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Sidelines – October 4

Posted 10/4/18

'Wintervention' – It’s almost time for "Wintervention Ski Swap" 2017. Taos’ annual ski swap at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, will take place Friday and …

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Community sports

Sidelines – October 4



It’s almost time for "Wintervention Ski Swap" 2017. Taos’ annual ski swap at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, will take place Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5-6). Gear can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., followed by the "Early Bird Sale" from 5-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 5).

The swap will occur from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Saturday (Oct. 6). Admission is free for both days (donation upon purchase of gear). There will be live music and giveaways.

"Wintervention" is sponsored by Taos Ski Valley, KTAOS Solar Center and Solar Radio and Taos Winter Sports Team.  For more information, visit

Pick yer Poison

The Second Annual Pick Your Poison 5k and 10k trail runs on the Little and Big Arsenic loops within the Río Grande National Monument Wild Rivers is slated for Sunday, Oct. 6. New this year is a team race that will combine overall race times of teams consisting of two men and two women.

Rugged gravel paths wind down into the spectacular Río Grande Gorge, past gorgeous ponderosa pine groves and natural fresh-water springs. Runners will pass ancient petroglyphs and sprint along the wild Río Grande in an intimate way offered nowhere else.

The run ends with an outrageous climb 800 feet back up to the mesa, at points using both a staircase and a ladder, to ensure a truly unique race experience.

In conjunction with the race, there will be a spaghetti dinner at El Monte Carlo Lounge in Questa, Saturday (Oct. 6). Cost is $10 per person and will benefit the Questa High School Drama Club. The dinner will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and participants can also pick up their registration packet during the pre-race event.

Cost to enter the 5k race is $35 (preregistration: Sept. 1-Oct. 5) and $50 on race day. Registration fees for the 10k race is $45 preregistration and $60 on race day. All participants will receive the 2018 Pick Your Poison jersey and swag bag.

Overall and age class winners will receive Pick Your Poison medals and prizes. For more information, visit or contact Kimber MacDonald via phone at (575) 770-2727, or via e-mail at

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

Rock climbing workshop

The second of a two-part workshop series on rock climbing in the Carson National Forest is slated for Thursday (Oct. 11). This workshop will focus on climbing within the west zone (Tres Piedras, El Rito, and Canjilon Ranger Districts) of the Carson National Forest. The first workshop focused on the east side of the forest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the National Forest Foundation, a Forest Service partner. The aim of the workshops is to build an understanding of regulations and land use ethics and opportunities related to rock climbing in the Carson National Forest and to create a respectful dialogue among our community members of recreationists, outfitters and local residents. Success will result in strategies to find sustainable solutions related to rock climbing and access across the Carson National Forest.

The workshop will take place at the Mesa Vista Consolidated School campus in the auditorium in Ojo Caliente from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The campus is off State Road 111, approximately 1 mile northwest of the US 285 and State Road111 junction. Please RSVP with Ben Irey, National Forest Foundation via e-mail at, or by phone at (406) 546-3329. Registrations are also taken at  Anyone interested in attending is welcome to show up the day of the workshop without prior registration.


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