2021 RACE CANCELLED
Please note, the events for 2021 have been cancelled. We are a small, family run event. Unfortunately, due to some major health issues in our family, we need to focus on our loved ones and be readily available for them at this time.
We are blessed by a group of W52 veteran volunteers who are members of our fire family as well, who have stepped up to help organize next year's events so we will have a team to help run the event going forward. The initial hope was we could get them caught up to speed to pull off this year's events, but the situation with our loved one is changing too rapidly.
If you are registered for this year's 52k event, an email has been sent to you with more details and refund options.
We will have a Vertical Challenge rescheduled for 10/9/2021. The course is 9.75 miles with 3,200+ elevation gain. Entry is by proof of donation to the Eric Marsh Foundation. See website for more details.
Next year's event is scheduled for September 17, 2022.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Cheryl and the W52 family
Wildland 52 Trail Races
September 11, 2021 we will host the fourth annual Wildland 52k Ultramarathon in Jemez Springs, NM.
WILDLAND 52K COURSE:
The full course is as challenging as it is beautiful and boasts over 8,000' feet in elevation gain and 6,500' feet of descent. Past events have begun with a run through the Jemez Monument, then a steep ascent out of the Jemez canyon onto Cat Mesa; however, due to some land ownership changes we are trying to work out and overuse of trails the Jemez saw in 2020 by a record amount of visitors to our public lands, we are planning some course changes. However, there are plenty of miles I have had in mind and have been wanting to incorporate, areas that are on the "path less traveled" that we have mapped on various outings and know will bring us to our 52k distance and logging close to 9,000' gain much of it is off-trail. Runners will enjoy a scenic run through creeks and by waterfalls, and summit two of our higher mountains (maybe three). You will flirt with the edges of new burn scars along a high mountain ridge, run through old burn scars to witness the rebirth of a forest, follow fire-lines hand cut by wildland crews, climb an old dozer line up steep slopes now covered in wild flowers and behold the spectacular views from the fire tower. If we’re lucky, elk will be bugling! A minimum $52.00 of each entry will be split between the Wildland Guardian Institute and Eric Marsh Foundation; two organizations created by the loved ones of firefighters who died in the line of duty. EMF steps in when a firefighter is killed or injured in the line of duty, assisting financially, helping navigate legalities and providing emotional support. WFGI was created with the goal of minimizing tragic line of duty incidents that may result in a firefighter being seriously injured or killed through education and better equipment; they also support families and crews with emergency preparedness and emotional support.
In honor of 9/11 and our "Structural Fire" family we will also host a "Vertical Challenge" this year; a minimum of $30 of each entry fee will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. As this is a new course option, I don't have the course solidified yet, but have a couple ideas. The snow is melting so I will be heading out to map the routes in the next few weeks. So far, I have two options in mind - a five mile course with a 1,400+ ascent in 1.2 miles and a rolling return to the start, or over a 10(ish) mile course with 3,600' of climbing (2.500'+ will happen in just over 2 miles) with a long rolling return to the start; it largely depends on conditions of the proposed route I find; either way, the course will not be cleared so be prepared to scramble over plenty of deadfall and bushwack through mountain locust however!
This year's race is presently limited to 30 runners for each distance.
Entry for the full ultra distance (52K) is limited to those with prior mountain ultramarathon experience as well as experience with navigation as much of the course is off-trail and unmarked. Pease understand this is an "advanced" mountain race on a technical and steep course that includes established trails, off-trail sections, loose and hardpacked uneven surfaces. Runners for both distances may find themselves alone for lengthy periods of time, are expected to be prepared for extreme weather conditions, must be able to navigate in outdoor environments with no course markings and should be willing and mentally capable of "self rescue".
In the event the race is cancelled, you may transfer your entry fee to next year or donate your entry fee to the Eric Marsh Foundation to support Wildland Firefighters.
If the race is carried out but you need to cancel thirty days or more before the race, half of your race fee will be donated and half rolled over to next year. If you DNS or cancel less than 30 days out, the full amount of your entry fee will be donated.
An event is only as good as it's volunteers, so we need YOU! Volunteers will be needed to help organize the event, purchase supplies, solicit sponsors and volunteers, help with the pre-race dinner and runner check-in the afternoon before and morning of, as well as at the aid stations! You can sign up at the Volunteer tab!
If you can't make the run but wish to support the Wildland 52:
Local time: 3:45 AM
Contribute to the event. You may contribute to the event as a business or a personal sponsor! As a personal sponsor of the event, you will help cover expenses. Any and all funds remaining after expenditures will be donated to the EMF and WFGI. If you or your business would like to be an event sponsor, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.