Sugarloaves’ Ultra Results (30 Mile, 60Km) 2015–

***The following, while highly accurate, are not official at the moment. We invite any runners or helpers who notice omissions or errors to contact us. Results of the three shorter races (4 mile, 9 mile, 16 mile) will be posted separately. Thank you to all the great runners and never-tiring race workers who came out in wet, cool, MUDDY conditions.

Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista (S.U.V.) Trail Races
Vado, NM
Jan. 31, 2015
Trails and old jeep roads at 4,100>4,410′.

30.3 Miles:

1. Gail Leedy, 61, Alburquerque, NM (1W) 6:10:50
2. John Stasulli, 40, Killeen, TX 6:38:12
3. Todd Wolford, 49, El Paso, TX 7:07:20
4. Richard Harris, 74, Albuquerque 8:28:11
5. Kelly Perky Garcia, 49, Albuquerque (2W) 8:32:47
6. Clint Burleson, 61, Organ, NM 8:32:48

(7 starters)

60Km (37.4 Miles):

1. Travis McWhorter, 28, Sandia Park, NM 5:47:32
2. Mike McCorgary, 45, El Paso, TX 6:06:16
3. Adan Rivas, 42, Cd. Juarez, Chih., MEX 6:28:29
4. Evelin Molina, 25, Cd. Juarez, Chih. MEX (1W) 7:40:48
5. Kathy Kirsling, 66, Tijeras, NM (2W)

(6 Starters)

Colorful race report, photos plus results of our other races will appear at this blogsite shortly. I am posting this after a long afternoon cleaning up the trails (we had several remote aid stations where water etc. is backpacked in and the 4 wheel drive road to get NEAR the trails is slow and muddy).

BEWARE of Road detours on way to Jan. 31 Sugarloaves’ races!!!

WARNING: We are trying to work out the best way to get to the start and WHERE exactly to start due to the sudden closure of all Vado exit ramps from I-10, plus bridge work and related road works/ detours. We will work with the B.L.M. experts and do the best we can. This will also mean a slightly late start to allow for everyone navigating their way to the races! More news ASAP. Race distances will be the same as announced and we plan to have even more frequent aid stations than ever.

Time cut-offs at Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista 2015

All races start at 8:20 a.m. M.S.T. We would like anyone planning on doing 60Km (37.5 mi.) to be passing through the parking lot/ start/ finish area 30 mile point by 4:00 p.m. (7 hours 40 mins.) if they intend to continue for the full 60Km. These trails are VERY challenging after dark, even for experienced runners. As far as the 30 mile, you have LOTS of time to do that race– until 6:20 p.m. which is TEN hours after the start (or 3 miles/ hour). We would also like 60Km runners finished by 6:20 p.m. Normal sunset on Jan. 31 will be a few minutes before 6. Last yeara nobody– whether 25 or 70– had trouble meeting those time goals. Thanks to everyone for their help and understanding.

2015 Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista (S.U.V.) Trail Races

Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista (S.U.V.) Trail Races

Sat. Jan. 31, 2015

60Km (37.5 mi.), 30 mi., 25Km (15.6 mi.), 4.25 mile.


All races start 8:20 a.m. in Vado, New Mexico.  Start/finish/ parking area = 2 miles east of I-10 Vado exit (exit #155).  Follow winding paved road EAST, uphill, passing large gravel operation, and look for large “Sierra Vista trail” sign just past a power-lines crossing.  Turn left off paved road and parking is soon after the big trail head sign.


Awards:  Finishers of all races receive medals. Note: If you sign up for the 60Km but stop at 30 miles, you are considered a finisher (we also have time cut-off at 30 miles).  For all other races, you must finish the distance for which you sign up to receive a finisher’s medal.

ALL runners get tech t-shirts.  We also have dozens of raffle and door prizes– must be present to win.  1st and 2nd place M/F finishers in longer two races get pair of Asics or Saucony running shoes.

AID:  Our major aid station is in the parking area and is passed at several points throughout the races (detailed course map will be posted ASAP).  There are other smaller aid stations every 2-3 miles along trail, generally self-serve tables with lots of drinks, gels, light snacks.

DISTANCES are as accurate as possible, but keep in mind that there are sometimes last-minute trail relocations or bypasses for a variety of reasons.  These are trail races after all.  Perhaps more important is knowing that there is some very soft sand in several places on the course, and some other footing is rocky and loose.  The CLIMB (elev. gain) in 60Km = 3,150′.  Altitude varies between 4,100′>4,420′.  No single climbs taller than 50-60 feet, but again some of those climbs/ drops are on rough footing.


More detailed course description and map posted separately.


You may CAMP at the start area, but it can be awfully cold at night.  Normal lows = 32F, normal highs 59F.  A big campgrund is 2 miles down the road at Vado exit.  Many motels nearby in Las Cruces and El Paso.  Two truck stops with last minute food items are at the Vado exit.


Please feel free to contact us with any other questions.


We look forward to welcoming you in person to the high desert trails.


Mark Dorion and Family

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


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