Sidelines – August 30

Posted 8/30/18

Bike Swap: The annual FITaos Bike Swap and Youth Nature Photo Exhibit is on tap for Sept. 16 at the Field Institute of Taos Base Camp in El Prado (9D. Ben Romero Road - former Waldorf property). …

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Sidelines – August 30


Bike Swap

The annual FITaos Bike Swap and Youth Nature Photo Exhibit is on tap for Sept. 16 at the Field Institute of Taos Base Camp in El Prado (9D. Ben Romero Road - former Waldorf property). The event will showcase nature photos taken by children 5 and up during summer mountain camps. Over 200 framed nature photos captured through the eyes of youth will be on display and for sale to raise funds for scholarships. For more information, go to and email

Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities, Sunday, Oct. 14. The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all level of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and miniature courses for kids. There will be free burgers and live music. Register for free online and get all the details at

Final Fly-fishing lesson

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering the final casting instruction class this Saturday, 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.

This last gathering of the summer season will take place 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 should 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 nixed

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 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 in Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort. More information can be found at or Facebook @bullofthewoodsrun.

Taos Tiger tennis fun

The Taos Tigers boys and girls tennis teams will be hosting a two-day fundraising tennis tournament for all interested adults wanting to compete in one more event before the winter Sept. 22-23. This is a round-robin format that will offer players the chance to play against many different opponents.

The cost is $35 per person for each tourney and $60 for any player who enters their respective division and mixed doubles. Space is available for all divisions. The tournament will be held at Quail Ridge Taos. Prizes and lunch await entrants. For more information, contact coach Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 776-3447.

Tighten up!

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense and fitness classes at its new gym location. Fun for all ages and all levels, students can sharpen their minds while getting physically fit.

Defendu offers affordably priced kickboxing, jiu jitsu, wing chun, ashtanga vinyasa yoga and a specialized after-school program for kids. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20. Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos. For more information, visit or call (575) 758-7991.



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