AA50K is an endurance get-together that consists of ten laps around Albuquerque Academy on the night of the second full moon in August. It is open to anyone, although it may be particularly attractive to beginning ultra-runners who want to get some experience doing a night run in familiar territory.
People who want to do less than ten laps are welcome. Although ten laps is a 50K, eight laps is a marathon. One lap is a 5K and two laps is a 10K. I will try to organize enough paperwork so that the event can be considered a marathon by Marathon Maniacs, but I've never done that before and can't guarantee that it'll happen. So far, it's not on their calendar and time is running out.
Walkers are welcome. Dogs are not.
The event begins and ends at the corner of Harper and Ventura. The first, and all odd laps will run clockwise as viewed from above (i.e., you will start running south on the path that parallels Ventura). The second, and all even laps will run counter-clockwise. There will be a clipboard so that you can write down your lap times.
This is a "fat-ass" event, meaning it is self-supported. There will be no aid stations and there are no porta-potties. The McDonalds should be open until 12:30am, so you may want to bring some cash so you can buy something and relieve yourself before they close.
Please bring a flashlight or headlamp even though it will be a full moon.
I believe people will be able to park in the Hoffmantown Church parking lot near the start/finish. If not, people should be able to park at the library at the corner of Barstow and Harper. Either way, you should be able to visit your car once per loop to refuel, or rehydrate.
There will not be shirts or finishers medals, but last year there was a single belt buckle for the winner. We're hoping to have another buckle this year.
Last year I finished in about seven and a half hours, but stayed around for the final finisher. This year I may be slower, but I'll stick around until the last person comes in.