From Pueblo Indian trails to El Camino Real to the Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe has been a sought after destination for centuries. Global Running Culture, a non-profit organization, is proud to present the third running of the Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon, a unique athletic and cultural event.
We invite you to run with us from the heart of historic Santa Fe to the magnificent Buffalo Thunder Casino down the Old Taos Highway. The 1,000 foot net downhill USATF-certified course provides spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains while dropping into the colorful Rio Grande Valley. You will run past the Santa Fe Opera, Camel Rock and through the Tesuque Pueblo on your way to Pojoaque along a route that our ancestors have run and walked for centuries.
For those desiring a shorter challenge, a 5K (3.1 mile) road run and 1K (1.6k) 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, the Tarahumara of Copper Canyon, Mexico, and the people of Kenya, all of which are represented at our race. The Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon is more than a race, however, it is also a celebration of our shared running culture.
On Saturday, the Global Running festival will be held at Fort Marcy Park, featuring the second running of the free 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 cuisine and crafts and world music will round out the festival and inspire the relay runners to do their best.
Race proceeds benefit Global Running Culture's programs dedicated to improving the lives of our next generation through the power of sport, including the Global Footprints - Project Kenya initiative, the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center Indoor Soccer Camp and the Global Footprints - Project Copper Canyon initiative.