Philmont Trail Race

The race has begun!

Aug. 12, 2023

Philmont Scout Ranch is opening its trails for a second annual trail race that welcomes the running and scouting communities to enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. Distances will include a Tooth Ridge Sprint (8 miles), Heavy Half (18 miles), Marathon and 50 Mile through the south country of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. All courses will finish down the iconic Tooth of Time Ridge and through the famous “You Made It!” gate in Philmont’s Base Camp.

Philmont Scout Ranch is a 140,000 acre high adventure camp owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America with over 300 miles of trails. Philmont’s main program challenges and educates scouts of 13 to 21 years of age through 7, 9, and 12-day backpacking treks, where they participate in activities such as climbing, shooting, living history, fishing and much more.

"Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence to complete."

Race Information Packet

Click here to download: Race Information Packet

We are looking for volunteers to help with the race! This race would not be possible without an incredible team of volunteers to help at Check-In, Finish Line, Aid Stations, and more. Click here to find more information and sign up to help the goals of our runners become a reality on race day.

50 Mile

This 50 mile race will take you through almost the entirety of Philmont’s south country. You will  experience all that the Rockies of northeastern New Mexico have to offer. More info, such as the course map, aid stations and course profile, will be released soon.

Begins at Rayado, following the Rayado River west along the boundary line to Apache Springs before heading north to the summit of Mt. Phillips, then east to Hunting Lodge, south through Clark’s Fork to Schaeffer’s Pass, then down Tooth Ridge.

Access the 2023 50 Mile course map here.


Experience this classic distance as you traverse mountains, cross streams, and run through alpine meadows. Treat yourself to the Sangre de Cristo mountains and run 26.2 miles! More info, such as the course map, aid stations and course profile, will be release soon.

Begins at Rayado, heading westward before turning north at Zastrow toward Aguila Camp, to Bear Caves, then Crater Lake, Miners Park, finishing up following Tooth Ridge into Base Camp.

Access the 2023 Marathon course map here

Heavy Half

This 18 mile race will highlight some of Philmont’s most famous sights, including the Tooth of Time. You will get to experience Philmont’s backcountry and be back in time to enjoy Base Camp. More info, such as the course map, aid stations and course profile, will be released soon.

Course starts at Lover’s Leap Trailhead, up through Miner’s Park to Schaeffer’s Pass, then down Tooth Ridge into Base Camp for the finish.

Access the 2023 Heavy Half course map here

Tooth Ridge Sprint
(8 Miles)

Our shortest race, this event will take you to the famous Tooth of Time. On your way down you will run flowing switchbacks and take in breathtaking vistas. More info, such as the course map, aid stations and course profile, will be released soon.

The course is 8 miles starting at Lovers Leap Trailhead up the Stockade trail then down Tooth Ridge to finish in Base Camp.

Access the 2023 Tooth Ridge Sprint course map here.

Please direct any outstanding questions to Austin St. George at