Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon
On September 14, 2014, runners from around the Country and world will gather in Santa Fe for New Mexico’s premier half marathon. Global Running Culture, a non-profit organization, welcomes you to participate in the fourth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, a unique athletic and cultural event.
Starting at historic Fort Marcy, the point-to-point course follows the Old Taos Highway, finishing at the magnificent Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino within the Pueblo of Pojoaque. The 1,000 foot net downhill USATF-certified course (including 300 feet of uphill) features spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains while dropping into the colorful Rio Grande Valley. Inspired by live music along the course, runners will pass the Santa Fe Opera, the Village of Tesuque, Camel Rock, and through the Tesuque Pueblo on the way to Pojoaque along a route that our ancestors have run and walked for centuries.
For those desiring a shorter challenge, a 5K Run and a 1 Mile Fitness Walk will take place at Buffalo Thunder, timed so participants will complete their events and be able to welcome half marathoners to the finish line.
Running is an integral part of many cultures, including that of Native Americans, Tarahumara of Copper Canyon Mexico, and the people of Kenya, all of which are represented at our race. The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon is more than a race, however, it is also a celebration of our shared running culture.
On Saturday 9/13, the Global Running Festival will be held at Fort Marcy Park, featuring the third running of the Global Footprints Youth Relay. Three groups of runners from throughout northern New Mexico will achieve the most miles possible within the allotted time. The race expo, international arts & crafts, and world music will round out the festival and inspire the relay runners along the way.
The Festival continues Sunday at the finish line at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino! Finishers and spectators will enjoy free snacks at the Whole Foods Market tent, enjoy live music and performances by Native American Hoop Dancers and have the opportunity to watch world class runners go for course and State records!
Race proceeds benefit Global Running Culture’s programs dedicated to bettering the lives of our next generation through the power of sports, including Global Footprints – Project Kenya, Project Copper Canyon and Project New Mexico initiatives.
From a media release...