Race Info

The Duke City Marathon 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.

Since 1984, the Duke City Marathon has grown to hosting seven races:

Marathon (RRCA West Regional Championship)

Marathon Relay

Half Marathon (2023 RRCA New Mexico State Championship)

10K Run

10K Walk

5K Run

5K Walk

Something for everyone!

Age Groups: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

Categories: Male, Female, Wheel Chair, Relay (Men's, Women's, Co-ed, Military, Law Enforcement, Pueblo)

Each Registration Includes: New Dri-Release Moisture-Wicking Long Sleeve Shirt, Finishers Medal, Race Bib, Timing, Race Packet, Post Race Festival, Post Race Refreshments

There are NO refunds and it is not possible to transfer your registration to someone else. There is a $20 event transfer fee.

Race Schedule

Sunday, October 22, 2023

6:45 a.m.Opening Ceremonies
6:50 a.m.Pre-race Warm-up
7:00 a.m.Marathon
7:00 a.m.Marathon Relay
7:15 a.m.Half Marathon
7:30 a.m.5K Run
7:45 a.m.10K Walk
8:00 a.m.5K Walk
8:15 a.m.10K Run
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Post Race Festival


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Race Week

If you registered before September 22, you can pick your packet up between October 17-20 at the Big 5 Sporting Goods store located at 2720 San Mateo Blvd, between 12:00pm and 6:00pm. The store is located on the east side of the street, just north of Menaul Blvd.

If you are unable to pick your packet up during this time, it will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

All packets will be distributed with your race bib. Remember to bring it with you on Race Day. You will not be issued another one.

Course Info

All city streets on the DCM course are closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 22nd. 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

Course Map and Elevation Charts

Duke City Marathon Race MapDuke City Marathon Race Map
Duke City Marathon Race Map

Marathon Course Elevation Chart
Elevation at the Start/Finish is 5018 feet. Elevation at the turn around point (13.1 miles) is 5141 feet, a difference of +123 feet.

Full Marathon Elevation Chart

Half Marathon Course Elevation Chart
Elevation at the Start/Finish is 5018 feet. Elevation at the turn around point (6.5 miles) is 5038 feet, a difference of +20 feet.

Half Marathon Elevation Chart

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 the 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 the 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 their own transportation to the transition station.

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