Cloudcroft Ultra Information
Join us for the 3rd annual Cloudcroft Ultra 53k, 9.5 mile & 4.75 (4.75 mile newly added in 2021) trail races 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.
All three 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!!
All 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, post race food, 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 45 minutes before the designated race starts. We have spread out the starts to limit the number of people at the pavilion. Please do not show up more than an hour before your race and plan to exit the area shortly after your race ends. Awards will be given out as you finish for the 53k and 9.5mile. A short awards ceremony will be at approximately 9:15 am for the 4.75 mile race..
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
4.75 mile starts at 8:00
9.5 mile starts at 9:00 am
Food will be provided for racers - $5 for anyone else.
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-3rd place men and women
1st - 3rd age group awards for 4.75 mile racers (10 -19 men and women, 20-29 men and women, etc. through 70+.)
and of course the DFL award for our last 53k racer who crosses the finish line!
The race will be chipped time to allow for social distancing at the starts. Please plan to wear a mask when picking up your race packets and to wear before and after your race. All spectators will be expected to wear a mask. We appreciate your cooperation in the matter. If this is not something you are willing to abide, please do not register. As of May 22, New Mexico still has a mandatory mask mandate.
As of now, July 15, following the CDC guidelines, masks are not needed for those who are vaccinated during packet pick up or for spectators.
For guaranteed shirt size, you need to register by Saturday, August 14!!
Here is the link for the 4.75 mile course: https://www.strava.com/activities/5676208104
Local time: 2:10 AM
9.5 mile course: https://www.strava.com/activities/1501087639
53k course: https://www.strava.com/activities/1567805776