Enchanted Forest Trail Races
Red River, New Mexico
July 30, 2022
Come celebrate the outdoors this summer with an 8 Mile, Heavy Half or Marathon in the Land of Enchantment with a weekend of challenging trail fun. Red River, New Mexico is the quintessential cool little adventure town with rivers, mountains, stunning views, tons of character and a huge heart. Red River sits on the southern end of the Sangre De Cristos and racers will experience the rugged trails in the Carson National Forest and the gorgeous rolling high alpine Enchanted Forest cross country ski area on the course. After the races relax with your friends, family and other racers over local food, music and microbrews in the heart of town at the after-party.
The Start/Finish areas for both races are at Brandenburg Park in the heart of downtown Red River.
Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration will be at Red River Conference Center – 101 W River St on Friday from 5:00-7:00p. Our Race Directors and crew will be here and it’s a great chance to get all of your questions answered. (If you’re unable to make the early pickup, we will have it available Saturday morning before the races.)
The racer party for all racers and Awards Ceremony for the Marathon will be at Brandenburg Park. Men’s & Women’s winners of each race will receive comp entries to next year’s races.
Customized awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be distributed at each race’s awards ceremony. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.
In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. Please carry a water bottle, hydration pack or collapsible cup on the course.
Friends and Family
Red River likes to describe themselves as “authentically warm with a hint of wild, the way the West used to be”.
Red River Ski Area
The Red River Ski Area is part of the race course and extremely family friendly. Check out the Hidden Treasure Aerial Course, mini golf, summer mountain tubing, disc golf, Pioneer Flyer Zip Line and the mountain top Disc Golf. You can take the scenic chairlift and gain a bird’s eye view of your runner as they climb The Face at mile ~20. And with an aid station at the top of the chairlift you can sit around with food and drinks, listening to music and cheer as your runner comes through.
There is a plethora of unique shopping, amazing restaurants and homemade candy and ice cream shops. With a thriving music scene, you can catch a live performance almost any night of the week.
Outside of Town
You can find miles of trails for hikers, anglers and horseback riding.
Weather in Red River can vary. The averages for July are a low of 42 & a high of 75 degrees. It is not unusual to see afternoon storms – come prepared!
Crews are allowed and encouraged in town for the marathon. It is also allowed at the XC ski area station.
We love dogs! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the Start/Finish and aid stations. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on course with their runners.
At each aid station, there will be radio contact available and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters. The start/finish will have a medical tent and medics, including a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Community & the Gemini Family
We want to continue to improve! Look for a post-race survey we send to each participant. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey with both positives and aspects we can improve on.
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Staying on Course & Leave No Trace
Racers must stay on the designated course. Shortcutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.
Stay the trail!
In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the runners or officials.
Lost & Found
Items left at Aid Stations and lost & found items will be available at the Awards Ceremonies.
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
30 Days or more prior to the Event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
Less than 30 days prior to the Event: No refunds or credit given.
Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.
Registered runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding UltraSignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.
There will be no entry transfers.
For environmental reasons cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
Aid Stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Aid Stations will be stocked with gels, potato chips, Skittles, ice water and Hammer Heed
Old Pass Road – 1.4 miles
Switchback – 4 miles
Enchanted Forest I – 7.4 miles
Enchanted Forest II – 12.9
Switchback – 16.3 miles
Old Pass Road – 18.9 miles
The Face – 20.2 miles
Platinum Lift – 23.4
The Face – 27.2
Finish – 27.7
Elevation Gain: 4000’
Low Point 8670′
High Point 10,480′
Old Pass Road – 1.4 miles
Switchback – 4 miles
Enchanted Forest – 7.4 miles
Switchback – 10.8 miles
Old Pass Road – 13.4 miles
Finish – 14.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600’+
Low Point 8670′
High Point 10,200′
The Face – .5 miles
Platinum Lift – 3.7 miles
The Face – 7.5 miles
Finish- 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2400’+
Low Point 8670′
High Point 10,480′
Big challenges and beautiful views. This course has it all. Racers will make their way through dense forest and up steep ski slopes, all with ~4000′ of climbing in just over 25 miles.
The Marathon will begin in town at the Red River Visitor Center. With a short bit on pavement through town up HWY 578 racers will reach the first aid station at 1.4 miles. From there the course ascends the dirt Old Pass road with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. The bulk of the climbing is almost done at the Switchback aid station at mile 4. From there runners will be challenged with rolling terrain to the Enchanted Forest aid station at mile 7.4. From there marathoners will run a 5.5 mile loop in the Enchanted forest xc ski area. The course is dense forests and often absent of any trail. Tree markings will show you the way. The loop will finish at the same Enchanted Forest aid station before going back down the same way it came up all the way to town. Racers will then be directed onto the singletrack river trail to the Base Camp aid station (finish line for the half marathoners).
Runners will head to the ski resort to face their biggest challenge. The course leaves the ski resort aid station and begins the ascent up The Face, the steep prominent ski slope visible from town. There is no trail and racers will need to make their way up the 1/4 mile to where the slope and trail intersect. With very few breaks for a 1600′ climb, marathoners will finally reach the top of the Platinum lift where friends and family can greet them before heading down to the base and back to the finish line.
Heavy Half Marathon
This is a fun and challenging out and back course with more than 1,700′ of climbing in 14.7 miles.
The Half Marathon will begin in town at the Red River Visitor Center. With a short bit on pavement through town up HWY 578 racers will reach the first aid station at 1.4 miles. From there the course ascends the dirt Old Pass Road with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. The bulk of the climbing is almost done at the Switchback aid station at mile 4. From there runners will be challenged with rolling terrain to the turnaround point at the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area at mile 7.4. The course will go back down the same way it came up all the way to town. Racers will then be directed onto the singletrack river trail to the finish line (so save some energy for this challenging section).
This race takes out all the casual miles and leaves all the challenge. The 8 mile course is the second half of the marathon with all its beauty and elevation. With 2400’ of climbing in 8 miles you will either be climbing or descending throughout this course. You will begin with a short section of road to get to the ski resort and face your biggest challenge. The course leaves The Face aid station and begins the ascent up The Face, the steep prominent ski slope visible from town. There is no trail and you will need to make your way up the 1/4 mile to where the slope and trail intersect. With very few breaks for a 1600′ climb, 8 Milers will finally reach the top of the Platinum lift where friends and family can greet you before heading down to the base and back to the finish line.
5:00-7:00p – Packet Pick-Up at the Red River Conference Center – 101 W River St
5:30p – Pre-Race Shakeout Yoga, courtesy of non-profit partner Vetoga
6:45a – 7:45a – Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up at Brandenburg Park – 100 E Main St, Red River, NM 87558
8:00a – Half Marathon and Marathon Race Starts
8:30a – 8 Mile Starts
9:00a – Red River Scavenger Hunt
10:30a – Yoga in the Park to Support Vetoga
11:00a – 8 Mile and Half Marathon Awards @ Brandenburg Park
2:00p – The Face Aid Station Cut-Off for Marathon
3:00p – Marathon Awards at Brandenburg Park
4:00p – 8 Mile/Half Marathon/Marathon Final Cut-Off
Early (until March 31st)
8 Mile – $65
Heavy Half Marathon – $80
Trail Marathon – $100
Standard (until June 30th)
8 Mile – $75
Heavy Half Marathon – $90
Trail Marathon – $110
Late (until July 28th)
8 Mile – $85
Heavy Half Marathon – $100
Trail Marathon – $120
8 Mile – $95
Heavy Half Marathon – $110
Trail Marathon – $130