Come Run Taos!
Welcome to the 8th year of Bull of the Woods Trail Races in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico! In 2024, we are excited to host the half marathon and marathon distances and a new and exciting half marathon option! The trail marathon and new half marathon(1) distance will take you to Kachina Peak at 12,481ft then you will continue on to the half marathon(2) course where you will climb Fraser Peak at 12,168ft! You will span the entire Taos Ski Valley on this course, truly giving you some much deserved trail-cred! The half marathon(2) will follow the previous years, primarily tight single track course on Northside trail system, maximizing your trail-fun and big-trail-views. Keep reading 'Trail Beta' for more detailed course description.
The wellbeing of our guests, staff, and community is of the upmost importance. As we have since the onset of the pandemic, we will continue to use State health protocols as the foundation of our decision making when setting our COVID-Safe Practices. If you are not feeling well we ask you to not attend the race.
Bull of the Woods Trail Races are two separate half marathons and full marathon distance trail races that is designed to maximize your trail running experience on a primarily single track 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 2/marathon course) and 12,481 ft Kachina Peak(half marathon 1/marathon course). 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/half marathon 1 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, to the finish of the half marathon 1 course. For the full marathoners, you will then refuel at the base and cross over to the jaw-dropping scenery and pristine single track 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 single track 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!
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2017 Race video by AdventurePRO magazine, premier adventure publication in the Southwest:
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:
Want to Volunteer?
Half day & full day volunteer shifts available
Event's current local time: 6:44 PM MT
Needed: aid station hosts, registration table assistance, support crew, and more.
Volunteers will be coordinated by the Enchanted Circle Trails Association (ECTA)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or get more information, or message us via facebook https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedCircleTrailAssociation