10 Best Road Races in New Mexico!

New Mexico has spectacular natural landscapes, and what better way to enjoy them than by gazing upon them during a run? From the outstanding distance options of the Day of the Dead Series to the uniqueness of the Alien Chase, you’ll love these 10 best road races in New Mexico.

Duke City Marathon, Albuquerque, NM

The Duke City Marathon is a well-known and beloved race in Albuquerque. It’s even better if you get in on the fun this year because the race is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Day of the Dead Series, Las Cruces, NM

Dead Running throws its annual Day of the Dead Series every year in Las Cruces: two days packed with amazing races. Whether you’re gearing up for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, or 50K, you’re sure to have a great time.

Bataan Memorial Death March, White Sands Missile Range, NM

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a meaningful race which, as its motto says, is “more than just a marathon.” This marathon brings you through desert roads to honor the service members who sacrificed in the Philippine Islands during World War II.

Shiprock Marathon, Shiprock, NM

The Shiprock Marathon is a fantastic road marathon that takes in all the most stunning views of Shiprock Pinnacle and more. If you’re looking for something a bit different, this race also offers a 5K trail race course this year.

Ruidoso Marathon, Ruidoso, NM

The Ruidoso Marathon is always a lively and exciting experience for all, so whether you’re local to Ruidoso or not, it’s worth the trip. Options include a full marathon, half marathon, 5K, and kids’ one-mile fun run.

Balzano Family Vineyard Wine Run 5K, Carlsbad, NM

Running and wine go together better than you might think. Find out for yourself at the Balzano Family Vineyard Wine Run. Runners and walkers alike are sure to love this fantastic new event.

Taos Marathon, Taos, NM

Taos has its fair share of trail runs and trail races, but if you prefer to hit the pavement, the Taos Marathon could be perfect for you. Choose between a marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5K run, or 5K walk.

Santa Fe Run Around, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Run Around is the oldest race in Santa Fe, and it has been a beloved part of the community since 1979. Check out this fabulous 5K around the Santa Fe Plaza.

Roadrunner Race for the Arts, Santa Rosa, NM

If you’re in the Santa Rosa area or you’re looking for a race to travel to, don’t miss the Roadrunner Race for the Arts. With a half marathon or 5K available, along with a kids’ 1K, there’s a distance for everyone.

Alien Chase, Roswell, NM

Roswell’s annual UFO Festival is a hallowed event that people look forward to every year, and one of the festival’s events is the Alien Chase. Take in the energy of the UFO Festival and have a blast at this 5K.

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