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New Balance race tackles Santa Fe area’s terrain

The inaugural New Balance Ultra Santa Fe is set for Sept. 10 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding the country’s oldest and highest-elevation state capital.

Racers will compete on trails through the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe County, city of Santa Fe open space and Nambé Pueblo as they complete different legs of the competition, including the 50-mile, 50-kilometer, 13-mile, and a final uphill mile run.

Varying levels of elevation and terrain will challenge racers as they attack the 50-mile course, navigating 14,000 feet of climbing and 28,000 feet of changing elevation. The race’s highest point is more than 12,000 feet above sea level. All races start and finish at Ski Santa Fe, at 10,330 feet elevation and 15 miles from the city’s historic downtown.

New Balance-sponsored runner Dominic Grossman, fresh off an impressive third-place finish at the Angeles Crest 100-mile race, will run in Ultra Santa Fe with his wife, Katie Grossman.

Information and registration are available at ultrasignup.com.

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