Though there are dozens of reasons, this list of regional races will keep you busy during the Southwest winter and into the spring season

Across the Southwest, in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona – and beyond – the heartiest athletes don’t stop competing just because it’s wintertime. Here’s a heads’ up on a selection of winter (into spring) races that will test the fastest sneakers, skis, bikes and snowshoes. Register now as many of these races fill up fast.

2019

November 15 – 17

Monument Valley Veteran’s Marathon

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Marathon, Kids Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and Wildcat Trail Fun Run


December 7

Chasing Santa 5K/Cycling Santa 10K

Colorado Springs, Colorado

5K Run/Walk and Cycling Santa 10K


The Navajo Park Race Series includes the Monument Valley Veterans Marathon, the Four Corners Quad Keyah, the Little Colorado River Half Marathon, the Monument Valley Ultra and the Shiprock Marathon.NavajoYES

December 5 – 8

Four Corners Quad Keyah

Four Corners Monument

Marathon and Half Marathon each day beginning and ending in one of the four states


December 14, 2019

Lady of the Mountain Run

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

2020

January TBA

Estes Park Frost Giant 5k and 10k

Estes Park, Colorado

5K and 10K


Southwest Winter
Ski Chama organizes the annual Chile Ski Classic, a two-day event with numerous classic and skate ski races in addition to a variety of other events.Ski Chama

January 18 – 19

Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta

Chama, New Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoe Races


January 19

El Paso Puzzler Endurance Mountain Bike Race

El Paso, Texas

15-, 35- and 50-mile races


January 25

Arches Ultra

Moab, Utah

50 Mile, 50K, Half Marathon, 9K


January 25

Colorado Cup Snowshoe Race

Leadville, Colorado

5K and 10K Snowshoe Race (Qualifier)


February 1

Run Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

Marathon, 10K and 5K


February 8

Little Colorado River Half Marathon

Cameron, Arizona

Half Marathon and 10K


February 9

Owl Creek Chase at the Nordic Festival

Aspen, Colorado

21K Cross-Country Ski Race


February 15

Moab’s Red Hot 33K and 55K

Moab, Utah

33K and 55K


February 15

Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon

Grants, New Mexico

4,900 Feet Elevation Gain and 43 Miles on bikes, feet and skis


February 15

Black Canyon Ultras

Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, Arizona

100K and 60K from Spring Valley to New River


February 29

Monument Valley Ultra

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

50 Mile, 50K, and Trail Half Marathon


March TBA

Leadville Ski Joring Competition

Leadville, Colorado

Horse and Rider Pull a Skier


March 7

Sand Hollow Marathon

Hurricane, Utah

Full and Half Marathon


March 13 – 15

Frozen Dead Guy Days Coffin Races

Nederland, Colorado

Coffin Racing; more


March 14, 2020

Run Through Time

Salida, Colorado

Marathon and Half Marathon


March 21

Behind the Rocks

Moab, Utah

50 Mile, 50K, 30K, and 10 Mile


April 17 – 19

Desert RATS Trail Running Festival

Fruita, Colorado

Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K, 10K and Kids’ Races


May 1, 2020

Shiprock Marathon

Shiprock, New Mexico

Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, Kids Marathon, 10K and 5K


Tips for Competing in Chilly Temps

1) Dress accordingly! It’s good strategy to dress in layers. Layer as if it’s at least 10 degrees warmer than what’s showing on the thermometer.

2) Wear fabrics that wick moisture. Sweat means wet!

3) Know what you’re getting into. Practice competing in the cold before racing in the cold.

4) Warm-up. Warming up before the start of a race will foil a cold-temperature shock to your body.

4) Stay warm. If you’ve overdressed, you can always discard clothing.

5) Keep your extremities warm. Your hands, face and head help to maintain body heat.

6) Stay hydrated.

7) Preserve glycogen reserves by starting fueled and staying fueled with carbohydrate gels, snacks and drinks.