albuquerque, New mexico
October 19, 2014
The Duke City Marathon is the oldest marathon in the state of New Mexico. The course enters the Huning Castle neighborhood at the west end of Kit Carson Park and moves west down Kit Carson Avenue to Laguna Boulevard.
The marathon route then goes north on Laguna to Central Avenue (Route 66) where the route moves east as it follows Central to Third Street downtown. At Third Street the route turns left (to the north) and the Finish Line next to the Albuquerque Civic Plaza. A map for the 31st annual Duke City Marathon can be found by clicking here.
Both the 10k Run Course and Walk Course go through the Huning Castle neighborhood. The Albuquerque Country Club property begins at Kit Carson Avenue where Kit Carson meets the southwestern end of Laguna Boulevard. The marathon route makes a right turn from Kit Carson onto Laguna at this point. Passing Escalante on the right, the marathon follows to the right of the Oval in front of the main country club building.
Laguna Boulevard in the Huning Castle neighborhood is a wide thoroughfare originally connecting Central Avenue to the MRGCD lake at Tingley Beach. The lakes at Tingley are no longer used for swimming, but Laguna remains as a beautiful tree-lined street with a grass landscaped median strip that keeps opposing cars a civilized distance apart. On marathon Sunday no cars are allowed on Laguna during the Duke City Marathon.
At 16th Street and Laguna is the “first house” in the Huning Castle neighborhood, the Hebenstreit House. It is now owned by Sheila Garcia, of Albuquerque auto dealerships fame. The Duke City Marathon passes this late 1920’s “model home” as the course approaches Central.
Before Central Avenue in Albuquerque ever became known as “Route 66” it was named Railroad Avenue. Later, streetcars plied this throughfare and connected the new Santa Fe Railroad “town” of Albuquerque with the “Old Town” of Alburquerque. Halfway between the two community (city) centers the Huning Castle Addition Company offered ‘lots’ of raw land. At the entrance to this new (in 1928) neighborhood volunteers of the Duke City Marathon offer Gatorade and bottled water to the runners and walkers partaking in the marathon run on this beautiful fall day.
At the corner of 14th Street and Central, on the south side of Central, is a ABQ Ride Albuquerque bus stop. It is one of four bus stops (all on Central) that serve the Huning Castle neighborhood. For eight (8) hours on marathon Sunday the Central Avenue buses do not run, as this informative sign might tell you, or anyone else that has a need to know.
location, location, location
It is 1,600 feet (.3 mile) from 1514 Silver SW to Kit Carson Park. It is 1,400 feet (1/4 mile) from 1514 Silver SW to the Albuquerque Country Club Oval. It is 1.2 miles (1,850 meters) “door to door” from 1514 Silver SW to the Start Line / Finish Line of the Duke City Marathon.
Domain & Attribution:
You may click on any of the above photographs to see an enlarged version. All photographs in this post are by Donald Clayton, and are donated to the public domain provided that attribution credit is given and a link to this web page is made.
Two main traffic arteries between Downtown and points west, Central Avenue and Tingley Drive, are CLOSED during the Duke City Marathon. Laguna Boulevard (which essentially connects these two arteries) is also CLOSED. Traffic EAST of Laguna and WEST of Third Street (Downtown) must go east to Second Street in order to reach destinations elsewhere in Albuquerque during the eight hours of the Duke City Marathon.
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