More than 70 people have registered for Saturday’s Pecos River Challenge Marathon.
Proceeds for the marathon will benefit Carlsbad High School’s Cavemen and Cavegirls cross country and track teams.
“It’s a great thing not just for the team but for business owners,” said cross country coach David Gonzalez. “It motivates the teams.”
Gonzalez said proceeds from the marathon will allow the purchase of equipment for athletes.
It is the second year the marathon has been held, and the first year a half marathon will be offered.
The half marathon is a one loop course, while the marathon is a course with two identical loops.
Those who participate in the marathon can also qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon, said race director Bob Kennedy.
“There’s never been a race like this in Carlsbad. We’re trying to promote fitness,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy, who currently lives in New Hampshire, said he is looking forward to the marathon as he has a personal goal to reach.
The 69-year old is part of the 50 sub 4 Marathon club in which members work to complete marathons in all 50 states under four hours.
Kennedy said New Mexico is one of few states he has yet to complete that goal in. He said he attempted to complete the four-hour break at a marathon in Albuquerque three times and was unsuccessful.
“If I can do that, that would be awesome,” he said.
Racers on Saturday will start at about 6:24 a.m. at the Lake Carlsbad Riverwalk Park at the corner of East Riverside Drive and Elmdale Street.
Each loop of the course consist of 2.9 miles of paved walking paths along the Pecos River and 10.2 miles of residential and park roads.
There will be a downhill path for 0.62 miles of the course.
Runners leaving the Lake Carlsbad Recreation area will pass under railroad tracks. After crossing East Greene Street, they will enter the Riverwalk and pass an East Lea Street segment and stay on the Riverwalk. Runners must cross North Canal Street at the end of Plum Lane.
Runners will travel on North Canal Street to East Orchard Lane and loop around North Country Club Circle.
The trail continues on West Orchard Lane toward Callaway Drive and loop around Sandy Lane.
The marathon finished at Lake Carlsbad Riverwalk Park, after turning off on Callaway Drive toward Westridge Road and onto West Riverside Drive
Participants are expected to complete the course within six hours, but participants can finish the course despite time.
Registration for the marathon has closed.
For more information on the marathon, visit oysterriverrunningcompany.redpodium.com/pecos-river-challenge-marathon-half-marathon or email Bob Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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