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Albuquerque, N.M. - Where The World's Best Distance Runners Train!
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/30/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Albuquerque Distance Training Locations

Albuquerque Open Space Lands
Albuquerque Trail Maps
Albuquerque Road Runners

Albuquerque Academy

Bear Canyon Arroyo

Copper Trailhead

Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

Montgomery Trailhead

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Rio Grande Nature Center

What They're Saying About Albuquerque

"It's a lot better than coming all the way from Europe. I like the quietness, and the altitude, of course. It's a nice place to train."
-2007 World Cross Country Champion Lornah Kiplagat

"On Sunday mornings, you see hundreds and hundreds of people out running. If we go to a local Starbucks, people ask, 'Are you guys runners?' Everybody understands running, and I think that helps a lot."
-High Altitude Training Camp (Kenya) Co-Owner Pieter Langerhorst

"All in all, we've found Albuquerque has a lot to offer--great running, nice mild winter, great green and red chile along with great sunrises and sunsets that are hard to beat."

"Albuquerque's great weather, nice trails and year-long access to a track make it one of the best places to train year-round in the U.S."
-Two-time Olympian and Albuquerque Resident Elva Dryer

"It's awesome out here. It really is. There are just so many places to run for any occasion. The climate here is pretty decent year round, so that makes it really, really nice to train out here."
-UNM All-American and `06 USA 15K Runner-Up Matt Gonzales

"The air is cleaner and the scenery and running is beautiful and motivating, as well as tough. The weather is also better here (than in England)...it's nice to be able to train in t-shirt and shorts and dry sunshine."
-World Marathon Record Holder Paula Radcliffe

"I am training in Albuquerque because it is high altitude. When I am training here, it's like when I'm in Kenya. There's no difference. I like it also because of the foothills. I can train up the hills and down the hills. And it's a training area--so many people are training here. When I'm training and I see other people training, then I think, `Here we are together.'"
-World Class Distance Runner Jane Kiptoo

Who's Trained In Albuquerque?

Olympic medalists
LIZ McCOLGAN, Great Britain
NOUREDDINE MORCELI, Algeria
KHALID SKAH, Morocco
GABRIELA SZABO, Romania
JOSIAH THUGWANE, South Africa

Recent world & national class runners
ANDREW BEGLEY, Topeka, Ind.
AMY YODER BEGLEY, Kendallville, Ind.
RACHAEL DOBBS, Albuquerque
ELVA DRYER, Albuquerque (Durango, Colo.)
LAUREN FLESHMAN, Stanford, Calif.
Matt Gonzales, Albuquerque (Santa Fe)
BOB KENNEDY, Indianapolis
LORNAH KIPLAGAT, The Netherlands
BRANDON LESLIE, Albuquerque (Gallup)
BRANTLEY LUTZ, Albuquerque
TEDDY MITCHELL, Albuquerque (Longwood, Fla.)
DAVID MORRIS, Albuquerque (Eagle River, Alaska)
PAULA RADCLIFFE, Great Britain
SIMON SAWE, Santa Fe (Kenya)
MICHAEL STEMBER, Fair Oaks, Calif.
JANET TRUJILLO, Albuquerque
ALAN WEBB, Fairfax, Va.
DEEJAH YOUNGQUIST, Albuquerque (Seattle)
BENOIT ZWIERZCHIEWSKI, France
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