Cloudcroft Ultra 53K

The club will provide communications support for the 2019 Cloudcroft Ultra 53K race. Come out and support this all-day event while putting your emergency and/or public event support “preps” to the test. Communications support will be provided from three aid stations, as well as at the start/finish line at Zenith Park in downtown Cloudcroft, NM. Contact Kurt, KE7KUS, if you are interesting in supporting this event.

2018 Cactus To Cloud Update #3

Final preparations are being made for the race this coming Saturday.  As of this post, I have 4 volunteers to occupy aid stations:

AID 1/6
7:30am – 1:30pm – Craig, KG5VIN
1:30PM – 7:00PM – LARRY, WW6USA
AID 2/5
8:15AM – 1:00PM – BOB, KF5VLJ
1:00PM – 5:30PM – Bob, KF5VLJ
AID 3/4
8:45AM – 12:30PM – Mickey, KG5DAC
12:30PM – 3:00PM – Rich, KB2MEZ


I am still planning on sweeping at the least the loop after Aid 3/4 due to the potentially exhausting conditions and lack of aid support along that portion of the trail.

The Pre-Event Net will still take place Friday evening at 7PM on the linked repeater system.  All volunteers are strongly encouraged to make that net.  I will issue comms guidance for event support by Wednesday evening to allow newcomers to review the planned procedures so they can bring questions to the Friday evening net.

Thank you, in advance, to all the volunteers who are making this event possible.

2018 Cactus To Cloud Update #2

As previously reported the 2018 Cactus To Cloud race has been altered and is now the 2018 Cloudcroft Ultra 53k / 10 miler.  The race will begin at 7am and conclude no later than 7pm.  The new race course starts at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft and ends there as well.


There will be three aid stations, which each runner will pass through two times…once on the way out and once on the way back.  The aid station locations are as follows:

Aid 1/6:  Rim Trail Entrance #2 near MM1 on Sunspot Highway

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Aid 2/5: FS Road 636 (right off Sunspot Highway just past the old Snow Play Area)

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Aid 3/4:  Rim Trail intersection with Alamo Peak Road

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Due to the relatively quick nature of the course through Aid Station 3, I’m suggesting the following times on station:

AID 1/6:  On station by 7:30am.  Expect first runners by 7:45am.  Cutoff time into Aid 6 on the return trip is 6:00pm.

AID 2/5:  On station by 8:15am.  Expect first runners by 8:30am.  Cutoff time into Aid 5 on the return trip is 4:30pm.

AID 3/4:  On station by 8:45am.  Expect first runners by 9:00am.  Cutoff time into Aid 3 on the outbound trip is 11:00am.  Cutoff time back into Aid 4 on the return trip is 2:00pm.

All of the Aid Stations are accessible by vehicle, however, Aid 2/5 is on a fairly small twin-track road with no room to turn around, so you may have to park your vehicle and walk in about 1/4 mile to get to the station itself.  (This is the station Bob Good usually mans every year).


Due to the potentially long times at the aid stations, I’m suggesting we break up the manning periods into two blocks:

AID 1/6:  First block – 7:30am to 1:30pm.  Second block – 1:30pm to 7:00pm.
AID 2/5:  First block – 8:15am to 1pm.  Second block – 1pm to 5:30pm.
AID 3/4:  First block – 8:45am to 12:30pm.  Second block – 12:30pm to 3:00PM.


If you are interested in manning an aid station, please email me at my callsign at and let me know which block(s) you are interested in staffing.  If you want to staff both blocks at an aid station, that is fine…just let me know.

I’m still looking for Net Control manning in Zenith Park.  It’s an easy job, there’s great food, and lots of great folks to hang around with.  I’m planning on running most of the course, particularly the loop from Aid 3 back to Aid 4, as that is a very difficult trail and will be run in the hot part of the day with no shade and steep terrain.  (Sounds fun…feel free to join me!)

I’ll publish a race bible as soon as I get one, so we have more complete information about the Aid Stations, but the above info should get us started.  Pick your participation, and please send me an email ASAP so I can identify if we have any coverage gaps.  All timeslots at all aid stations are currently open, so feel free to pick the time/location which best fits your schedule.  When you email me, please also email me your preferred T-shirt size so I can get the order back to Cindy ASAP.  Request you email me no later than right after the net this Saturday night.

Thanks to everyone in advance for supporting this great event and flexing with the last minute changes.  Let’s get ready for a race!


2018 Cactus To Cloud Update #1

For those planning on supporting the 2018 Cactus To Cloud race, logistical issues with the race organization have prevented the traditional C2C race run on May 12:

Instead, Matt & Cindy are working to organize a new race route for a 53k race which starts and finishes in Cloudcroft.  I’m waiting for the updated race course so I can work with Cindy to figure out what support they’ll need on the new race routing, but I expect they’ll need communications support as only a small part of the course will be in the vicinity of the village itself.

Bottom line:  keep May 12th clear on your calendar and if you were planning on supporting the C2C, plan on supporting the new race route.  More words to follow…

2018 Cactus To Cloud Event Support

Club members!  Get out your portable kits, charge up your batteries and get ready because the 2018 Cactus To Cloud race is officially a go, and the event organizers have requested our help once again this year.

Date:  May 12, 2018

Time:  7:00am Race Start

Location:  Start Line @ Oliver Lee State Park south of Alamogordo, then per race routing to finish line at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, NM

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The aid station locations will be the same as the race last year, with many of the usual suspects as event organizers & supporters.  We’ll conduct a planning meeting next week at the April Club meeting, so come prepared to discuss aid station assignments & equipment lists.  Of note, we’ll be looking for a Net Control Station volunteer this year, as I will likely run at least part of the race.

We’ll have an event support web page up on the site this week with more information so watch for that notification.  Stay tuned for more info…