Cloudcroft Ultra Information
Join us for the 2nd annual Cloudcroft Ultra 53k and 9.5 mile trail race in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Cloudcroft is located at an altitude of 8600' in the southern most part of the Rocky Mountain chain.
Local time: 5:19 AM
Both races are an out an back on the Rim Trail (T105). The Rim Trail was the first U.S. Forest Service Trail in New Mexico to be designated as a National Recreation Trail. It is a combination of old Indian paths, railroad grades, homestead trails and logging routes linked together by newer section built in the 1960’s and beyond. The majority of the trail passes through shaded stands of fir, pine and quaking aspen. At various points along the route there are spectacular views of the Tularosa Basin over 4,000’ below. The 53k will have a nice surprise for you in the lollipop loop at the turn around point - incredible views, and some nice changes in elevation!!
Both races will start and finish at the Pavilion in Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Entry includes a technical t-shirt, finisher awards to all who complete the 53K, post race cookout, well stocked aid stations and a well marked course.
Packet pick up - Friday, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the pavilion in Zenith Park next to the tennis courts or Saturday morning before the race 6:00 - 6:45am.
Drop bags are allowed for the 53k racers. Bring them Friday or Saturday during packet pick up. They will be available at mile 13 and again at mile 20. (you hit this aid station twice)
53k starts at 7:00am
9.5 mile starts at 7:30am
Food will be provided at around 10:00am for racers. $5 for anyone else.
Both races are an out and back starting and finishing at the Pavilion in Zenith Park. The 53k has a lollipop loop at the turn around.
There are 6 aid stations stocked with a sport drink, water, gels, pretzels, chips, candies, etc...they are located at:
Aid station 1/6 3.2 miles from start/finish and mile 30ish on your way back in
Aid station 2/5 6.9 mile from the start/finish and mile 26ish on your way back in
Aid station 3/4 13 miles from start/finish and mile 20 on your way back in
Cut off times:
1. The first cut off time will be at Alamo Peak aid station (#3) to start the loop by 11:00am. (This gives the runners 4 hours to get to mile 13 - Alamo peak Aid station.)
2. Second cut off time will be 2:00pm at aid station #4 to be done with the loop (mile 20)That gives them 3 hours to do the loop (7 miles).
3. Third cut off will be at mile 26ish - Aid station #5 . This cut off will be at 4:30pm
4. Last cut off will be at mile 30ish - Aid station 6. This cut off will be at 6:00pm. One hour to go 3.2 miles to the finish.
There are overall awards 1st - 3rd for the 53k men and women
master awards (50 plus) 1st - 3rd 53k men and women
overall awards 9.5 mile 1st - 3rd men and women
master awards (50 plus) 9.5 mile 1st place men and women
and of course the DFL award for our last 53k racer who crosses the finish line