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Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista Trail Run 2013 Results – A New Mexico Adventure Without the Big Climbs But Plenty of Big Views

A fun, laid-back adventure started a couple miles outside of the south central New Mexico town of Vado. Nearly 50 dirt lovers played on the rolling terrain of red rock cliffs, yuccas, and giant cacti. Temps started around 30F and rose into the 50Fs which had everyone’s feet dancin’ and mind smilin’ at the Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista Trail Run. While many New Mexico adventures often send you up 1000 foot mountain grunts, this scamper’s biggest climbs were around 60 feet. So definitely a fast course for New Mexico dirt.

Common terrain and views of the area. (Photo: Courtesy Samat Jain @

The course consisted of a couple different out-and-back segments depending on your race. Pick between a 6.3 mile, 28 mile, and 60 km.


60 km

A small group including Durango, Colorado runner, Marco Zuniga, led out the 60 km scamper. First mile in eight minutes, feeling easy.

Marco gradually separated himself from the group but was never running alone.

“The good thing about this course, though, is all the out and backs. I actually did have lots of company out there.”

Marco went on to win in 5:18:27! A good day.

“I really enjoyed being able to run around the desert with a bunch of other crazies!”

Garth Reader of Los Alamos finished second just under an hour later.

Top 5 male

  1. Marco Zuniga – 5:18:27
  2. Garth Reader – 6:16:32
  3. Felipe Carabeo – 6:35:35
  4. Kristoffer Villamin – 7:06:07
  5. Greg Luffey – 8:17:14

None of the females of our tribe went 60 km but the 28 mile was another story.

28 mile

Jennifer Wilson of El Paso, dialed in a sub-5 hour finish to win the female scamper and cross the line second overall in 4:37:41.

Gail Leedy of Albuquerque led the chase with a runner-up finish.

All 4 female

  1. Jennifer Wilson – 4:37:41
  2. Gail Leedy – 5:44:42
  3. Kendel Prescott – 6:11:52
  4. Kelley Garcia – 6:58:14

After a 12 hour finish at Bandera 100 km in January, James Brennan of Denver, Colorado went sub-4 to win the 28 mile male scamper in 3:58:45!

Rudy Paz finished second male just behind Jennifer.

Top 5 male

  1. James Brennan – 3:58:45
  2. Rudy Paz – 4:37:46
  3. Raymond Johnson – 5:16:54
  4. Roger Squires – 5:20:27
  5. Walt Prescott – 6:11:53
6.3 mile

Louis Brown averaged a 7:21 pace to create nearly a three minute gap on chaser, Drew Anderson.

Louis crossed the finish in 46:24!

Top 5 male

  1. Louis Brown – 46:24
  2. Drew Anderson – 49:12
  3. George Rivera – 55:01
  4. Tony Vaquera – 57:00
  5. Mark Lusk – 57:10

El Paso local, Heidi Johnson, finished fourth overall to win the female race in 55:02.

The chase group was led by Perla Brown who finished second.

Top 5 female

  1. Heidi Johnson – 55:02
  2. Perla Brown – 57:30
  3. Sylvia Monty – 1:00:41
  4. Rosalba Bazar – 1:02:55
  5. Martha Amezcua – 1:04:16
Complete results for all races.

Inspiration Point

Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • Leo Lavender (age 73) played in the New Mexico dirt.

I love this stuff!

Life is play. Play is life.

The Tough-as-Nails Award

The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.

The Tough-as-Nails award recipients:

  • Jeff Lang finished the 60 km adventure in 9:54:29.

Race Reports and Pics

  • “The return journey is easier since much of the trail is downhill and I’m encouraged by runners coming the other way. One lady is so full of spirit that she stops every time I see her and gives me a heart felt “NICE! Great job!” She is always laughing and smiling and, having seen her in races before, I’m pretty certain her name is Perky.” by Greg @ Greg’s Running Adventures

Special thanks to Marco Zuniga for his gracious support with this article.

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Sugarloaves’ Ultra Vista Trail Run 2013 Results – A New Mexico Adventure Without the Big Climbs But Plenty of Big Views”

  1. on 22 Feb 2013 at 8:44 pm Brian Keen

    How do people find out about these runs? Seriously. I’m in El Paso and had no idea this was happening. I would have loved to have run this.

  2. on 25 Feb 2013 at 10:37 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Brian, I hear ya. Unless you are in a very small in-the-know circle, these types of adventures can easily sneak by. That is why I created the TALON race calendar which contains the most complete listing of trail/ultra races in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and yes, New Mexico! The calendar is included with my free newsletter. The calendar is updated on a regular basis and the newsletter is a convenient way to keep you in the loop of any new additions.

    Here is the sign up if interested –

    Happy Running!