Race Information

Just one reason…

Today marks a heavy anniversary… and one of the driving events behind the creation of the Wildland 52.36525272_10156212708091265_3006190585636716544_n

These men, the men of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew worked on two major fires in the Jemez Mountains, the 2011 Las Conchas and the 2013 Thompson Ridge. They were key in the development of a Structure Protection Plan for what we called “VDI”. VDI was a name given to the general Vallecitos de Los Indios area including Sierra de Los Pinos, Vallecitos and Ruby Holt tract (Bennet Lane and Sky High Way). Their last assignment before perishing 6-30-13 in the Yarnell Hill fire was here, in our beloved Jemez Mountains.

They, and those who loved them, paid the ultimate sacrifice that day.  It is our hopes that the Wildland 52 will help to raise funds to support two invaluable organizations that support the Wildland Community; just a small token of our honor, our love and gratitude.

Course Information

Course Profile, 52k

The course profile of the proposed of the Wildland 52! There’s approx. 8 miles before the main loop that are up for debate, as it is partially on private property (lawyers are reviewing it). Initially, this course shown below was the add on to the original 52k course, in efforts to make it 52 miles. But, after extensive exploring and many course adjustments I’m in LOVE with this section of the race and it’s now the core of the 52k!

Why? It’s a gorgeous slog. It’s Type 2 Fun at it’s finest. Steep ups and downs (no weak ankles or fragile tailbones, please), super technical terrain requiring quick-on-your-toes footing that gives way to wide grassy meadows that will make you want to whirl and sing your way through them. Not to mention the best views in the Jemez, and SO MANY unexpected historical surprises that tie this course to wildland fires and the wildland firefighting community. This IS Wildland!!!

Course Profile

*This elevation profile is for the proposed course.  The map is not being provided due to a two-mile segment on private property; we are awaiting approval from the land-owners and their lawyers.  If the deny our proposal, there is an alternate route planned that will provide a similar profile, but start with a descent and then a climb.

Thank you for your patience!