Come Run Taos!
Welcome to the 5th year of Bull-of-the-Woods Trail Race in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico! In 2020, we are stoked to host the 1/2 Marathon and Marathon distances. The Trail Marathon distance will take you to Kachina Peak 12,481ft, before climbing to the half-marathon Fraser Peak 12,168ft! You will span the entire Taos Ski Valley on this course, truly giving you some much deserved trail-cred! The Half Marathon will follow the previous years, primarily tight singletrack course on Northside-trail system, maximizing your trail-fun and big-trail-views. Keep reading 'Trail Beta' for more detailed course description.
Bull of the Woods Trail run is a half marathon, and full marathon distance trail race that is designed to maximize your trail running experience on a primarily singletrack course through alpine forests, meadows, and overlooks that will bring out your inner joy and keep you smiling all the way home. This is high-country mountain running at its best, starting at about 10,000 ft with ascents to 12,163 ft Fraser Peak (half marathon/marathon course) on the Northside Trails - a private recreational system. Your senses will be on overdrive as you take in views of the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, La-Cal Basin, Lobo Peak, Gold Hill and the Queen herself Wheeler Peak.
For the Kachina Peak Marathon course, a 'sky'-style high-alpine course, you will start on the incredible Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort to climb, at times 'hands-on-knees' to the spectacular 12,481 ft Kachina Peak! Here, take a minute to gaze the entire Wheeler Peak Wilderness "Cirque" encompassing 7 peaks over 12,000+ ft. Your fun will be maxed out with over 7,000 feet of climbing - and what goes up, must come down! Start your rowdy ridge descent down Highline and West-Basin Ridges, made popular during the winter season. You will then refuel at the base and cross over to the Jaw-dropping scenery and pristine singletrack of Northside Trails System. Here, make your way to Fraser Peak 12,163 ft and gaze across the valley to where you once were - Kachina Peak ! From here, it's all fast descending, winding, secluded singletrack and maximum fun to the finish. At the finish, you'll have the satisfaction of having enjoyed the best trails and views of Northern New Mexico, now the after-party begins with TSV Oktoberfest happening just a few feet away!
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2017 Race video by AdventurePRO magazine, premier adventure publication in the Southwest:
Local time: 6:56 AM
Trail Runner Magazine article:
Check out the Inaugural year 2016 race write up in Mountain Magazine-Online
also, Taos voted Top 8 Adventure towns by Outside Magazine: