September 14,2019 we will host the second annual Wildland 52k Ultramarathon in Jemez Springs, NM.
With close to 7,500 feet in elevation gain/5,700' feet of descent, the course starts with a run through the Jemez Monument, then a steep ascent out of the Jemez canyon onto Cat Mesa. It takes runners through a scenic run near
the colorful canyon rim, through creeks and by waterfalls, and summit two of our higher mountains. You will flirt with the edges of new burn scars along a high mountain ridge, run through old burn scars to witness the rebirth of a forest, follow fire-lines hand cut by wildland crews, climb old dozer lines up steep slopes now covered in wild flowers and behold the spectacular views from the fire tower. If we’re lucky, the aspens will be changing into gold and elk will be bugling!
$52.00 of each entry will be split between the Wildland Gaurdian Institute and Eric Marsh Foundation; two organizations created by the loved ones of firefighters who died in the line of duty. EMF steps in when a firefighter is killed or injured in the line of duty, assisting financially, helping navigate legalities and providing emotional support. WFGI was created with the goal of minimizing tragic line of duty incidents that may result in a firefighter being seriously injured or killed through education and better equipment; they also support families and crews with emergency preparedness and emotional support.