Saturday, Sep 14, 2019
This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 14, 2019

Wildland 52 Trail Races

September 14,2019 we will host the second annual Wildland 52k Ultramarathon in Jemez Springs, NM and you have the option to run the full 52k yourself, or run with relay team!
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, the course starts with a run through the Jemez Monument, then a steep ascent out of the Jemez canyon onto Cat Mesa. It takes runners through a scenic run near
the colorful canyon rim, through creeks and by waterfalls, and summit two of our higher mountains. 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, the aspens will be changing into gold and elk will be bugling!

$52.00 of each entry will be split between the Wildland Gaurdian 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.

Each entry for the Wildland 52k course includes: $52.00 donation to WFGI and EMF, post race food and 2 beer tickets (must be 21 or root beer, soda, etc.) race shirt and finisher award unique to the 52K.

21.5 Mile Race

Not ready to take on the full 52 kilometers? Join us for the "Big Loop" of the Wildland 52 course! Still boasting technical trails, steep ascents and glorious descents, you'll gain 4,851' in elevation and lose 4,830' in 21.5 (well, super close), but the high meadows, ridges, and best views in the Jemez will make it worth the effort!

While the entry fee is not the cheapest the majority of it goes to support our Wildland Firefighters. In addition to the $52.00 donation, your fee will include race entry, race shirt, 2 post race beers of your choice (including rootbeer) and food and finisher's award.

Cut-off times will exist; you must leave Cerro Pelado by 1:30pm (7.22 miles and 3,241' climb) and the Meadow AS by 3:30 (13.31 miles and 1,610' elevation gain). Race Finish Cutoff is 6:30pm.


We're excited to announce relay team options for 2019!
Sign up for a two, three or four person relay team; its a great way build comradery, sample the course and get out to explore new trails while testing yourself.
The course presently consists of three legs:
Leg 1: 8 miles, elevation: +2,638'/-924'
Leg 2: 4.5 miles, elevation: +1,270'/-1,270'
Leg 3: 20.2 miles, elevation: +4,852'/-4,856'

a fourth option will be created for the relays:
Leg 3 will be split into two sections:
3A- Jemez Falls to Cerro Pelado: 7.22 miles, elevation: +3,324'/-1,049'
3B - Cerro Pelado to Jemez Falls: 13.4 miles, elevation: +1,627/-3,807'

For the relay, the course will be split as follows:
2P: Runner 1- Legs 1 & 2; Runner 2: Legs 3A and 3B
3P: Runner 1- Legs 1& 2, Runner 2: 3A, Runner 3: 3B
4P: Runner 1 - Leg 1, Runner 2: Leg 2, Runner 3: Leg 3A, Runner 4: Leg 3B

Runners are responsible for getting to and from each transfer station; there is no shuttle service for relay teams. Legs 1 and 3 are remote on dirt roads and will require vehicles with descent clearance. Though not often necessary; conditions such as previous rains may cause the roads to be more difficult to pass and 4wd capability is recommended.

**Yes, the entry fees are not the lowest, but each runner's entry includes: donation amount ($52.00 per runner) to WFGI and EMF, 2 post race drink tickets (beer), other beverages, and food, race shirt and finisher's award. As there will be a variety of team options, and the possibility of only one team size exists, relays are considered a "fun run" and there will not be awards for time or place.

Cut-off times will exist for the "Long Loop" regardless of number of runners on your relay team. Runner for the "4th Leg" must leave Cerro Pelado by 1:30pm (7.22 miles and 3,241' climb) and the Meadow AS by 3:30 (6.1 miles from Cerro Pelado and 1,610' elevation gain). Race Finish (7.3 miles, mostly down hill or even terrain) Cutoff is 6:30pm.

Number of Entries

This year's race is presently limited to 30 runners/teams; as there will only be one relay team member on the course at any given time, we can accommodate a combination of individual runners and teams; teams will count as "one runner". Entry for the full ultra distance is limited to those with prior mountain ultramarathon experience; while relay teams are not; however, please understand this is a technical and steep course that includes established trails, off-trail sections, loose and hardpacked uneven surfaces.


Due to this being a benefit race with a small field, we cannot offer refunds or defer entries to next year. No bib transfers, please. Thank you for your understanding.


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:
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

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