Duke City Marathon 2018 – Albuquerque, NM

Sunday, October 21, 2018



The Course
(Click here for map and details)

Start Time:
7:00 a.m.

Starting Line:
3rd St. and Marquette

Marathon Awards Ceremony:
Awards for all events will be announced as soon as results are verified.

Overall Winners – Medals will be given to the top three finishers in both the male and female categories. Overall winners will be excluded from age group medals. Overall winners will receive their medals at 10:30 a.m.

Masters Winners – Medals will be given to the TOP Masters (40+ years) finishers etc etc. Masters winners will be excluded from Overall and Age Group medals. Masters winners will receive their medals at 10:30 a.m.

Age Group Winners – Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age group for both the male and female categories. Overall winners and Masters winners will be excluded from the age group categories. Age group medals will be distributed for each event as soon as the results for each event are made official and posted. For this purpose, there will be a special table to post results and distribute age group medals. Individual participants will be responsible for checking results and presenting their race bib to the Awards Committee personnel in order to receive their medals.

The course starts at Mayor Kinney Civic Plaza, the civic center of Albuquerque. Harry Kinney was Albuquerque’s mayor in 1984, and officially started the First Duke City Marathon together with the 15th Duke of Alburquerque (the original Spanish spelling), who travelled from Madrid, Spain, to be on hand for the inaugural event.

Running north from Civic Plaza, you then turn left (W) on Roma. All city streets on the DCM course are closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 21.

Just past mile 1 turn left on Laguna Blvd SW and run through the gracious Huning Castle neighborhood where some scenes from Breaking Bad were filmed.

Turning left under shady old trees at Kit Carson Park, you might hear the trumpeting of an elephant or scream of monkeys as you near the Albuquerque Biological Park (zoo).

At mile 2, runners and walkers access the Paseo del Bosque Trail, within sight of the famous Rio Grande river under the shade of old cottonwood trees. Now it’s time to run UNDER historic Route 66 to go north past the Bio Park, featuring botanical gardens and an aquarium. For the next 8 miles you are running a flat course, next to the river on your left and residential areas and horse ranches on your right.

At mile 10 you will turn right (E) towards the spectacular Sandia Mountains. After 3.1 miles you will make a U turn and retrace your steps on the Paseo del Bosque Trail, through Huning Castle Neighborhood, Central Ave (Route 66) and back to the finish line at Civic Plaza.

Starting Line: 3rd St. and Tijeras – All Events

Finish Line:
3rd St. and Marquette – All Events


First Leg – 4.8 Miles: STARTING LINE
4.8 Miles from Starting Line at 3rd St. and Marquette to Transition #1.

Second Leg
– 6.2 Miles: Transition #1
Mile 4.8, on the Paseo del Bosque trail intersection with Gabaldon Place, (from Rio Grande Blvd., turn west on Mountain Rd. to Gabaldon Rd. Turn on Gabaldon Dr., under I-40 to Gabaldon Pl. to parking lot at the end of the road.

Third Leg
– 4.2 Miles: Transition #2
Mile 11, trail parallel to Paseo del Norte Blvd. (heading east).
Go north on Rio Grande Blvd. Before crossing over Paseo del Norte Blvd., turn left on gravel road to enter parking lot.

Fourth Leg
– 6.2 Miles: Transition #3 – Same as #2 Mile 15.2, (Runners & Walkers turn – around point heading west)

Fifth Leg
– 4.8 Miles: Transition #4
Mile 21.4, Same as first transition point.
Water station, portable toilets, and official observer at each point. Runners are responsible for own transportation to transition station.

Race Week
Early Packet Pick Up
October 16 – October 19
Noon – 6 p.m.

Albuquerque Convention Center
Saturday, October 20
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you registered before September 21, you can pick your packet up October 16 – October 19 at the Big 5 Sporting Goods store located at 2720 San Mateo Blvd, noon to 6:00 p.m. The store is located on the East side of the street just north of Menaul Blvd. If you are unable to pick your packet up during this time, it will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

All packets will be distributed with your timing chip. Remember to bring it with you on Race Day. You will not be issued another one.

Please note there is NO DAY OF RACE PACKET PICK-U

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