The 17th Annual New Mexico Farolito "Trail of Lights" 5K and Kids K is a unique holiday run and walk decked out with 2,500 farolitos (luminarias). Simply put, these are candles carefully placed in sand inside a bag, providing a warm glow at night...a New Mexico Christmas tradition. This is a great way to ring in the holidays. Join hundreds of participants who make this an annual tradition and one you won't want to miss! Enjoy holiday favorites at the finish including posole, hot chocolate, and other NM favorites, Santa, as well as a long-sleeve tee shirt for all registered participants. To register and learn more about the NM Farolito 5K and other RunFit events, go to: www.irunfit.org.
Mariposa Basin Park
4900 Kachina St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
Note: New location for 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.
December 18, 2021
Twilight Kids K: 5:15 P.M.
5K: 5:30 P.M.
Note: 5K starts after Kids K finishes.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS RACE-DAY REGISTRATION; HOWEVER, ALL PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR EVENT PACKETS AT “PACKET PICK-UP.”
Note: If you are not able to pick up your packet in person at the location and time stated below, you must plan for a representative to pick up your packet. Any out-of-town participants may pick up their packet on race day at the registration area between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. at L.B. Johnson Middle School just north of Mariposa Basin Park. Note: No parking is available at school. Event-specific shirts are only guaranteed to those participants registered by December 13th.
PACKET PICKUP & LATE REGISTRATION:
Friday, December 17, 2021
Fleet Feet Sports
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
FLEET FEET SPORTS
North Towne Plaza
5901 Wyoming suite R
Albuquerque NM 87109
EVENT ROUTE: 5K Note: See race link below:
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Location: L.B. Johnson Middles School
Note: Located next to Mariposa Park (north side). NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL. Please use Mariposa Park Parking.
Start location for the 5K and Kids K is located near the finish.
All races will start promptly at the designated times listed above. Allow plenty of time to get to the start. If you are driving to the race plan to arrive early and park. This race is a Gun Start with a clock finish. There will be no posted times. Overall awards will be presented to the top 3 Males and Females.
PLEASE USE DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS/SPACES ONLY. DO NOT BLOCK HANDICAPPED OR OTHER RESTRICTED PARKING AREAS.
NOTE: THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT L.B. JOHNSON MIDDLE SCHOOL.
Bathrooms (port-a-potties) are located just east of finish and next to the start in the east parking lot.
RACE (BIB) NUMBER REQUIREMENTS:
Each participant will receive a Race (Bib) number that must be worn on race day. DO NOT alter your race number in any way. Your bib number must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race so that it may be clearly seen. Bib numbers are non-transferable and MUST be worn by the runner to whom it is assigned.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do you have COVID protocols in place?
New Mexico retired its color-coded, county-by-county system and all COVID health restrictions were lifted on July 1, 2021. All limitations on mass gatherings will be gone. The NM Farolito 5K may operate at 100% capacity. For those who are not vaccinated or vaccinated, you are welcome to social distance and wear a mask. This will be your choice and not enforced due to the COVID restrictions being lifted.
Can I run with an iPod/headphone?
Yes. USATF, the national governing body of the sport, recently amended its ban on headphones, iPods, and similar devices. However, athletes competing for prize money are not allowed to use electronic devices such as headphones and earpieces.
Can I run with my GPS device?
Yes, participants may wear their GPS watches and/or devic. However, these items do not count as “second timing devices" and will not be recognized by the event as official times or distances.
What is NOT allowed on the course?
The use of video devices, cell phones, computers, cameras, or any similar devices by participants in the event is prohibited. The use of wheeled devices by participants or any other person authorized to be on the course shall be strictly limited to: (a) authorized and registered competitive wheelchair participants; and (b) authorized course marshals on bicycles. Skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles, or any other wheeled device will not be permitted.
Note: Sadly, no dogs permitted.
Note: Strollers and baby joggers are permitted. Strollers and baby joggers must start at the back of the pack and your child must always be secured in the stroller. Moreover, strollers and joggers must be well lit to prevent a tripping hazard or accident for other participants.
Do you have a Lost & Found in case I lose something at the Event or on the racecourse?
Yes. We will have a Lost & Found for items that were lost and found on race day. If you are missing a personal item, please call: 505.217.4774.
I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry, or transfer my entry to someone else?
No. Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bib are strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.
If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, will you give me a refund?
No. Please refer to our official event rules and guidelines.
Can I defer my entry to the next year if I am unable to run this year?
No, participants cannot defer their entries to the next year if they are unable to run.
Can a friend pick up my packet for me if I cannot attend Packet Pickup?
Yes. Your friend can pick up your packet for you.
Inclement Weather Policy:
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the RunFit website: www.irunfit.org so that participants can properly prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations. Severe weather updates will also be sent to participants via email as necessary.
The Race Director will monitor the weather and decide if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include altering the start time for the race or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Please listen closely to all public address announcements at the starting line of the race. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15-minute increments. If extreme heat is predicted, extra water will be provided to the athletes, prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures.
Medical staff members will be ready to assist you at any time. Radio communications personnel will be positioned at every aid station along the course.
The event officials have the right to withdraw any runner from the race that appears in distress or at risk. If you have a health or medical problem at the Finish Line, you will be directed to the Medical Area. Please cooperate if you are asked to go for a checkup. Only runners requiring medical assistance will be permitted in the Medical Area. If you feel that you need help at any point, please ask for it!
If you are unable to finish the race for any reason, please notify a race official of your bib number so that medical personnel are aware.
Post Race refreshments will be held immediately after you finish. Enjoy posole, hot chocolate and goodies at the finish.
EVENT QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION:
Event Director: Stephen Pino
Phone: (505) 217-4774
Email: [email protected]
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