Capulin Volcano Run
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the race at 7:00 am?
The Capulin Volcano is a national monument and runners are
not allowed on the volcano road during visitor hours. The
park graciously closes for two hours for the race - all runners
must be off the mountain before 9:00 am.
Why is the race on Sunday?
Because we must hold the race early in the morning, we hold
it on Sunday to allow runners to travel to the Folsom area on
Saturday when many have the day off. In addition, family
events are often planned on Saturday night and all runners are
encouraged to attend (click here
for more info).
Will I die?
Yes, but probably not on this race. All of our entrants
survived the race and even finished. Our oldest runner was
72 years young.
Are there really bears on the volcano?
Sometimes, but they are not often seen. Remember - you
don't have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the
fellow next to you.
What if I can't make it down from the top?
Stop, drop, and roll. Or is that for fire? Ummm,
we'll get back to you on that one.
Who was that weird guy with the banjo by the third cattle
guard in the 2008 race?
That would be my uncle. Just be glad he can't chase you
down since he got that bum leg during the infamous cow tipping
incident of '68. Incidentally, he can't even play the
banjo - he's just copying an old movie he once saw.
A previous entrant to the race told me that it was a life
changing experience. Will it change my life too?