This week I mailed my entry to the lottery for the La Luz Trail Run. It’s a 9 mile trail run in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 3rd. The run is limited to 400 runners, so those who want to run send in a self addressed stamped envelope for the lottery. The RD, Rodger Sack, said he received about 650 envelopes last year and was able to send out about 550 of those because some of the first 400 selected chose not to participate.
Nine miles may seem like a relatively short trail run, but it’s uphill almost all the way and for someone who spends most of his time below 1,000 ft above sea level running uphill from 6,100 ft to 10,678 ft will be a challenge. See the elevation profile above. The fall 2001 issue of Trail Runner Magazine selected La Luz as one of the “12 Most Grueling Trail Races in North America”. I’m hoping to be able to finish in less than 2 hours, but since I’ll be sailing in uncharted waters I won’t really know what to expect.
Below are a couple pics from LLTH taken by kentucky backroads photography.