Roundtop Trail Runs in Anthony Gap!!

Save the date!  Sat. Jan. 30, 2016.  8:10 a.m. start all races.

Anthony Gap, NM (just east of Anthony, TX and NM– yes there are towns in each state, next to each other, with the same name)

4 mile/ 8 mile/ 16 mile/ 27 mile/ 32+ mile (52Km)

(yes, five distances to choose from)

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T-shirts to all runners (all sizes XS to 2 XL available)

Medals to all finishers of 16 mile and longer races

Dozens of door/ raffle prizes.

New pair Mizuno/ Saucony shoes to winners and 2nd placers in 27 mile/ 32 mile.

LOTS of food at start/ finish/ central aid station.  Aid on course every 3 miles.

For on-line registration, please see http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com      (on-line deadline = Thurs. Jan. 28)  Yes, you may register at the start but please get there early and be patient– thank you.

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To get to start:  Exit I-10 at NM exit 162 (Hwy 404/ O’Hare Road).  Head east uphill for 4 miles on Hwy 404. As road starts to flatten and eastbound road turns to two lanes, look LEFT (north) for white metal gate and large “Sierra Vista Trail” sign.  Go through gate and continue .15 of a mile northeast past two fenced-in, above-ground gas pipelines (your gravel road to start goes between the two fenced in pipe-lines).  Parking is in several directions– should be obvious as you drive in.  All races start at second gate (no fence for 30 yards to right of gate).

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Trail/ footing:  Mostly old double-track jeep road.  Much has good dirt footing while in places the old road is overgrown and eroded.  There are a few short stretches of single-track that parallel the old jeep road– the proper route will be well-flagged and delineated.  ll runners receive detailed as well.  Please at least briefly study the map (a copy will be posted at this site ASAP).

Elevation= 4,200′>4,505′.  You are basically following an out-and-back 8 mile route with a small loop near the start.  The 4 mile race turns back sooner )signs, aid stations +-2 miles out from start).  The 27+ mile will also do a partial lap after four full 8 mile laps.

Motel/ hotel/ camping (yes, you may camp at the start but may want to go another few hundred yards north– careful on old gravel road– to be a bit farther from the highway) info. published separately.  Closest amenities (including a good Denny’s restaurant) are 6 miles away– take “Exit 0” which is 2 miles south of Exit 162 that you took for the race.

WEATHER generally below freezing at start, warming to 55-59F (11-15C) in afternoon.

TIME CUT-OFFS:  If intending to run the 53Km, you need to be through the start-finish-parking lot by 6 hours 30 minutes race time.  If you are over that time you are welcome to continue for the short out-and-back (to first aid station) for the 27 mile.

CHANGING DISTANCES DURING THE RACE:  If you sign up for one distance and decide to stop at a shorter option OR keep going to a longer race finish, you will be put in the results but will not be eligible for prizes.  We strongly encourage runners to complete the race distance for which they have signed up.

OTHER QUESTIONS?  Please call or write Mark– markgd55@gmail.com         or  (915)581-9541

 

 

 

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4 responses to “Roundtop Trail Runs in Anthony Gap!!

  1. YEAH!!!!!! We’ll be there!

  2. Victoriano Aguirre

    WHAT ARE THE TIME CUTOFFS?

    • ALL races start 8:10 a.m. M.S.T. For 16+ mile event and shorter you have all day. For longer runs, one should be passing through the start-finish-end of lap area (about 25 miles) in 6 hrs 30 mins IF you plan to continue for 52Km. If you want to do 27 mile option, then you can take your time (you just do a short out-and-back to first aid station to get to 27+ mile distance). Keep in mind the FOOTING here is generally MUCH better than other trails and jeep roads in the area. You will go faster than on northern parts of the Sierra Vista Trail, the State Park/ Jackrabbit trails, etc.

  3. Here is the link to all the photos: https://goo.gl/photos/wcaLj3Fui3jrELcd9
    Thank you! It was a great day.

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