Update from the Race Director (1-13-2018)
After inspection of the racecourse yesterday, we determined that conditions were absolutely unsafe, and the decision was made to cancel this years race.
We had hoped for a major storm that would allow for a snowshoe race, or for no snow in which case we would change the format to a trail run. Instead, Wednesday’s storm brought only about 4 inches, not enough to snowshoe but enough to obscure natural hazards such as roots and rocks.
Your $35 entry fee goes to support the Friends of the Sandia Mountains, a nonprofit, 100% volunteer organization. When you visit the Sandias, you may notice some of the work that FOSM does. Picnic areas are cleaned and maintained and hazard trees removed. Parking lots are striped and restrooms re-roofed and painted. Fallen trees are cleared from trails, and many other tasks performed. This volunteer work is done in cooperation with the National Forest Service, Sandia Ranger District.
We are grateful for your support of the race. Although the entry fee is nonrefundable, we would like to offer you a full credit of $35 to be applied to next year’s event ( 2019).
We made some significant improvements this year: a better, safer racecourse, online registration, improved timing, packet pickup the day prior, and many other little things. We are committed to carry these things forward to the 2019 event.
We appreciate your understanding. Know that having a fun and safe event is our top priority.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Steve Roholt, Race Director