2019 Bull of the Woods Trail Race Updates
RACE DATE: Saturday September 14, 2019
START TIMES: MARATHON 7AM HALF MARATHON: 9AM
Packet Pickup Friday Sept.13, 3-8pm
Taos Mountain Outfitters (plaza)
or race morning at START
*********Racer Information Updates - Please Scroll down for more updates*********
****SEVEN THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!****
1. WE ARE CUPLESS IN 2019, please bring your own bottle, pack, or vessel for aid stations
2. WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE AND COOLER, Forecast for race day will be in the 30-40's at start and 50's at finish. Please be prepared with at minimum a windbreaker jacket and extra layer to have at the race venue for during the race and/or after you are finished. We will have a drop area there to leave your bag, please label it.
3. PACKET PICKUP : FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH at TAOS MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS on Taos Plaza from 3-8 PM. If you cannot make it Friday, you can pickup packet Race Day Saturday 14th, plan to show 1.5-2 hour before race start to not rush and allow us to start the races on-time.
*2018 Leadville Champion Katie Arnold sign/selling her bestseller 'Running Home' from 5-6PM.
4. YOU MUST CHECK-IN ON RACE DAY EVEN IF YOU HAVE PICKED UP YOUR PACKET ON FRIDAY.
5.YOU MUST RIDE THE SHUTTLE TO THE START from the TSV Skier Parking Lot. It is a free shuttle that will take you and family to the start (10 mins). Please arrive 60 mins prior to Marathon and 90-120 mins prior to Half Marathon to ensure you have plenty of time to be ready to run this epic course! THERE IS LIMITED/NO PARKING AT RACE START and you may be ticketed or towed if you park on the road. Please make your way to TSV Ski Resort Parking and follow signs and attendants to direct you to the shuttle at Twining Road. It takes about 30-40 minutes from center of town to arrive at the parking TSV .
6. FAMILY is encouraged to witness your spectacular start/finish. While they wait for your triumphant return, they can hike to Williams Lake (2 hr roundtrip), ride the Scenic Chairlift #4, hike to Wheeler Peak (13,159' - approx 4-5 hr RT), or enjoy TSV Oktoberfest party 11AM-5PM.
7. CUTOFF TIMES: For Marathoners, 12PM cutoff at LIFT 7 (10mile) and
ALL RACERS cutoff at 4PM at TOP of WORLD Aid Station
September 10th, 2019: We are capped! Thank you everyone for helping to make this the best year yet! The course is running great, and flagging is going up!
Weather is looking good with start temps in the 30-40 range--
Please be sure to keep these key phrases in mind:
1. packet pickup friday Taos Mtn Outfitters
3. drop bags for marathoners and everyone at start
4. long sleeve/windbreaker--always windy and cold on Kachina and Fraser
5. cutoff times
8. keep moving
September 8th, 2019: What an overwhelming signup this year! Thank you!
It truly speaks to the incredible course you will experience with maxed-out treed singletrack, high-alpine climbs and descents with crazy panoramic views! Since we are close to 300 runners, please remember that packet pickup Friday will be less-stressful at Taos Mountain Outfitters 3-8 pm versus race morning.
We will have swag to give away which is first-come first-serve, check-out the course map, ask any questions, shop at TMO with an extra 15% off an item in store, they will have soft-flasks and running gear if you need last minute stuff--DONT FORGET WE ARE A CUPLESS RACE!
Or chat with Katie Arnold/Leadville champion 2018, and buy her incredibly well-written book 'Running Home'!
*keep reading below for other goings-on in Taos that weekend--super fun!
September 7th, 2019: We are getting super-psyched that in 1 week, we can open this amazing course to the masses! It's going to be a great weekend in Taos, so hopefully you can spend more than race-day to enjoy the events below:
Packet pickup Taos Mountain Outfitters on the Plaza 3-8pm. With 2018 Leadville Champion Katie Arnold from 5-6pm selling/signing her best-seller 'Running Home'. TMO will offer 15% off one-item in store all race weekend. Be sure to check on parking lots free and paid in the link below for PASEO-TAOS INSTALLATION ARTS FESTIVAL
PASEO -TAOS INSTALLATION ARTS STREET FESTIVAL: Such a cool free event with large/small scale installation art pieces in/around Taos Plaza , downtown and Kit Carson Park. Click on this link HERE to check out their website, description of displays and PARKING (P).
Saturday 14th (RACE DAY)
****REMEMBER TO RIDE THE SHUTTLE FROM TSV PARKING LOT to START (15 min). We will have THREE shuttles starting at 530am for Marathoners. Half Marathoners please board starting around 7am if you still need your packet or 730-8am if you have your bib already.
****You must still 'check-in' that you are on course on Race morning.
****Please bring a bag with your name on it for your finisher's prize, warm change of clothes, and at minimum a windbreaker incase weather dictates
****There will be an area for your personal belongings, and also a separate area for marathoner's DROP BAGS Lift 7 Aid station (mile 11).
****If you are picking up your packet, please arrive from 1.5-2hours prior to your start of race so we can stay on time!
****BRING YOUR OWN CUP/BOTTLE/VESSEL FOR AID STATION REFILLS !
****RACERS WILL RECEIVE A TOKEN THAT WILL GET YOU A FOOD ITEM (OR 18oz BEER) at TSV OKTOBERFEST, but definitely bring extra cash/card for Oktoberfest fare and celebrate with your friends/family.
****WE WILL HAVE VENDOR TENTS: NATIVES OUTDOORS, TAOS-SOUL, PIT-VIPER SUNGLASSES, A POST-RACE FREE MASSAGE TENT, ENCHANTED CIRCLE TRAILS ASSOCIATION, AND A LIMITED SNACK TENT TO AUGMENT YOUR OKTOBERFEST FOOD.
****HIKE TO WILLIAMS LAKE AND WHEELER PEAK STARTS FROM THE START/FINISH AREA!
****SCENIC CHAIR 4 LIFT RIDES TO THE BASE OF KACHINA PEAK from
10AM -4PM racers will receive a discount with your bib or wristband
****PASEO -TAOS second night in the town of Taos (see link above)
Sunday 15th (recovery day)
***Bask in your accomplishment of an incredible high alpine race well done! Stay in Taos Ski Valley to check out the Fall Colors and continue to enjoy the below activities!
****RACERS WILL HAVE RECIEVED A TOKEN THAT WILL GET YOU A FOOD ITEM (OR 18oz BEER) at TSV OKTOBERFEST day#2, but definitely bring extra cash/card for Oktoberfest fare and celebrate with your friends/family.
****HIKE TO WILLIAMS LAKE AND WHEELER PEAK STARTS FROM THE START/FINISH AREA!
****SCENIC CHAIR 4 LIFT RIDES TO THE BASE OF KACHINA PEAK from 10AM -4PM racers will receive a discount with your bib or wristband
August 29,2019: 15 days to go! you ready for fun? Reminder packet pickup is at Taos Mountain Outfitters on the plaza on Friday Sept 13th from 3-8pm. We got tons of awesome fun stuff to give to you, first come first serve, so get here, get free stuff and chat about how much fun you are going to have on this amazing course! BONUS !!! We will have Santa Fean -Katie Arnold, Leadville 100 Champion, here from 5-6pm selling and signing her incredible book 'Running Home' !
Also, if you are still looking for lodging, The Blake Hotel at TSV is offering a great deal for all runners that weekend, so click on more/lodging tab and link on over to stay in their incredible luxury hotel. They are just feet away from the AM Shuttle pickup, and if you call them after your race is done, they'll pick you up at the finish!!!
August 19, 2019:
LODGING DEALS: Head on over to 'More>Lodging' tab for link to more hotels/condos offering deals in Taos Ski Valley Village and Taos race weekend!
Since the start/finish this year is at the Bavarian Restaurant/Lift 4 area at 10,000 feet, ALL RACERS MUST RIDE THE FREE SHUTTLE TO THE START. It is a 10 minute ride, and we will have plush luxury shuttles to bring you and your family to the start. There will be no parking available at the starting area, and you may be ticketed or towed if you leave your car parked on the road up there. Best to arrive to the Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort Parking Lot an hour before your race start, and leisurely check-in for packet pickup or mandatory course check-in. We are encouraging everyone to show to packet pickup Friday 13th at Taos Mountain Outfitters on the plaza from 3-8pm, so your race morning is casual, and so we can get started on time. There will be an area at start/finish for your belongings, do not leave any valuables in your car. Shuttles will pickup at the top of skier parking-there will be signs and people to direct you. Again, do not attempt to drive to start, this likely will force you to be late to the race start, there will not be parking up there.
August 9th, 2019: Packet pickup will be at Taos Moutain Outfitters on Taos Plaza on Friday September 13th from 3-8pm. We will have lots of swag to give away, course maps, and happy to chat with you about what will be an amazing experience on course. Also Friday night is PASEO-TAOS Street Art Festival in and around the plaza, so plan to enjoy that. If you cannot make it Friday, you can packet pickup on Race Day Saturday 14th, but plan to show up 1 HOUR BEFORE your start so you are not rushed and we start on time. *if you havent already, check out lodging deals at The Blake off the travel/lodging tab and likely next week will have more deals for other hotels in TSV.
July 31st, 2019: Just updated hotel discount at The Blake Hotel at Taos Ski Valley for all racers and option to include discounted 32 oz. Oktoberfest beer steins!
Click on <More> tab in the menu, then <Lodging> to check it out. Tell your friends, this race is the place to be this Fall for an awesome, beautiful, challenging course, incredible weekend, and post-race party! Check out <Race Weekend> tab in menu for info.
July 28th, 2019: 47 days left, and just a few slots left before the raffle closes for the sweet SUUNTO BARO-9 GPS watch! Click on Aid Station Tab for list of locations, and compare to the Half Marathon Map/Elevation profile Tab. Full Marathon Map/Elevation map is being finalized within the week, but the Half Marathon is essentially the 2nd half of Kachina Peak Marathon. Vibe is building, hope you are getting out and getting dirty!
June 29th, 2019: Registration is heating up, and thanks to our sponsor Suunto, we are offering a raffle of a SUUNTO BARO-9 GPS watch, raffled off to one of the first 150 registered! So, if you've been waiting and seeing how your training is going before signing up, now is the time--maybe you will win an awesome GPS watch ($600 value).
Also, keep in mind that WE ARE A CUPLESS RACE, meaning you need to bring your own vessel for aid stations (camelback, water bottle, soft flask, baggie) - this is our attempt to reduce our impact on the Earth. We will also recycle all the energy-gu packets from the race that we have at aid stations! Race hard and responsibly!
May 18th, 2019: Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have had to make some changes to all race distances for 2019. The 10-mile course was most affected, bringing it to a significantly longer distance. As a result, we have made the decision to cancel the 10-mile race option - we are still offering the incredibly scenic Half Marathon and Full Kachina Peak Marathon with just some minor changes. Rest assured, there are still plenty of jaw-dropping views, excellent sweet buttery singletrack, and interesting course-terrain to enjoy - so you will still have an awesome time!!!