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.
Number of Entries
This year's race is presently limited to 30 runners. Entry for the full ultra distance is limited to those with prior mountain ultramarathon experience; while the 21 miler is not; however, please 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 if markings get eaten by wildlife or hidden by weather (both are known to happen on this course) and should be willing and mentally capable of "self rescue".
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:
Local time: 8:46 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.