Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.8
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
3.4
SWAG
3
The Sandia Crest Marathon is one of the fastest and most engaging courses East of the Rio Grande. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or looking to enter your first run, you’ll find gratification with every step in the Merit Race Series! What is the Sandia Crest Marathon? It’s a place … MORE
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    tough race. it was billed as a downhill race, but lots of uphills also. Scenery was great and run very well. chilly i the morning and just started warming up … MORE

    tough race. it was billed as a downhill race, but lots of uphills also. Scenery was great and run very well. chilly i the morning and just started warming up at the finish

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    redhair FIRST-TIMER '18

    I decided to run the Sandia Crest Half Marathon as my first long race coming back after injury. There were rolling hills but still a net elevation loss of 1400 … MORE

    I decided to run the Sandia Crest Half Marathon as my first long race coming back after injury. There were rolling hills but still a net elevation loss of 1400 ft. It does start to warm up by late morning but having trained here in New Mexico I was used to the warmer conditions. Up until the 10th mile hill I was running my personal best. I did tire on the hill but believe that was my lack of conditioning, I still however finished with the time I was aiming for. There was plenty of water stations and porta-potties on the course. And they had fruit stations out on the course. At the finish they had chocolate milk ( great recovery drink), donuts, water, hydration drinks and cool towels. I believe for an inaugural race it was well put together. As it continues to grow I believe it will get even better. The volunteers were all exceptionally nice and welcoming. I will be back next year!!!

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    diverdude0075 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran the half marathon which basically starts at the halfway point for the full. This is my first half marathon in 8-10 years with nothing longer than a 10k … MORE

    I ran the half marathon which basically starts at the halfway point for the full. This is my first half marathon in 8-10 years with nothing longer than a 10k in that time. I thought the course was easy and fast! There was only one significant hill at about the ten mile mark of the half course. I didn’t think it was bad at all but I do frequent hill training in my day to day running.
    The food at the end could have been more varied, the swag was ok but I would prefer synthetic shirts, and a line did develop 10-15 minutes before the start. I think for an inaugural race that things were ok though overall, and plan to give it another go next year with doing the full marathon.
    The temp was around 50 degrees and since my wife and I took the first bus up we froze for over an hour. Should have brought the free blankets that came in the swag bag.
    It will be colder at the full marathon starting point.
    I live in Albuquerque and am thankful to have this opportunity so close! My finish time was blistering fast! This is a fast course with an overall 1400 foot elevation drop in just the half!!

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    50DCgoal FIRST-TIMER '18

    Keep in mind, even though its a downhill course, after mile 12 there are elevation gains (rolling hills) and if you are not trained to run at 5000ft or higher … MORE

    Keep in mind, even though its a downhill course, after mile 12 there are elevation gains (rolling hills) and if you are not trained to run at 5000ft or higher elevation, these hills will hit you! First half is very scenic, fast and cooler weather with lots of shades. There is a hill between 4-5 mile mark. After mile 12, the course becomes nasty along an unshaded busy street. If you are a 4:30-5:00hr marathoner, it gets really hot too. I saw a 711 digital board showing 89F! The water stations are at only every 2 miles, probably not optimal for the season. The last 3-4 miles are the worst. The finish line even did not have a sign saying “Sandia Crest Marathon Finish”: for photo purposes it would have been good. After finishing, this was the only marathon where I did not find any food! May be it was there somewhere, but no one handed me anything but a bottle of water and a nice cool hand towel.
    Pros:
    People are super friendly and very supportive
    Race organization was good: busing to the start, parking etc
    Medal was okay
    Suggestions to improve: As a runner, I only care for a good techincal T-shirt. The “extra stuff”, cap, gloves are not necessary. For the $155 registartion price, this race T-shirt was the worst ever! Use the money saved from not providing cap and gloves to provide a quality running shirt. Consider pushing the race to late Sep-early Oct, when its cooler.
    “Sandia Crest Marathon kicks off just as summer is coming to a close with the leaves transforming from vibrant greens to remarkable hues of red, orange, and yellow.” This is a misnomer on the webpage. Very subtle fall foliage this early in the year!

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    Bounceba9 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    First half was steep and fast. The scenery was spectacular.Good traffic control. Made a spectacular 1/2 way point time (1 hour 38 min). Was cool and shaded. From that point … MORE

    First half was steep and fast. The scenery was spectacular.Good traffic control. Made a spectacular 1/2 way point time (1 hour 38 min). Was cool and shaded. From that point it seems that there was as much up hill as downhill and I was very sore from the fast downhill. I began to slow at this point. There wasn’t very much police monitoring traffic from this point forward and you had to watch your own ass. The course was next to hwy 66 and there was red cones blocking off right oncoming lane. Cars were moving past fast. Very little police traffic control in city. Got hot as course got closer to end. Got a personal best so i’m happy with my results. Other than lack of traffic control by the fast moving traffic, happy with course. Finishing metal was cool, had a couple coupons in swag bag, gloves, foil blanket.

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