The Canicross USA New Mexico Fat Ass Races are the first, premier and only canicross races in New Mexico with more races to come in the future! We intend to host these fatass races annually and keep them FREE. They are held in association with Canicross USA and qualify for titling with North American Canicross. You are welcome to participate with one or two dogs per race or as a dog lover without a dog.
If you register and decide not to run, please cancel your registration!!! The races are capped at a total of 25 human participants, and we hope to see them fill up. Contact the race directors at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or communications.
Trail & Canine Safety
It is understood that participating dogs will have varying energy and socialization levels. However, it is expected that your dog(s) be kept under control at all times. The race directors will not hesitate to require a human participant to withdraw from the races if they believe that participant's dog(s) are a risk to other participants. For the safety of all humans and dogs, the following is expected from every participant:
Saturday, October 22, 7:00am - 7:45am All Races Check-in
Saturday, October 22, 8:00am - Sprint Class race begins (1 hour cutoff)
Saturday, October 22, 8:30am - 8:45am 5-10K and Champion Class Check-in
Saturday, October 22, 9:00am - 5-10K and Champion Class races begin (5-10 K Class 2 hour cutoff, Champion Class 3 hour cutoff)
Courses & Timing
All races will start and end at the parking lot at the west entrance of Forest Loop Rd (aka Placitas Trailhead). Each course starts on double track and finishes on single track. Each course includes rocky sections so trail running shoes are recommended. Most fat ass races don't have any trail marking. However, blue signs, flagging, reflective tape and/or cones will mark the course at turnoffs onto single track and intersections where a turn needs to be made. As the trails will be marked on Friday, it is possible those markings could be removed. Please familiarize yourself with the links to course(s) you will run below. They are also downloadable as a gpx file for your navigation app of choice or fitness watch.
All three races will be timed, but bibs will not have timing chips. It is your responsibility to make sure timing volunteers record your bib number and time correctly. Call out your bib number as you cross the finish line.
An aid station will be located at the start/finish. It will have water. This will be a “cupless” event, so bring your own preferred drink vessels (bottles, bladders, cups, etc.) and electrolyte mix. Since this is a fat ass, all participants should plan on providing their own food and we encourage participants to bring a post race snack to share. Also, plan on an informal afterparty at Kaktus Brewing or Bosque Brewing in Bernalillo.
Participants can have crews and supporters at the start and finish aid station.
All participants receive a finisher medal and we'll have treats for all the dogs. The top 3 male and female finishers in each race will receive a Canicross USA New Mexico Chapter shot glass. Everyone will also receive a finisher certificate by email.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Forest Loop Rd (Placitas Trailhead)
When traveling to the race on I-25, use exit 242 and go east on Hwy 165 for approximately 2 miles to the west entrance of Forest Loop Rd (Placitas Trailhead) on the south side of Hwy 165. There is a small parking area at the west entrance and another parking area northwest of the west entrance adjacent to Forest Loop Rd. The finish line and packet pickup is located southeast of the parking area at the west entrance. Use the satellite view on the map below to identify the parking areas.