Run up and over an 11,819-foot mountain? Of course, you can do it (pant, pant)


Red River High Mountain Half-Marathon

The half-marathon and 5K race are just around the corner on Aug. 3. If you aren't ready to tackle the 13.1 mile race that starts at 8,750 feet and climbs to more than 9,400 feet, try the 5K instead. Registration includes Technical T-shirt for the first 150 entries and custom medals for all half-marathon finishers, plus awards by age group and for overall. To register, go to and type in Red River High Mountain.

Billiards time

Get your cue ready for the 20th annual Ronald C. Romero Memorial billiards tournament scheduled Aug. 3 at the Don Carlos Lounge, 620 Paseo del Cañon. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the event is limited to 32 players.

Taos Ski Valley hosts the Up and Over 10K

Trail race takes place on Aug. 3. Run up and over an 11,819-foot mountain? Of course, you can do it. For more information or to register, go to

Few spots remaining in Senior Baseball League

The new Senior Baseball League in Taos is filling up, with only a few more open spots. There are currently weekly practices with pickup games soon to come once the final few spots are filled. Everyone over 55 is welcome, running is optional and mad slides into home are not required, as injury-free baseball is a primary concern.

The league is free and meets on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Taos High School baseball field. According to Mark Pritchard, league organizer, "It's beautiful out there on the field at that time of day, and it's a real pleasure to play with with newly unretired baseball players of similar age and skill level. I'm not sure how any old-time baseball player can resist a weekly pickup game - where you don't have to prove yourself or get injured trying. Come check it out, We're having fun and we invite you to join us."

Email Mark Pritchard at to reserve one of the remaining openings in the league. "This could be our last dance on the field of dreams before we're all put out to pasture," Pritchard said.

OHV training

New Mexico law requires anyone under the age of 18 to get a safety permit before riding an off-highway vehicle on public lands. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offers both in-person and online safety courses for free. Online training is also available that provides the required safety permit after completion (see Safety and Training: Online Training tab). Students who take the course must use a properly registered OHV and have safety equipment. The department offers free hands-on ATV and dirt bike training. A limited number of program ATVs and dirt bikes are available for students who don't have one.

Valle Open Golf Tournament

The upcoming 2019 Valle Open Tournament will be held on Saturday (July 27) at Valle Escondido Golf Course, Taos. It will be an "individual flighted competition" tournament with a men's division and a women's division. There will be staggered tee times and each foursome will start on hole number 1. The entry fee for tournament is $35. Two mulligans can be purchased for $10. Entry fees do not include green fees. The public is welcome to play in all tournaments at Valle Escondido, and all tournaments begin at 9 a.m. The remaining tournaments for this year: the Tartan Tourney on Aug. 17 and the Labor Day Tournament on Aug. 31.

The Valle Open Tournament helps support the Río Fernando Fire Department, has a $20,000 hole-in-one contest, a closest-to-the-pin prize and a longest-drive prize. For more information, visit

Earn money for favorite nonprofits

Want to earn money for local organizations and support their work in Taos? Join the #expLOReTaos GeoTour, now through Sept. 10. For more information, contact

Teacher Pass at Angel Fire Resort

Until Sept. 6. the pass is offered at a special introductory price of $99. The regular price for the Teacher Pass is $199. Angel Fire Resort's winter season spans Dec. 13, 2019 to March 22, 2020 with no blackout dates. For more information and to purchase the Teacher Pass, visit


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