SOURCE: County of Los Alamos, New Mexico

June 12, 2008 10:40 ET

Athletes Achieve Their Highest Level of Fitness in Los Alamos

County Launches a New High Altitude Sports Website!

LOS ALAMOS, NM--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Whether athletes run, bike, ski, swim, or hike they're finding Los Alamos, New Mexico is open year round for high altitude training. Achieving peak performance is tough at 7,500 feet, but this historic town is attracting competitors worldwide for training and competitions.

This month, the city launched its Los Alamos High Altitude Sports website. The online resource for athletes,, provides a full calendar of sporting events in the area with direct links to the event websites, as well as vacation tours and map information for regional attractions. The website also provides links to local lodging deals and other special deals.

"Los Alamos is a unique place to train," said Kelly Stewart, Economic/Marketing Specialist with Los Alamos County. "Our community supports and encourages athletes to test their physical strength here. The high altitude and rugged terrain deliver the challenge."

Offering some of the best training conditions in the country, athletes are also competing in events year round. The front page of the new website features a full schedule of events, from snow sports to orienteering to triathlons.

"Athletes are discovering Los Alamos," said Stewart. "Olympic swimmers and hopefuls from around the world come to train at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center which houses the highest elevation Olympic-sized pool in the nation."

Runners, including ultra-marathoners, that are taking advantage a myriad of trails in the Jemez Mountains and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (an 89,000 acre area inside a collapsed volcano crater). Additionally, new courses are being created for high-altitude events designed to attract competitors from around the nation."

On July 4th, runners are encouraged to enter the Independence Day Firecracker 5K race in Los Alamos.

"After competing we encourage athletes to stay and visit the area attractions including the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum, the County's historical walking tour and the ancestral pueblo dwellings at Bandelier National Monument," said Stewart. "In addition to world class sporting events, Los Alamos offers touring athletes -- and their families -- rich history and a variety of fun outings."

A full calendar of sporting events is available at Additionally athletes can find a complete list of restaurants and hotels at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Peter St. Cyr
    Griffin & Associates
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    (505) 319-3237