Lucky 13!

Taos Ski Valley’s 2018 Up & Over Trail Run Is a Teenager

There’s nothing unfortunate about the 13th annual “Up & Over” 10K Trail Run (Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.) at Taos Ski Valley.
  In fact, we’re calling it “Lucky 13” as some lucky runners who registered themselves plus a buddy for this 2018 Trailrunner Trophy Series event have been entered to win tickets to the Flaming Lips at Meow Wolf’s Taos Vortex music festival or “TSV Bucks" to spend at Taos Ski Valley’s lodges, shops, and   dining establishments, Aug. 3 & 4. ("Buddy Sign-up" is open until noon on July 31, 2018.) 
  All 2018 trail runners will be winners of a sort in that they get to test legs, lungs, and stamina on a challenging route that offers some 2,610 feet in elevation gain plus enjoy the ski valley’s vibrant and colorful high-alpine flora, fauna, and panoramic Sangre de Cristo views. This year’s scenic loop starts and ends at The Children’s Center.

Misty Bruce, a Pennsylvania native who moved to Taos in 2001, registered early for her fourth Up & Over. An avid hiker on the trails in and around Taos Ski Valley, she and her husband only began running in 2012 after they found they needed more of a challenge.

“I like this race because it was a good attainable goal for me; I keep doing it to see if I can improve,” said Bruce. “My best finish was in 2017, 1:39:57, a 22-minute improvement from the previous year!”

Misty is not the only return runner aiming for a personal record.

“Last year we had just under 300 runners taking advantage of our views and cool mountain breezes—it’s just about the right number for camaraderie,” said Race Director and Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Courtney Tucker. “We welcome runners of all ages to get to know our scenic mountain as well as the array of places to stay, shop, eat and play in our pocket-sized European-style village nestled at the base of it.” 
Each runner will receive a collectible, handmade pottery medal from local, Arroyo Seco potter Scott Rutherford. The top three in each age group, and in male and female divisions, will also receive cash prizes, ski passes and outdoor-adventure apparel. There also will be an after-party at The Children’s Center featuring live music from local favorites Katy P. & The Business.

Registration is open online and costs $55 until Aug. 1. Late registration (Aug. 1-3) is $60. Race-day registration is $65 (which includes $5 for processing). As before, all registrants will receive a race t-shirt and goody bag. Participants can pick up their packets for this Trailrunner starting at 7 a.m. on the day of the race or 4–6 p.m., at the Taos Tent on Thunderbird Road, the day before (Aug. 3).

For more details, visit taosskivalley.com/trailrun or contact Race Director Courtney Tucker (512-569-8943, director@taosskivalley.com.)

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36° 35' 45.5352" N, 105° 27' 13.986" W
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