17th Annual Up & Over Weekend
Spanning the first weekend of August, the Up & Over weekend challenges runners with a demanding 10K Trail Run course on Saturday, August 5th. On Sunday runners can take on a new event, the VerticAL’s VertK, sure to become a classic.
Saturday’s Up & Over 10K is notoriously challenging with many runners returning year-after-year to beat their PBs. There are many groups that run together; friends, co-workers, and whole families who want to take on the mountain. The course is a formidable and scenic 2,612’ climb from 9,321′ at the base, topping out at 11,819′. Expect amazing views of Kachina and Wheeler Peaks, followed by a technical descent through high alpine terrain.
New Mexico State Championship
This year, we’re excited to announce The Up & Over 10k Trail Run will serve as the USATF New Mexico 10k Trail Running State Championship for mountain running! USATF members can enter the competition in 7 different age groups for men and women, and awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age group.
New on Sunday is the VerticAL’s, a daunting vertical 1K up TAOS’s Al’s Run. In winter, Al’s is an intimidating long, steep black diamond ski run directly under Lift 1, carved with seemingly infinite measure of moguls. VerticAL’s participants will scramble up from the base to the finish at the top of Al’s – a grueling gain of 1,497’. Due to the demanding terrain, this event will be open to participants 16+ years old.
All events offer incredible views of the mountains while the Up & Over and VerticAL’s are sure to push runners to their limits. Participants can choose to run one, or both events for the ultimate Up & Over challenge – which we’re calling the “Double Trouble”!