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Sidelines - September 13

Posted 9/13/18

Foot race fundraiser: The Taos Tigers cross-country team will be hosting an "Open Citizens Race" at Kit Carson Park Saturday (Sept. 15). The 5K event is a prelude to the 34th annual Taos …

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Sidelines - September 13


Foot race fundraiser

The Taos Tigers cross-country team will be hosting an "Open Citizens Race" at Kit Carson Park Saturday (Sept. 15). The 5K event is a prelude to the 34th annual Taos Invitational (interscholastic) cross-country meet and will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Runners are encouraged to sign up the morning before the race and sign a waiver of liability. The entry fee is $20, and the course will follow the same route as the high school races. Proceeds from the run will be used to support the Taos Tigers and Lady Tigers cross-country teams. Participants are reminded to park in the Taos Community Auditorium parking lot as the rear section of Kit Carson Park will be closed off for the race. For more information, contact coach Bruce Gomez at

Bike Swap

The annual FITaos Bike Swap and Youth Nature Photo Exhibit will be held Sunday (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

Trail racing

Extreme trail running is returning to Taos Ski Valley. The third year of Bull of the Woods Trail Race is scheduled Saturday (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 with 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 in both the north side trails system of Taos Ski Valley and trails in the ski resort area. More information can be found at or Facebook @bullofthewoodsrun.

Taos Tiger tennis fun

The Taos Tigers boys and girls tennis teams will host a two-day fundraising tennis tournament for all interested adults who want 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.

Pan con Chile

Calling all duffers and par shooters. Come tee it up at the 12th annual Chile Challenge scramble golf tournament slated for Sept. 22 at Taos Country Club. The golf event will begin shotgun style at 9:30 a.m.

Festivities continue from 2-5 p.m. with a real chile challenge: a red and green chile cook-off from leading restaurants and chefs in Taos and surrounding environs. There will also be a “Battle of the Breweries,” offering a sampling of some of the finest beers in the Southwest. Also a silent auction will be held with over 100 items, including gift certificates from the area’s leading businesses, galleries, lodging and local eateries.

The public is invited to enjoy this fun-filled event at the Taos Country Club, and slots are still available for interested golfers. For more information, contact co-coordinator, Jim Yates at (575) 770-7470.

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

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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