TAOS — Now in its 10th year, the Up and Over 10K Run in the Taos Ski Valley will hit the ground running with a challenging 6.2 mile trail run on Aug. 1.
And, to celebrate trail running, there will be a presentation of nine inspirational films at the “Trails in Motion Film Festival,” July 31.
Runners will have amazing views of both Kachina and Wheeler Peaks at the 10K trail run. The trail run starts at 9,207 feet with more than a 2,600-foot elevation gain in the first three miles.
Because of the steep grade changes and elevation, the race is considered to be a great way for runners to test their endurance. The race takes place from 8 a.m. to noon. on Aug. 1.
Awards will be given following the race to the top three competitors in each age group, and in male and female divisions. The awards after party will include live music and scenic chairlift rides.
Runners will have the option to take a “locals day” at Taos Cooking Studios, take a horseback ride up by Kachina Peak, llama trek in the Columbine or float along the Rio Grande River.
Pre-registration is $55 per person and includes t-shirt and goody bag. Day-of registration is $60 per person. Pre-registration is available oline here
, and can also be completed by mail via a downloadable form online. Mail forms and checks to: Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce PO Box 91 Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.
The films being shown as part of the “Trails in Motion Film Festival” on July 31 will focus on the sport of trail running and will be shown at Taos Mesa Brewery. The short films, ranging between three and 56 minutes, will be shown between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The film, “Finding Traction,” follows a runner from start to finish on her journey to be the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest and longest hiking trail―273 miles long―in four days. Other films such as “Why We Run” and “For the Love” offer an emotional look at what lies at the core of the need to run, and the idea that people can learn life lessons along the way.
Additional films include: “An Idea,” “Just Keep Running,” “Around Patagonia,” “From the Trails,” “Before He Wakes” and “La Triple Corona.”
For more information about the Trails in Motion Film Festival, visit trailsinmotion.com/films-on-
The film festival is $10 for adults, $5 for children. The film festival is free to all runners participating in the Up and Over 10K race. Taos Mesa Brewery is also the location where runners are to register and pick up packets, between 3 and 5 p.m.
Taos Mesa Brewery features 12 handcrafted house beers and a full dinner menu. The brewery is located four miles west of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, at 20 ABC Mesa Rd. in El Prado.
For more information about the two-day event, visit taosskivalley.com/trailrun/ or call 800.517.9816.