The course starts at Mayor Kinney Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque. Harry Kinney was Albuquerque's mayor in 1984, and officially started the first Duke City Marathon together with the 15th Duke of Alburquerque (the original Spanish spelling), who traveled from Madrid, Spain, to be on hand for the inaugural event. Running south from Civic Plaza on 3rd Street, you then turn right (W) on Central Avenue, which is Historic Route 66. All city streets on the DCM course are closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 20. Runners and walkers will run west on Central, followed by these directions: Turn left (S) on Laguna Turn left (E) on Kit Carson (which is the 5K turnaround). Turn right (S) on Alcalde Turn left (E) on Tingley Drive and access the Paseo del Norte Trail just East of the train tunnel. At this point, the 10K races turn east, while the Half Marathon, Relay Marathon and Marathon races turn west.
At mile 10, Marathoners and Relay Marathoners will turn right (E) towards the spectacular Sandia Mountains. After 3.1 miles you will make a U-turn and retrace your steps on the Paseo del Bosque Trail, back to the finish line at Civic Plaza.
Starting Line: 3rd Street and Tijeras – All Events
Finish Line: 3rd Street, between Tijeras and Marquette – All Events
MARATHON RELAY TRANSITION POINTS:
First Leg - 4.8 Miles: STARTING LINE
4.8 Miles from Starting Line at 3rd St. and Marquette to Transition #1.
Second Leg - 6.2 Miles: Transition #1
Mile 4.8, on the Paseo del Bosque trail intersection with Gabaldon Place, (from Rio Grande Blvd., turn west on Mountain Rd. to Gabaldon Rd. Turn on Gabaldon Dr., under I-40 to Gabaldon Pl. to parking lot at the end of the road.
Third Leg - 4.2 Miles: Transition #2
Mile 11, trail parallel to Paseo del Norte Blvd. (heading east).
Go north on Rio Grande Blvd. Before crossing over Paseo del Norte Blvd., turn left on gravel road to enter parking lot.
Fourth Leg - 6.2 Miles: Transition #3 - Same as #2 Mile 15.2, (Runners & Walkers turn - around point heading west)
Fifth Leg - 4.8 Miles: Transition #4
Mile 21.4, Same as first transition point.
Water station, portable toilets, and official observer at each point. Runners are responsible for own transportation to transition station.