'Master of the Mountains' from Sugarite to Whittington


"Master of the Mountains," which will take place Saturday (Aug. 26) at Sugarite Canyon State Park, features a 6-mile trail run, a 3-mile paddle around the park's Lake Maloya, a 20-mile bicycle trek and a shotgun shoot. Although Monday (Aug. 1) was the last day to register online, Master of the Mountains participants may still sign up until the day before the race.

"This is a great way to experience the many different terrains at Sugarite Canyon and challenge yourself for your personal best," said Sugarite Canyon State Park Superintendent Robert McIvor. "Sugarite is happy to partner with Ratón Parks and Rec and the NRA Whittington Center to present this challenging and exciting event."

The course consists of:

• Trail run or walk around Little Horse Mesa (about 6 miles).

• Paddle course around Lake Maloya (about 3 miles).

• Bicycle trek through the park and Ratón en route to the Whittington Center (about 20 miles).

• Shotgun shoot at the Whittington Center (tactical shotgun course with stations).

Registration is $75 per person for solo participants or $50 per person for team registration. To register, call the Ratón Parks and Recreation Department at (575) 445-2413. Register up until 5 p.m. Friday (Aug. 25).

All participants must attend a mandatory pre-race orientation meeting Aug. 25. The race begins 8 a.m. Aug. 26 at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park. Lake Maloya's south boat ramp is the starting point for the trail run/walk around the base of Little Horse Mesa.

Participants return to the boat ramp and transition to a paddle craft, such as a kayak or canoe, for the Lake Maloya course. After the paddle event, participants get on their bicycles for the trip to the NRA Whittington Center, where they shift to the shotgun shoot.

Park day use fees of $5 apply for observers who watch event components in Sugarite. (Park fees are covered for event participants.) Also, observers can watch participants bicycle through downtown Ratón.

To get to Sugarite Canyon State Park, take Interstate 25 Exit 452 at Ratón, follow State Road 72 east for 3.5 miles and go north on State Road 526 for about 2 miles to the visitor center. For additional information, call (575) 445-5607.