4 miles, 8.5 miles and Half Marathon includes use of multiple trail systems in Midtown Ruidoso. Start and finish will be at Wingfield Park. Proceeds benefit Ski Apache Adaptive Sports. This event is sanctioned by the American Trail Running Association and USA Track & Field.
Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. REGISTER IN PERSON AT PACKET PICKUP
The Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs (4M; 8.5M & Half Marathon)
Promotes the multiple-use trail system available at Grindstone Lake,
Ruidoso, New Mexico, in the Sacramento Mountains (6900 feet). Most of the
Trails are in Lincoln National Forest.
Proceeds benefit Ski Apache Adaptive Sports.
This event is sanctioned by the American Trail Running Association and USA Track & Field.
Race starts at 7:30 am, finishes at Wingfield Park (WP) in downtown
Timing and registration with Race Adventures / www.raceadventuresunlimited.com
General race information
- Your bib number MUST be pinned in front of you, visible, preferably on
your running shorts while crossing the finish line.
- Trail etiquette: when passing call “passing right, left” to the runner
in front of you.
NO REFUNDS--NO MATTER WHAT !!
4M: $15 until 6/30/16; $25 until 7/29/16. $40 on race day.
8.5M: $25 until 6/30/16; $30 until 7/16/16; $35 until 7/29/16. $50 race day.
Half Marathon: $35 until 6/30/16; $45 until 7/16/16; $50 until 7/29/16; $70 race day. +
Packet pick up & late registration
- Friday, July 29 at the Ruidoso Athletic Club (RAC), 415 Wingfield St from 6 pm until 8 pm.
- Race day at Wingfield Park (across from the RAC) from 6:30 am to 7 am.
Support our HOST HOTEL
La Quinta Inn & Suites,
26147 US Highway 70 East Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346(575) 378-3333.
Room with two Queens: $109 per night if booked before 7/18/16.
If booked after 7/18/16, 25% of best available rate.
This rate can only be booked directly through the hotel (not online).
Specify “Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs.”
This hotel is 100% non-smoking.
Breakfast Hours : Mon – Friday 6:00 am – 9:00 am and Sat & Sun 6 am – 10am.
Pool, Fitness & Business Center Hours: 7am to 10 pm.
Short sleeve gender specific tech shirt for runners. Famous Ruidoso
carved bears awards to first three overall winners (Male & Female)
for all races. Awards at the discretion of the race director to 1st, 2nd &
3rd in each age group (Male & Female) for all races: 9 & under; 10-
14; 15-19; 20-29;30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 to 74; 75 to ??.
Refreshments & food will be offered after the race.
“No Trace Low impact race”
NO WATER STATION on the course.
Please carry your own water container. Filling stations will be available at the
starting line (Wingfield Park) with water and energy drink.
We will have aid/radio communication stations on the course but
NO refreshments will be available. Please do NOT throw any gel,
plastic bottles or other trash on the trail. Enjoy nature at its best !!!
RACE COURSE (4 Miler; 8.5 Miler; Half Marathon)
4 MILER: http://www.strava.com/activities/218541806.
8.5 MILER: http://www.strava.com/activities/219176758.
Start at Wingfield Park. Follow painted red arrows on road toward
Grindstone Lake entrance, turn immediately right while entering
Grindstone Lake parking lot to the trail entrance kiosk. (You will go around
the lake on all trails 4M, 8.5M & half marathon counter clockwise to end
up on the south side of the lake, on a single track trail).
After running past the kiosk trail entrance, you will encounter a fork
within 200 yards or so:
Left 4M ( yellow directional tape/arrows)
Right 8.5M & Half Marathon (yellow directional tape/ arrows)
Approximately 1.2 mile from the kiosk you will encounter a fork in the trail:
Left will be for the 8.5 M runners.
Right will be the half marathon course, using the Alfred Hale Connector to
the east side of the Grindstone Mesa loop (approx. 5 miles). Turn left at the
fork on the mesa, then another left, approx. 1.5 mile farther. At this point
you will follow a trail ridge for 1 mile or so until another junction where you
go left again. The trail then descends gradually, crisscrossing for 2 miles or
so until you cross a forest road to join the 8.5 M course to the finish line at
All trails eventually merge on the south side of the lake. You
should have the sun in your eyes (running East), proceeding on the
single track dirt trail with the dam on your left beyond a metal fence. Follow
the trail downhill through the disc golf course and back on the road.
Follow the painted red arrows on the road to the finish line on the
west side of Wingfield Park.
Frederic Moras: email@example.com 575-937-7106
- T-Shirt Provided
- Teams Allowed