Saturday, May 22, 2021

Jemez Mountain

650 North Mesa Road

Los Alamos, NM 50 Miler, 50K, 15 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. May 22, 2021

COVID-19 Update

2021 Race Update – March 14, 2021

Hello JMTR Supporters,

We plan to hold a modified event this year with the follow support and COVID safety protocols.
JMTR Support include
• Organized race with safety protocols in place, including first aid and runner tracking.
• Race day check-in only
• Aid stations with limited staffing offering water, energy drink, and limited food.
• Drop bags available at select aid stations (50km and 50mile only)
• Limited activities at the start and finish
• Finisher award
• The poster will not be offered this year
• A decision on offering a race shirt has not yet been made
• No pre-race dinner and briefing

COVID safety protocols include
• Race morning bib pickup
• Wave starts of small number of runners in compliance with state regulations
• Runner self-health check requirement
• Limited group sizes at start/finish
• Mask requirements will likely include one or more the following:
o Wearing mask while on federal lands (this is majority of the course)
o Wearing masks while in close proximity to other runners
o Wearing masks while at the start/finish and in aid stations
• No pacers
• Limited or no crew
• Limited number of total runners

Please don’t signup if you require more support or are not willing to follow the COVID safety protocols described above. Violations of any event rule regarding Covid-safe practices places the safety of other runners and event staff at risk, jeopardizes the permitting and future of the event, and is grounds for immediate disqualification without refund. We are optimistic that the CVOID situation will continue to improve by May and that we will not need to implement all of these protocols. If you decide to register for the race, you are agreeing to abide by all COVID safety protocols in place on race day which may be as described above. In addition, the support offered by the race this year will be limited, so you must plan to be more self sufficient than in previous years. We strongly recommend that you assess your self-sufficiency and ability to complete the race safely before signing up this year. Runners without previous experience at the distance, terrain and altitude, over a wide range of temperature and weather conditions, of the course they are intending to register for should seriously consider their ability to complete the course.


The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs take place in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The races starts and ends in the town of Los Alamos. Registration will open for all races on March 15th 2021. Entry fees will be $55 for the 15 mile, $75 for the 50km, and $90 for the 50 mile. Entry limits will initially be capped at 50 for the 50 mile, 80 for the 50km, and 120 for the 15 mile. These limits may be increased based on the safety of the runners and event staff. Please be aware of the required gear policy which is described in detail on the JMTR web page.

Course Description

The Jemez Mountains Trail Runs has gained a reputation as a very difficult course. The course is on technical trails with a substantial amount of elevation change. The 50k and 50 mile events include extremely steep climbs and descents on very technical terrain. On the course, runners will experience high altitude (from 7,000 to over 10,000 feet above sea level), fallen trees, and other obstacles. in past years, runners have experienced weather extremes including heat, cold, rain, snow, lightning and wind. Runners are encouraged to consider their comfort level on this type of terrain and weather before registering.

COURSE UPDATE: For 2021, the 15 mile and 50km races will remain the same as in previous years. The 50 mile course route will be 2 miles longer than last year (~53 miles). Be aware that the cutoff times have been tightened from previous years. Runners who were close to the cutoff last year may be in jeopardy of missing them because of the increased distance.

Mandatory Gear Policy

The purpose of the mandatory gear policy is to enhance the safety of runners and event staff in the event of inclement weather. History has shown that a fraction of runners are unprepared in the event of bad weather and this ultimately affects everyone. In the event of ongoing or forecasted inclement weather, the race management may require runners to leave the start and/or drop-bag-accessible aid stations with gear that will keep runners reasonably warm and dry. A waterproof rain jacket with hood, hat, and gloves are recommended. Garbage bags are not considered appropriate rain gear. Aid station staff have authority to decide if the mandatory gear requirements are met and their decision is final. Race management will make the decision what mandatory gear, if any, is required based on actual and forecasted weather conditions. The race recommends that appropriate inclement weather clothing is staged in runner’s drop bags.

Refund and Waitlist Policy

We will maintain a wait list and allow for partial refunds to runners that register but cannot participate on race day. We offer a 50% refund only before May 1, 2021 and only if your spot can be filled. Starting on May 1, 2021 all entry fees are nonrefundable. No refunds are granted if there is no one on the wait list to take your spot. NO transfer of entry to another person and NO transfer of entry to another year are permitted. Please don't Email us asking for a refund. Why should we make an exception for you? We will maintain a separate wait list for each race through the Ultra Signup site. If this refund policy bums you out, remember we are a non-profit race and all race proceeds benefit local organizations or charities.

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