Sidelines - August 16-22

Posted 8/16/18

Tartan Tourney: El Valle Escondido Golf Course is hosting the annual Tartan Tourney Saturday (Aug. 18). This is a nine-hole, four-person scramble (best ball) tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun …

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Sidelines - August 16-22


Tartan Tourney

El Valle Escondido Golf Course is hosting the annual Tartan Tourney Saturday (Aug. 18). This is a nine-hole, four-person scramble (best ball) tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Two divisions will be formed:  open and mixed. The mixed division must include at least two women on each team. No flighting or handicaps will be used; however, prizes will be given to the first and second places in both divisions. 

 Wearing kilts is encouraged (at least something plaid!), and the public is welcome to attend and play. Cost to enter the tournament is $25 plus applicable greens fees. Lunch will be available at the Valle Escondido clubhouse.

High school biking

The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its fourth season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain bikes. This team is open to anyone who rides bikes, enjoys being outside and is in high school in Northern New Mexico.

Practices take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as group rides Sundays. The team competes in the Colorado league with five regular-season races during the fall season. Athletes are encouraged to join this inclusive team that promotes camaraderie and fun while developing bike handling skills, healthy competitiveness, fitness and, most important, a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information, go to and email

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday until Sept. 1. Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons take place every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet on the patio behind Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge. Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

Fall softball league

The Fall softball league has been cancelled due to construction scheduled at Filemon Sanchez softball fields. For more information about this year's cancellation or for future softball opportunities, contact Dean Silva at (575) 613-6131.

Trail racing

Extreme trail running is returning to Taos Ski Valley. The third year of Bull of the Woods Trail Race is scheduled to take place Sept. 15 and will include the inaugural “ Kachina Peak Marathon.”

Racers will experience a primarily single-track course through high alpine forests, meadows, peaks, ridge lines and overlooks of big views of the highest peaks in New Mexico. This year's event will include a 10-mile, half marathon and full marathon climb.

All net proceeds will be donated to Enchanted Circle Trails Association, which works to maintain trails in the national forests of Northern New Mexico, public lands and within the town of Taos.

Races are slated to begin at 7 a.m. for the marathon and 10 a.m. for the 10-milers and half-marathoners and will incorporated trails at both the northside trails system at the Taos Ski Valley and Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort.

More information can be found at or Facebook @bullofthewoodsrun.


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