Both men and women competed at the famous 9 mile La Luz Trail Run in the beautiful Sandia Mountains! Named one of the most grueling trail races in the country, La Luz starts at 6,100 feet and climbs to over 10,600 feet! The course starts on a 1.8 mile, 12% grade, road portion, then traverses through the beautiful trails of the Sandia Mountains. After climbing for over 7 miles, runners have to pass 13 switchbacks of almost unrunable terrain, termed "the rockslide". At almost 9,000 feet, even the best runners are left helpless!
La Luz is a beautiful race, as the fastest runners and the slowest runners experience the same gut-wrenching, mental damage caused from the relentless climb up the mountain. The only winner is the mountain.
The Dukes had strong representation from both the men's and women's teams, putting several runners in the top-10.
Kris Houghton - 3rd - 1:25:16
Stu Lisle - 5th - 1:26:50
Sal Perdomo - 6th - 1:30:16
Tony Clement - 7th - 1:31:35
Allen Wagner - 9th - 1:33:19
Anthony Fleg - 15th - 1:37:39
Aaron Padilla - 21st - 1:40:26
Chris Peverada - 26th - 1:41:56
Jesse Armijo - 28th - 1:42:18
Imogen Ainsworth - 35th - 1:48:34
Madeleine Carey - 72nd - 1:59:35
Darrell Armstrong - 75th - 2:00:46
Hannah Hollingsworth - 103rd - 2:06:46
Lauren Patton - 112th - 2:08:38
Stephanie Latimer - 126th - 2:11:03
Stephanie Ward - 130th - 2:11:16
Danielle Dienes - 147th - 2:14:25
The very end!!
The lovely cheering squad!