Taos Turkey Trot 5k – November 22, 2014 in Taos, NM

Registration is open for this year’s Taos Turkey Trot 5k Road Race and Fun Run/Walk!

What’s new this year?

This year, you can register individually or as a team for either the timed 5k Road Race or the 5k Community Fun Run/Walk. We’ve split start times for the serious runners and the let’s-have-fun participants. The timed 5K Road Race will kick off at 9:30am with 5K Community Fun Run/Walk participants starting at 9:35.

We’ve also added a KidsK (3K – start time 10:45am). Every participant in the KidsK 3k will receive a special award for participating.

This year we have partnered with Twirl Toystore and Play Space to bring the Turkey Trot Crafts Area to our families from 9:00am to 11:30am. Sponsored and run by our favorite toy store, Twirl Toy Store and Play Space. Twirl’s team leaders will help crafters imagine and create awards for the youth runners in the KidsK! Kids can craft all morning and then run, or just do one or the other. The craft activity is FREE!

Congrats Turkey Trot Winners

2013 Third Annual Taos Turkey Trot Winners

Overall Female Winners
Barb Leonard 22:44
Hanna Kligman 23:00
Erika Oviedo 24:49
Overall Male Winners
Hernando Chavez 18:43
JC Santistevan 19:40
Eric Olson 20:43

Female 18 and Over
Barb Leonard 22:44
Hanna Kligman 23:00
Erika Oviedo 24:49
Male 18 and Over
Hernando Chavez 18:43
Eric Olson 20:43
Michael Gunther 20:52

Female 17 and Under
Cassandra Ruiz 25:46
Kaiya Jade 30:03
McKenna Sahd 38:10
Male 17 and Under
JC Santistevan 19:40
Rowan Kiney 27:02
Yoshi Suki 27:03

Complete results here.

Let’s Go – Cold Turkeys!

The Running Weatherman says it’s going to be a cold run on Saturday for the Third Annual Taos Turkey Trot. Maybe a little snow? Maybe a lot of snow? Maybe just snow in the mountains? I guess we won’t really know until Saturday. Dress properly for the weather and come out for a quick run to support “Get Fit Taos Kids” and the Taos Sports Alliance. We’ll be giving out prizes to the fastest turkeys and drawing bib numbers for many more prizes! Thank you to our sponsors. See you on Saturday!


Lets Go - Cold Turkey

Copyright Santa Fe New Mexican

Hug a Runner Day – Go Out and Share the Love

Hug a Runner Day

G.O. H.A.R.D. (Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day) is celebrated in Portland and we thought – why not Taos?! This could be the single best day of the year.

Every runner deserves a hug. A real hug. The kind of hug that says, “Even if I don’t understand why you do it, I appreciate and recognize your effort.”

Check out Run the Edge to see how they do it in Portland. Then find a runner and share the love!

Update: Join the Taos community on Thursday, November 21 to congratulate and celebrate the recent State victories for Taos High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Team.

4:00pm – meet at Kit Carson Park stage area
4:05pm – thank you to everyone involved
4:10pm – tigers huddle, everyone welcome
4:15pm – lap around Kit Carson Park with Taos Tigers
4:25pm – police escort, run to Taos Plaza
4:30pm – victory lap around Taos Plaza
4:35pm – honoring of champions by Mayor Cordova
4:40pm – closing prayer
4:45pm – snacks and hot chocolate

Above Photo: Taos High School Lucia Costanza, #436, Hannah Gunther, #437 and Cora Cannedy, #438 congratulate each other as they placed first as a team in their AAA category during the State Cross Country Championships at Rio Rancho High School on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican

Support your community in choosing a healthy lifestyle this Holiday season

Get Fit Taos KidsWhat is Get Fit Taos Kids?
– A comprehensive healthy eating and active living intervention program that provides education and treatment for obese children/youth and their families in Taos.
– Targets children 8 through 14 with high risk for health problems stemming from obesity
– A collaboration of pediatricians, nurse practitioners, fitness & swimming experts, nutritionist, diabetes counselors, Medicaid public health, Holy Cross Hospital, families and children in rural New Mexico
– The physical activity component of Get Fit Taos Kids is a six week, supervised exercise, swimming and nutritional training program that meets once a week after school

“The key to the success of this program is that we offer a variety of activities and formats to get kids excited about exercising,” said Aura Garver, co-founder of Get Fit Taos Kids and owner of Aura Fitness. “We ask kids who have completed the program to become mentors for the new kids, which serves to empower them and extends the time that they are active with us. Kids learn how important it is to make long term investment in their health now so they don’t have greater health issues as adults. This program teaches them to build a foundation of healthy lifelong habits.”

The Challenge
Childhood obesity is at an all time high – nearly quadrupling in 30 years. One-third of New Mexico’s five year olds were either overweight or obese in 2011.

What we see in clinics and patient rooms
High blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar in children in their first years of grade school

What we know
Healthy eating and physical activity are two lifestyle choices that help prevent obesity

Join us on Saturday, November 23 for this year’s Taos Turkey Trot…for fun, for movement, for physical activity, and to support your friends and neighbors in choosing a healthy lifestyle to help prevent obesity in our community.

Family Run

For the Love of Taos

A place that defines the meaning of giving.

This year’s Turkey Trot is no exception. Because of our wonderful, giving community this year’s Turkey Trot has an assortment of great prizes from small businesses in and around Taos. Please support them throughout the year because everything that goes around comes around!

Taos Ski Valley – four adult lift tickets for the 2013/2014 ski season
Cids Food Market – four $25 gift certificates for your thanksgiving turkey!
Gorge Bar and Grill – $50 gift certificate
Amizette Inn & Restaurant – breakfast for two
Taos Lifestyle – $40 gift certificate
Facials of Taos – one hour facial
Cooking Studio Taos – cooking class
Dreamcatcher B&B – one night stay for two
Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce – $50 cash prize for three winners
Good Sole – pair of athletic shoes from New Balance, running socks from Fits, running socks from Thorlo/Experia
Taos Mountain Outfitters – TMO logo stocking hat, TMO logo water bottle
AuraFitness – yoga punch card for 8 classes
The Bavarian Restaurant – lunch for two gift certificate
Choice Wireless – smartphone and 3 months of service
Taos Fiber Arts – hand made pair of black velvet wrist warmers with silver concho buttons
Los Rios River Runners – half day rafting adventure trip for two for the 2014 season

We would like to also thank our sponsors who helped make this event happen:

Choice Wireless
Taos Youth & Family Center
Holy Cross Hospital
Taos Clinic for Children & Youth
Studio Karina
Town of Taos
Coca Cola
Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce
Taos County Lodgers Association
Pete French / Coldwell Banker
Justin Lea, Attorney At Law
Taos News
Leslie Cronan
Aly Hyder
Karen Vargas

Taos Cross Country State Champs

Boys and Girls Taos Cross Country Team Are State Champs!

Taos Tigers by Rohm Padilla

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Taos Cross Country Team for winning the State Championship!

Reported from the Taos News

Taos High School dominated the state cross-country Saturday (Nov. 8) in Río Rancho.

Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers won team titles at the championship, and both teams easily out-distanced themselves from the state runners-up.

The Lady Tigers won with 44 points while second-place Sandia Prep finished with 82 points.

The Tigers won with 57 points. St. Mike’s finished second with 91 points.

“We came in knowing that if we gave everything we had we’d come away with (the state title),” Cade Cannedy said.

The Lady Tigers had four runners finish in the top-10 — Haley Rach (4th), Cora Cannedy (6th), Hannah Gunther (8th) and Lucia Costanza (9th). Taos’ fifth runner, and final point scorer, was Elizabeth Reyes finishing 17th, but Isabella Padilla (23rd) and Elicia Sánchez (35th) both finished high enough that they could have been Taos’ four and five runners and the team could have still won the title.

The Tigers’ story was similar. Three Tigers finished in the top-10 — Donevan Gravelle (3rd), Roy Madrid (4th) and Mateo Vigil (9th). Cade Cannedy finished 19th and Tristan Padilla placed 23rd — and all five of them had sub-18 minute times. JC Santistevan placed 44th and Theo Hummel finished 45th, meaning either of their scores could have been Taos’ fifth and the Tigers still would have won the state title.

“I feel lucky to run for this team,” Padilla said.

Read More at nm.MileSplit.com

Photos courtesy of Taos News and proud parent, Todd Gravelle.