The Angel Fire 50k, a late June adventure, became a great opportunity for the entire fam to head to the mountains surrounded by beautiful views, sunny skies, green – lots of green, and the cooler air of northeast New Mexico.
With our condo window overlooking the start/finish area, we couldn’t have asked for a better family base camp. And with a 5:00AM start for all the ultra distances (50k, 50M, 100k, 100M), the 30 foot walk to the start was most groovy as my munchkins continued to enjoy some Zs.
After Jemez 50M (er 31M or so) run-n-ski event at the end of May, I was lookin’ forward to my second New Mexico trail adventure in about a month. Race morning showcased clear skies and mildly-cool temps as an intimate group of runners huddled near the start/finish area as we chatted briefly with friends and received final instructions.
The 50k scamper was segmented into a six mile relaxed loop of a bit of resort pavement then mostly open and wooded relaxed singletrack, followed by an 18 mile out-and-back that took you up and over the Angel Fire ski mountain along sweet singletrack, dirt forest roads, and doubletrack, and then repeating the six mile loop as a hopeful celebration loop.
Each race I participate in leaves its own unique imprint. Some stronger than others. This race shared some really strong moments that had this deep intensity and pin-point clarity. I couldn’t help but feel this sense of deep gratitude for the experience.
Here are some of these moments.