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Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 K
Kit Carson Park
Taos, New Mexico
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Run at 7,000ft. in beautiful Taos, New Mexico - the "Soul of the Southwest". The Land of Enchantment awaits you with clear blue skies, endless horizons, pure mountain air, low humidity and comfortable summer temperatures of the 7,000ft. mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Begun in 1982 by Jesse Castaņeda, the race which began as the "Marathon de Taos," attracts runners from all over the US who seek a quality event with a small race atmosphere. We promise fun, a great time, without the crowds of other marathons!

Event Start Location
Kit Carson Park - downtown Taos

Course Description
The race was originated by Jesse Castaņeda with the help of SunSports, in 1983. The first year's marathon champion was the late Wesley Smith of Gallup, NM with a time of 2hrs.30mn; 2nd place was Steve Worshawer of Albuquerque, NM and 3rd was Bruce Gomez of Taos Pueblo, NM. Participants have included Lionel Ortega, Eloy Sandoval, Gus Cardenas (Los Amigos), who have complete the marathon numerous times in 60+ age category; marathon great Tony Sandoval, mountain aces Senovio Torres and Jerry Martinez and women marathoners Carol Wildman, Janine Aiello and Anissa Dorschner, to name a few. Finishing times have varied from 2:34 to 5:20 for 26.2mi. and 1:10 to 2:30 for the 13.1mi.

Top 3 female and male finishers receive merchandise prizes. Certificates for top 3 in age groups.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Saturday, June 9 - 12noon to 6pm. Email us for packet pickup location. There is no race-day registration or packet pickup.

Temperature at 5am start averages 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. By 10am, temps can reach 70 to 80 with low humidity at 7,000 altitude.

Race starts and finished at Kit Carson Park, located in downtown Taos, NM.

The nearest major airport with flights into New Mexico is the Albuquerque International Airport, 135 miles south of Taos. From Albuquerque, car rentals are available with major agencies.

Limited parking in park lot. Municipal parking next to starting line.

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Clubs and Groups
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