area looks like a black gash in the earth.

The VLA (or Very Large Array) is a surreal place with 27 massive (each 82 feet in diameter) satellite dishes arranged in a Y formation that are connected together into a single large radio telescope.

The VLA (or Very Large Array) is a surreal place with 27 massive (each 82 feet in diameter) satellite dishes arranged in a Y formation that are connected together into a single large radio telescope.

Even though the area has a long and interesting history, New Mexico didn’t become a state until 1911. (Only Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii became states later.) To start, our path will take us near the Cibola National Forest. Here, we will likely see elk and deer in the early morning or late evening. Soon after, we will cross the Continental divide – a mountainous divide that extends from the Bering Strait (in Alaska) to the Strait of Magellan (in Chile). Outside of Magdalena, we will see the VLA (or Very Large Array) just outside of Socorro. This is a surreal place with 27 massive (each 82 feet in diameter) satellite dishes arranged in a Y formation that are connected together into a single large radio telescope. After eight days of running, we will take a break to visit local schools, telling students about the journey and also inviting them to join the 100 Mile Club®.

The Hondo Valley is the birthplace of Smokey the Bear.

The Hondo Valley is the birthplace of Smokey the Bear.

Over the next seven days, we will enter Hondo Valley, the birthplace of Smokey the Bear. The U.S. Government founded Fort Stanton in 1855 to protect settlements of the Hondo Valley from the rampaging tribes during the Apache Wars. The fort operated until 1899 with an interruption from 1862 to 1864 when Confederate forces occupied the facility. When the fort reopened under the US Army in 1864, the first commandant was Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson. Most historians consider Lincoln “the most unchanged and authentic old west town remaining in the US.” Due to the Lincoln County War, Lincoln also has the dubious distinction of being “the most violent town in western American history.” Of all the crimes that took place during this period, only one man, Billy Bonney (also known as, Billy the Kid).

No visit to New Mexico would be complete without a visit to… PIE TOWN!

No visit to New Mexico would be complete without a visit to… PIE TOWN!

No visit to New Mexico would be complete without a visit to… PIE TOWN! While not exactly heart healthy, there are two pie shops located here. Pie Town has had pie shops, off and on, since the 1920’s. Now in a village with a post office, an attorney’s office, one RV park and a volunteer fire department, there are two pie shops. When we drove through Pie Town during our Scouting Mission, we stopped at the Good Pie Café and met Tanya Duffy the Waitress and Sales Manager. One of their specialties is New Mexican Apple Pie made with local apples, pinion nuts and mild green chilies.

For 65 years, Roswell has been the center of a UFO controversy.

For 65 years, Roswell has been the center of a UFO controversy.

For 65 years, Roswell has been the center of a UFO controversy. On July 5, 1947, a ranch hand named Mac Brazel was checking for damage to fences and line shacks following a particularly severe thunderstorm the previous evening. He stumbled upon a field of metallic debris that he could not identify. He turned the material over to the Chaves County Sheriff who subsequently delivered it to the Roswell Army Air Field. On July 8, the Army Air Corp (a predecessor to the Air Force) issued a press release stating that a “flying disk” had been found. The Roswell Daily Record headlined that a “flying saucer had been captured.” Today, you can visit the museum dedicated to this event.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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NM02 – Continental Divide (4 Marathons)

Join us for some of the most interesting parts of the route through New Mexico. This challenge event includes the VLA (Very Large Array) just outside of Socorro. This is a surreal place with 27 massive (each 82 feet in diameter) satellite dishes arranged in a Y formation that are connected together into a single large radio telescope. Another favorite is Pie Town! While not exactly heart healthy, there are two pie shops located here. Pie Town has had pie shops, off and on, since the 1920’s. Now in a village with a post office, an attorney’s office, one RV park and a volunteer fire department, there are two pie shops. When we drove through Pie Town during our Scouting Mission, we stopped at the Good Pie Café and met Tanya Duffy the Waitress and Sales Manager. One of their specialties is New Mexican Apple Pie made with local apples, pinion nuts and mild green chilies.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC and the State Team who are running all the way across the state. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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NM03 – Heart of NM (4 Marathons)

The Heart of New Mexico to the beautiful Hondo Valley, the birthplace of Smokey the Bear. The U.S. Government founded Fort Stanton in 1855 to protect settlements of the Hondo Valley from the rampaging tribes during the Apache Wars. The fort operated until 1899 with an interruption from 1862 to 1864 when Confederate forces occupied the facility. When the fort reopened under the US Army in 1864, the first commandant was Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson. Most historians consider Lincoln “the most unchanged and authentic old west town remaining in the US.” Due to the Lincoln County War, Lincoln also has the dubious distinction of being “the most violent town in western American history.” Of all the crimes that took place during this period, only one man, Billy Bonney (also known as, Billy the Kid).

For 65 years, Roswell has been the center of a UFO controversy. On July 5, 1947, a ranch hand named Mac Brazel was checking for damage to fences and line shacks following a particularly severe thunderstorm the previous evening. He stumbled upon a field of metallic debris that he could not identify. He turned the material over to the Chaves County Sheriff who subsequently delivered it to the Roswell Army Air Field. On July 8, the Army Air Corp (a predecessor to the Air Force) issued a press release stating that a “flying disk” had been found. The Roswell Daily Record headlined that a “flying saucer had been captured.” Today, you can visit the museum dedicated to this event.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC and the State Team who are running all the way across the state. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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NM04 – Alien Encounter (4 Marathons)

For 65 years, Roswell has been the center of a UFO controversy. On July 5, 1947, a ranch hand named Mac Brazel was checking for damage to fences and line shacks following a particularly severe thunderstorm the previous evening. He stumbled upon a field of metallic debris that he could not identify. He turned the material over to the Chaves County Sheriff who subsequently delivered it to the Roswell Army Air Field. On July 8, the Army Air Corp (a predecessor to the Air Force) issued a press release stating that a “flying disk” had been found. The Roswell Daily Record headlined that a “flying saucer had been captured.” Today, you can visit the museum dedicated to this event.

After Roswell the road narrows to two lanes. It has a “middle of nowhere” feel to it. There is very little traffic and even fewer residents.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC and the State Team who are running all the way across the state. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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The following is a list of suggested accommodations for state runners. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of these listings or for the quality of the establishments.


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  1. Used with permission from Colon Terrell.
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  5. Used with permission from Colon Terrell.