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Captain Mountain 34-hour Race

April 19, 2024 @ 6:00 AM

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A Smokey History:

“H otfoot” was a badly burned black bear cub found in 1950 by firefighters after a devastating blaze in New Mexico’s Lincoln National Forest. When the cub healed, he was rechristened Smokey Bear, and he came to personify the advertising character created during World War II to dissuade campers from carelessly destroying the war effort’s lumber supply.

Smokey moved to Washington, DC, and took up residence at the National Zoo alongside fellow celebrity Ham, the Astrochimp. Millions paid their respects over the years. Smokey was so popular, he had his own ZIP code.

Smokey died during the Bicentennial year, and was taken home and buried under dark of night on Nov. 9, 1976, on the grounds of the Smoky Bear Museum. A tree planted next to the spot is nourished, as in some way are all trees, by the great bear himself.

quick details

Location:  Captain Mountain
Geographic Coordinates: 33.513758, -105.511612
100 Mile Award:  Buckles
80 Mile Award:  Smokey 80th Birthday Buckle
(yes if you hit 80 and 100 miles – you get both buckles!)
All Other Distances Award:  Medals
Sub 24 Hour Finishers Award: A magical buckle
Special buckle awarded in conjunction with finishers buckle.
NO DNF:  This is a no DNF event! Times will be collected at 25K and up! This is a chance for you to go further than you ever have before without any stress!


All Yeti Events are timed by ZEN ARCADE TIMING .
ZEN ARCADE provides professional chip timing for YETI TRAIL RUNNERS events from hourly races with to 200 miles insuring timing and lap accuracy with up to date advanced displays.

race course

4 Mile Loop – The course is soft runnable 4 mile loop. The aid and headquarters is set up at the at the start/finish of 4 mile loop!

No Pacers – You will pass by your car at the end of each loop. It will be tight to set up a canopy in this area. If you arrive and book a campground space. You may set up whatever your heart desires.

Loop Direction – The course will be ran in a counter clockwise direction until 11pm . At 11pm the course will run clockwise until 6 am.

Bib & Packet Pickup

Smokey Bear Museum
118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316
Thursday from 3 PM – 7 PM

Your BIB gives you entry into The Smokey Bear Museum to learn about the history of Smokey & USFS.
you will be able to visit Smokeys final resting place located at the museum.

Race Day Schedule

Friday – 6am start- 34 hour Cut off

Friday & Saturday – Food Truck on site serving runners
(Race day food truck provided by event registration)

Saturday – 4pm Course closes

Aid Station

A variety of traditional foods/electro/soda drinks will be served along with hot foods in the evening . Veggie options will be available along with hot liquid with a variety of teas and instant coffee. We have contracted a food truck to come a lite lunch and dinner.

mandatory equipment

A Cup – This is a cupless event. A foam or collapsible camp style cup for hot liquids and a reuseable cup for other drinks is required. Thank you for your help in reducing a large percentage of race waste by bringing your own reusable cup. We were the first race on the East Coast to go cupless 12 years ago- Reuseable cups have come a long way since then and should be in every trailrunners pack.



First Come First Serve – Camping is available at Rob Jagger’s Campground at the start finish and on a first come first serve basis pursuant to public land rights.

Directions from the intersection of NM 246 and US 380 in Capitan, NM – drive east on US 380 for 4.3 miles to NM 220, which will be on the right. Take NM 220 approximately 1 mile and arrive at Rob Jagger’s Campground on the left.

Directions from the west end of Lincoln, NM, drive west 7.75 miles to NM 220, which will be on the left – Drive south 0.9 for miles to the Rob Jaggers Campground.


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Diversity & Inclusion Policies

Criteria for AWD Entry

Criteria for AWD Entry

  • AWDs must be able to run the course
  • Tethers may be used for athletes with a visually impairment
  • Leg prosthetics may be used for amputees.
  • Crutches, braces, or poles may be used if indicated/necessary, with approval from the RD.
  • Since the course is a trail through the mountains, it is not suitable for athletes in wheelchairs (see more on this below).
  • AWDs must be able to finish within the 30 hour cutoff.

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Inclusion Matters

O ne of the things we strive for is to create inclusion and equality in the running community. As much as we want to say that all you need to run is a pair of shoes, we know the reality is much more complex. To create intentional space for people, the Yetis want to make it clear that our races are for everyone.

Entrance Policy for Transgender Athletes

We will accept each entrant’s declared gender at face value, and no additional supporting evidence is required. Athletes may register as the gender they identify with.

Entrance Policy for Non-Binary Athletes

People whose gender is not male or female; including but not limited to: genderqueer, agender, bigender. We want to acknowledge, respect, and provide opportunity in the registration process to express their desired pronouns. Please email after registration and we will amend our records as Ultrasignup does not currently have that option.

Refund Policy

Shi!* Happens

A s a runner it’s inevitable that you’re going to register for a race that at some point later on you’re unfortunately not going to be able to start for one reason or another. It happens to all of us, especially as race registrations need to open months in advance of the races themselves, and life happens during those interim months: Injuries, work, family emergencies, etc.

We assure you we get it; we really do. And we strive to be as understanding and cooperative as we practically and financially can. But just because the race hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean we haven’t already incurred significant expenses related to that race. We pay taxes on the income from the entry fees; we pay for permits, insurance, and supplies (including race shirts, buckles and other awards) For all of these reasons and more we cannot offer refunds, deferrals or transfers.