Spaceport America to host 200-mile relay run

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UPHAM, N.M. (AP) – Spaceport America will mark the finish for a two-day, 200-mile relay that will stretch from El Paso, Texas into southern New Mexico.

The race will begin April 8. Paying teams of runners will travel north along the Rio Grande, passing historic farming villages on the way to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

From there, they’ll head east toward Ted Turner’s Armendaris Ranch and then to the spaceport.

Organizers say the second to the last leg will be a half-marathon beginning in Engle. The final leg will take runners down Spaceport America Boulevard and onto the runway before finishing in front of the futuristic hangar.

Spaceport America CEO Daniel Hicks says it’s a one-of-a-kind finish line and the relay is designed to appeal to everyone from amateurs to seasoned athletes.

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