16th Annual Sandia Mountain Snowshoe Race

The 16th Annual Sandia Mountain Snowshoe Race, presented by the Friends of the Sandia Mountains, is scheduled for January 20, 2018. The Race begins at 10:00 am at the lower level parking lot at Sandia Crest and is a 5-km/3.1 mile tour through beautiful trails in the Cibola National Forest.

Registration instructions will be available at this web site (www.sandiasnowshoe.com) beginning November 20.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Sandia Mountains for preservation and maintenance of trails and other US Forest Service resources.

The registration fee includes pre-and post-race refreshments, the required parking fee at the Crest, and prizes in several categories. The race is limited to 150 participants, and racers of all levels are invited to participate. The registration limit is usually met early, so please don’t delay and miss out on the fun.

We suggest that you try to carpool to the Crest on race day. Parking may be limited.

Letter from the Race Director

Dear Racers: Thanks to all who participated in the Sandia Snowshoe Race last year. Some of you have been a part of this event for many years, and some of you were first timers.

Before registration opens for the 2018 race, I wanted to let you know about some improvements we plan for this year.

Registration opens on November 20, 2017 and will be done through
www.nmsportsonline.com. There will not be paper registration this year, and our agreement with the forest service limits us to 150 participants. In the past two years, we have filled the field several weeks prior to the event, so we encourage early registration.

The entry fee includes the daily parking pass required by the forest service this year, so you will not need to fill out the envelope and pay the $3.00 fee. One less thing to do on race morning!

We will be conducting packet pickup on January 19, the day before the race, at REI.
We hope most of you will take advantage of this as it minimizes the bottleneck that can occur on race morning. We will offer race day pickup for those who cannot make it to REI on the 19th.

Because of the relative difficulty of snowshoe running at 10,000+ feet and other logistical problems, we will require all participants to be 13 years or older, as of the race date.

There will be more details on the online registration form and we plan to use our own website more frequently this year. Please refer to these two websites for more details.

Winter is fast approaching and we are hoping for a good snow year.

Thank you again for your past support, and we hope to see you at the 2018 event.

Steve Roholt, Race Director
(email: racedirector@friendsofthesandias.org)