Canicross USA - New Mexico Fat Ass Races

Sat October 22, 2022 Directions

Events

Forest Loop Sprint Class 3K

8:00AM MDT - 9:00AM MDT

Forest Loop 5K-10K Class 6K

9:00AM MDT - 11:00PM MDT

Forest Loop Champion Class 11K

9:00AM MDT - 12:00PM MDT

Place

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.

Description

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 canixnm@gmail.com 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:

  • Minimum equipment to race with a dog is a buckle or martingale collar and leash. Choke and pinch collars are not allowed. Equipment prescribed in section 2.3 of the North American Canicross Handbook (free motion harness, bungee leash and hands-free waist belt) is encouraged and it is required to qualify for North American Canicross titles. Links to several equipment vendors are found at a featured post at the Canicross USA - New Mexico Facebook page.
  • Dogs may not "meet" each other without express permission from all parties involved.
  • Single Track Passing - All passes must be announced by the passer within 20 feet (approximately 3 leash lengths) of passing on single track when one or both parties are human/dog(s) teams. Passers and passees are expected to maintain safe distance until a pass can be completed safely. Passees are expected to move to the side of a single track and stop to allow the passer to pass when safe to do so.
  • Double Track Passing - Announcing passes by the passer is encouraged within 20 feet of passing on double track when one or both parties are human/dog(s) teams. Races are started on double track and it is recognized announcing passes within the first 1K of a race are difficult due to their frequency. Regardless, a passer is expected to maintain safe distance from a passee until a pass can be completed safely.

Schedule
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.

Aid Stations
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.

Crews
Participants can have crews and supporters at the start and finish aid station.

Race Swag
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.

Race Contact Info

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Directions

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.

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