LOS ALAMOS, NM — May 15, 2012 —The healthiest county in the nation – Los Alamos, New Mexico – is living up to its reputation by offering several upcoming competitive outdoor summer events including the Pajarito Punishment Bike Race, 40th annual Tour de Los Alamos, and the Run the Caldera Marathon.

The spectator-friendly Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is a challenging, steep downhill mountain bike race through Pajarito Mountain and the ___National Forest. The course is above 9,000 ft, where the air is thinner and makes for a more challenging ride. A mandatory practice run begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then on Sunday, June 3, the race begins at 11 a.m. and continues to noon. An awards ceremony will follow the race at 12:30 p.m.

Participants will be divided into categories based on gender, age, and aptitude. Entry fees differ accordingly, but range from $35 to $75 per person. The entire mountain will be open to spectators on both June 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket prices for non racers is $25 for a full day pass. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and can be completed online by visiting nmmtb.org.

Then on June 17 the 40th annual Tour de Los Alamos  will gear up on June 17 beginning at 8 a.m. Tour de Los Alamos is the oldest bicycle race in the Southwest, and is presented by the Roadrunners Cycling Club and New Mexico Cycling. The race starts at Trinity Drive and 20th Street in Los Alamos. An awards ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Entry fees are $25 in advance, or $45 on race day. Racers 18 years and younger are free. The first 150 participants receive a free t-shirt.  Online registration opens on Thursday, May 17. To register or for more information, visit tourdelosalamos.org.

For those who prefer a challenge on foot versus bicycle, the 7th annual Run the Caldera – 10K at the Valles Caldera National Preserve will have another good run this year beginning on Saturday, June 9 with a 10K and continuing on Sunday, June 10 with both a full and half marathon.

The 10K marathon commences at 9 a.m and provides a chance for runners to trek a portion of the Preserve at over 8,000 feet elevation, ordinarily off-limits. Registration for the 10K ends May 22. Runners will be issued a t-shirt and all finishers will be given a prize. The top three male and female finishers will receive an award.

The next day on June 10, Run the Caldera will continue with half and full marathons starting at 7:30 a.m. for the full marathon and 8:30 a.m. for the half marathon. Runners will start and end at the Banco Bonito staging area on highway 4, and experience a 2,100 feet elevation change in the process. Registration ends on May 22. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted once reservation is made. To register or for more information, visit vallescaldera.gov.

With summer temperatures in Los Alamos rarely exceeding 80 degrees, the County has more than 70 official trails, 50 of which have been documented in a guide called 50 Hikes in the Los Alamos Area. The guide is available at the Los Alamos Chamber or can be downloaded for free at http://www.losalamosnm.us/parks/trails/Documents/50%20Hikes%20in%20Los%20Alamos%202012.pdf.

For more information on Los Alamos and upcoming events, visit www.fyila.com.