Balsam Cap Transcend Ten (10 Hour Fun Run!) Dec. 14, 2014.

The race name may seem a tad unwieldy, but the trails and short road segments are well-marked and provide an enjoyable and runnable mix of terrain. This fixed-time pre-holiday run has a long history and has featured Olympians, well-known authors, Grammy-award-winning musicians, and plenty of regular mid and back-of-pack runners seeking a nice long run at year’s end. Run starts and finishes in the high, rolling desert east of Vado, NM.

The format = everyone does some longer loops (8 miles or so each) for the first 22+ miles, then has a choice of continuing on longer segments or moving to shorter 2 mile route where each 1/4 mile is clearly signed. Run starts 7:15 a.m. M.S.T. and you may do as much or as little as you like. The marathon and 50Km points are clearly signed. Aid (water, sports drink, soda, crackers, gels) every 2.5 miles with major resupply point in parking area passed at 3 miles, 10 miles, 17 miles, etc.

T-shirts and door/ raffle prizes to everyone who comes out and makes an effort.

For more info. please contact us at: OR (915)581-9541 (H).

and we invite all runners to a post-run meal 2 miles down the road at a good Mexican diner. Hope to see you in scenic southern New Mexico!

Roundtop R.O.X. 2014 Ultra Race Results:

Roundtop R.O.X. Ultra Race Results 2014
Sun. Nov. 2. Vado, New Mexico.
Narrow single-track trails and old jeep roads at 4,200>4,420′.

33.4 Mile (53.8Km)

1. Peter Livingstone, 50, Las Cruces, NM 6:11:41 C.R.
2. Silas Peterson, 38, Santa Fe, NM 7:19:09
3. Kathy Kirsling, 65, Tijeras, NM 7:50:47 (C.R., 1W)
4. Dr. Kelly Perky Garcia, 48, Albuquerque 8:54:35 (2W)

(6 starters)

27.1 Mile (44Km)

1. Catherine Pinkston, 30, Illinois 5:49:14 (1W)
2. Eduardo Huereca, 39, Ciudad Juarez, CHIH 6:04:11
3. Ulises Ricoy, 38, Espanola, NM 7:00:53

(4 starters)

The day and event was a success: nobody took a wrong turn/ got lost, nobody got hurt, nobody got overly dehydrated, the sleepy rattlesnake in the trail did not bother anyone, the many HUGE horned toads/ frogs did not get stepped on by anyone, and the runners and support crews all had good things to say about the course and races.

The particular 6.35 mile out-back section of the Sierra Vista Trail (a 35 mile long trail connecting El Paso, TX with Las Cruces, NM) we used featured a little bit of everything: deep, wooded arroyos, high flat grasslands with plenty of grazing cows, serpentine, narrow single-track trail through brushy high desert, and a well-stocked turnaround aid station on the slopes of Bishop Cap/ Balsam Cap Ridge which allowed 50 mile views of mountains in three states and two countries (as well as a clear view of the cars and start/ finish area 3 miles away!).

Thank you to all the ultra runners as well as the competitors in the companion shorter races who came out on a day that started out hot and sunny and ended up with continuous passing thunder/ lightning storms.

We hope all these great runners will come back Jan. 31st for the 5th annual Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista (S.U.V.) that starts and finishes in the same spot, but which features trails going in several different directions as well as fancier aid and prizes.

Best wishes to all runners around the globe,

Mark and Helen and Family

R.O.X. Results and Lightning!

Below are the results from the two “shorter” Roundtop “R.O.X.” trail races held Sunday Nov. 2 in the rolling high desert east of Vado, New Mexico. A series of LIGHTNING storms came at us from various directions of the compass all afternoon; this made for some excitement and dramatic photos. Speaking of photos, to see the professional shots taken by Kelly Perky Garcia DURING her steady 33 mile race, try this link:

Further results and analysis/ color commentary ASAP. ALSO– our annual end-of-year Fun Run, the “Balsam Cap Transcend Ten” (10 hour, with marked 50Km and 40 mile points, or you can go for the full ten hours) is planned for Sunday December 14. The big SUGARLOAVES’ ULTRA VISTA (S.U.V.) is set for Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 and like last year will include the amazingly popular 25Km (15.6 mile) as well as several other distances including the traditional 60Km (37.5 miles).

Roundtop R.O.X. 6 Mile Results:

1. David Jakcson, 50, Santa Teresa, NM 54:54
2. Dustin Cotta, 30, El Paso, TX 1:04:30
3. George Rivera, 50, Anthony, N.M. 1:07:10
4. Leigh Ann Sunger, 24, El Paso 1:09:00 (1W)
5. Victor Garcia, 33, El Paso 1:12:24
6. Sabrina Cotta, 31, El Paso 1:13:18 (2W)
7. Kathy Patterson, 46, El Paso 1:26:48 (3W)
8. Connie Hayes, 40, El Paso 1:28:14 (4W)
9. Quinn Patterson, 21, El Paso 1:30:01
(11 Starters)

13 Mile Results:

1. Bobby Dominguez, 53, El Paso 1:56:04
2. James Butler, 42, El Paso 1:59:59
3. Amanda Raulerson, 27, El Paso 2:04:40 (1W)
4. Jose Valdez, 27, El Paso 2:17:11
5. Jamila Williams, 35, Las Cruces 2:41:40 (2W)
(6 starters)

(again– other results and reports pending)

Everyone who came out and charged up and down the steep-sided arroyos and foothills of the Vado wilds deserves a big round of applause!

On-line registration–

For on-line registration– our usual site–

For other questions or information–

Contact Mark–

Recent record rain and wind have caused serious erosion and rock-slides on parts of the course, but we are on top of it (we think!)

And remember, you are welcome to register in person on Sunday morning Nov. 2 (races do not start till 8:20 a.m.).

Best wishes and Happy Hallowe’en to all runners!

Roundtop “R.O.X.” Update for Nov. 2, 2014!

Please note race is set for Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 (not Nov 1 as reported earlier) with 8:20 a.m. start for all races!  The long option (real deal) = 53Km (33 miles) and you have 10 (ten) hours to do it (some easy cut-off times).

And you are welcome to call it a day at the 27+ mile distance too– same medals and good prizes too.

More news ASAP– come join the fun in New Mexico on November 2!!!

Mark & Family & Friends

Annual ROUNDTOP Overlook X-Country (R.O.X.) Trail Races Nov. 1, 2014

Come join the fun in the mountains of southern New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

ROUNDTOP OVERLOOK X-Country (R.O.X.) Trail Races

Vado, New Mexico (between Las Cruces and El Paso, in the scenic Organ Mountains)

8:20 a.m. Start all races.

52Km (32 mi.)/ 27 mile/ 10 mile/ 4.6 mile (7.5 Km)

“Something for everyone”  Courses = mixture of old dirt jeep road, narrow and twisty single-track trail, and a few short paved country road sections.  Elevation= 4,012′> 4,410′  Climb in 52Km= +- 3,950′.

Aid stations every 2-3 miles, pass main parking area (your vehicle)/ tents/ buffet at +- 2 miles/ 10 miles/ 18+ miles/ 27 miles.

Typical weather for Nov. 1= lows of 39F, highs of 74F.  It can be quite WINDY (in 2013, gusts of 50+MPH).

T-shirts to all runners.

Medals to all finishers of two longer races.  Ribbons to finishers of two shorter races.

Entry fees= $30 for longer two runs, $25 for shorter, add $5 for any run for which you enter after October 30.  You may enter race morning.

Directions to start:  Get off I-10 Vado exit (exit #155).  Drive 2 miles EAST (uphill, on twisting paved road, towards mountains– Bishop Cap = the pointy peak with metal tower on top.)  At power-lines that is two miles from I-10, follow trail head signs left (northeast) on gravel road 200 yards to main parking area.  Start and finish here.  All runs start with a few easy miles on paved road you drove in on before hitting trails.

Questions?  Please contact us at:       or (915)581-9541

******ON-LINE REGISTRATION = raceadventuresunlimited  (see below) or at El Paso’s Up And Running East and West side shops.

Hope to see you out there in the high desert!

Sugarloaves’ Ultra Results/ Feb. 1, 2014.

***n.b.:  The following results, while unofficial, ARE however highly accurate.  Please contact us with any omissions, corrections, etc.

29.5 Mile (47.5 Km)/ Mostly trails with elevation ranging between 4,050′>4,410′.

1.  Eugene Smith, 30, Las Cruces, N.M.        5:00:12

2.  Roger Squires, 53, Albuquerque, N.M.    5:20:14

3.  Erik Dye, 36, Sandy, UT                           5:31:50

4.  Kristoffer Villamin, 35, El Paso, TX           5:33:11

5.  Yuriy Esperson, 53, Rego Park, NY         6:05:31

6.  Richard Harris, 73, Albuquerque             7:31:02

7.  Kelley Garcia, 48, Albuquerque (1F)       7:48:01



38.8 Miles.

1.  Marco Zuniga, 41, Durango, CO        5:44:01

1. *** Robert Reynolds, 33, Tucson, AZ  4:52:31

     **Note:  Robert was inadvertently misdirected on the course and missed approximately 4 miles.  

3.  Garth Reader, 51, Los Alamos, N.M.   6:32:21

4.  Stephen Wilson, 26, El Paso               6:42:51

5.  Peter Livingstone, 49, Las Cruces      6:44:45

6.  Greg Luffey, 50, El Paso                     7:49:50

7.  Nicholas Juskiewicz, 53, Albuquerque  8:16:16

8.  David Townshend, 39, Evansville, IN    8:31:19

**Zachary Wise ran over 31 miles (50Km)

Several runners dropped down to the 29 mile (which is permitted), while others stopped well short of that.

Full race report to follow.  

Best wishes to all ultra runners, 
Mark Dorion and Helen Ellison-Dorion

6 Mile & 15 Mile Results/ 2014 Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista Trail Races

To all runners and helpers:  While unofficial, the following results ARE however highly accurate.  If you see anything that may need correction or clarification, please contact us.  We will have ultra results in a separate post. Thank you.


1.)  J.T. Hess, 24, El Paso, TX                 45:52

2.)  Kenneth King, 30, El Paso                 49:10

3.)  Julian Canales, 28, El Paso               49:55

4.)  Tyrus Taylor, 44, El Paso                  50:06

5.)  Chay Blount, 38, El Paso                   50:14

6.)  Courtney Franks, 25, El Paso  (1F)   52:19

7.)  Cosette Montanez, 42, El Paso (2F)  52:25

8.)  Matthew Quick, 39, El Paso               53:14

9.)  Heidi Johnson, 41, El Paso (3F)        54:25

10.) Fiona Decaudin, 23, El Paso (4F)    55:44

11.) Isaac Morales, 21, Anthony, N.M.     56:48

12.) George Rivera, 51, Anthony, N.M.    56:48

13.) Wendy Walker, 37, El Paso (5F)       59:34

14.) Erica Benjarano, 27, El Paso (6F)   1:01:46

15.) Cecilia Little, 49, Chapin, N.M. (7F)  1:02:34

16.) Samara Pitre, 42, El Paso (8F)         1:05:00

17.) JoAnna Johnson, 33, Rio Rancho, N.M.(9F) 1:07:21

18.) Maureen Simpkins, 45, El Paso (10F)    1:13:48

19.) Christine Comacha, 33, El Paso (11F)   1:13:56

20.) Greg Garvey, 41, Mesilla, N.M.               1:17:24

21.) Jacqueline Corpus, 28, El Paso (12F)     1:47:20

22.) Michael Jelen, 48, El Paso                       1:47:36

(23 Starters)


15.5 Mile:

1.)  Tomas Forsman, 42, Alamogordo, N.M.    1:57:10

2.)  Alex Delgadillo, 37, El Paso, TX                2:06:10

3.)  David Shank, 45, El Paso                         2:07:40

4.) Dan Carter, 31, Las Cruces, N.M.              2:08:03

5.) Lyle Levert, 25, Florida                              2:13:44

6.) Miguel Carter, 50, El Paso                         2:15:35

7.) Larry White, 40, Fountain, CO                   2:20:41

8.) Abel Farias, 2:21:25, Temple, TX              2:21:25

9.) Bernardo Del Hierro, 34, El Paso              2:22:38

10.) William Ortiz, 47, Albuquerque, N.M.       2:23:45

11.) Ryan Browne, 29, Ephrata, WA              2:26:31

12.) Gretchen McElroy, 49, El Paso (1F)       2:27:36

13.) Jennifer Krismer, 25, McAllen, TX (2F)   2:29:27

14.) Mark Lenox, 55, El Paso                        2:31:27

15.) Mark Lusk, 64, El Paso                          2:44:00

16.) Lola Bernal, 51, El Paso (3F)                2:52:07

17.) Rolando Flores, 36, El Paso                 2:52:51

18.) Jessica Margheric, 36, El Paso (4F)     3:00:29

19.) Rosalba Bazar, El Paso (5F)                3:09:25

20.) Connie Hayes, 57, El Paso (6F)           3:19:35

21.) Jim Schwartzbach, El Paso                   3:25:32

22.) Scott Kuyawa, 55, El Paso                   3:52:02

(23 starters)

Sugarloaves’ 2014 Runners Were Awesome!

Despite challenging hills, sandy footing, rough weather (including severe winds that blew over tables, chairs, signs, etc.), and a few places that could have been better marked/ flagged, the nearly 100 (!) runners plus a few dogs were cheerful, patient, and appreciative.

Our small but rugged crew (including the amazing Franklin high school runner Brian Rowley, and several runners who helped before and after their races– Wendy, George, etal.) was elated but overwhelmed by the amount of race day registrants.  

As one veteran runner told us, “Hey– no one got hurt, or lost off the course, everyone was friendly and the scenery was awesome– things went well!”

We are working today to clean up the course and get ACCURATE results posted ASAP.  If you note an omission etc. in the results, please just let us know.  Also if you did not get a finisher’s medal etc., contact us with your mailing address.

Remember that there are several upcoming local trail events, including the beautiful Sierra Vista Runs on March 8 and the 17th annual Jackrabbit Classic in the Franklin Mountains a week later.  Once we change the clocks we also generally run some of the trails on Crazycat Mountain near the westside El Paso Up And Running shop on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m.(refreshments after). Will post more info. later.

All best wishes to all runners and helpers,

Mark, Helen, Amalia and Toby Dorion

Current Sugarloaves’ Course Desc. (Jan. 27, 2014)

Course as it is flagged at present: Start from large gravel SVT parking lot, run .8 mi. west on paved road, sharp right (north) on dirt road, 200 yds. on dirt road, around cones and return to start (2 miles).
Next– head west out of gravel parking lot again, go around dirt road circle by power-lines (see map, circle is well-flagged and various piles of brush and wood have been stacked there), hit paved road, LEFT (east) down paved road, carefully merging across to south side of paved road. After .2 of mi. on paved road, hard RIGHT (south) onto “Old” SV Trail going south. Follow flags south on winding, narrow single-track for over 1 mile to where single-track merges with power-lines dirt road. South of power-lines road about half a mile to well-marked aid station/ turnaround (should be fans there cheering you on).
You are about 4 miles into the race at this southmost turnaround/ aid station. Retrace steps to junction just south of paved road, follow flags and signs on more direct “new” SV trail as it crosses paved road and enters brush on north side of road. From the road crossing the 5.5 mile racers are just 1/4 mile from the finish. ALL RACES run together back to the parking lot at the 5.5 mile point. This is a major aid station and a good time for longer race runners to resupply.
After leaving the 5.5 mile runners, longer racers again head west on dirt road, go around circle by power-lines, and then repeat south loop from last south trail loop.
The only difference is this time when you cross the paved road, you KEEP GOING NORTH on the SV Trail– you do not cut back over to the main parking area (that is 1/4 mile out of your way).
Follow generally well-maintained single-track 3 miles through arroyos and dry creek beds before emerging at SIX (6) WAY junction at foot of Bishop Cap Peak. There are the ruins of an old adobe hut 100 yards to your east (visible) at this point. Cross six way junction on diagonal, staying on single-track (follow signs, bike tread). Single-track climbs gradually along side of ridge going north. Turnaround is similar to R.O.X. event back in November, a bit higher up, well-marked. You are only running about .4 of a mile northeast of six way junction. Retrace your steps to finish. This will be the end for 25Km (15+ mi) racers.
Ultra runners proceed to do another 10 mile loop like the one just described– around the dirt road circle by power-lines, down the paved road to the SV south, etc.
Keep in mind we have abundant water and all sorts of drinks every 2-3 miles– there is no need to get dehydrated. Also, runners are welcome to drop down to a shorter distance. However, you need to finish one of the four set distances/ courses to receive the many finishers’ prizes (medals, awards, salsa, fame and fortune). If you are over 6:50 (6 hours 50 mins) at the 25.5 mile point as you finish big lap #2 in the parking lo,t you will be directed to go back out for just the scenic little 3+ mile south loop, thus returning to the finish at 29 miles– a MOST respectable ultra finish on a deceptively tough course (the low point at the south end is 500′ +below the high point on “Plattekill Hill” at the north end).
60Km runners do a whole third 10 mile loop and then a slightly shorter south loop to the “Wildnerness Aid Station” (and obvious point) and back. There will be wild animals sniffing around the Wilderness Aid Station.
WE will have mile-by-mile turn sheets and detailed color maps at the start/ sign-in. All tricky junctions on the course are marked with orange tape, cones, signs, etc. WE are doing our best to help this be a safe and fun event.


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