Post Race 2017 & a SUPER Offer

Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel Half Marathon 1:12:27

Thanks to all who made the 7th running of Santa Fe Thunder possible! On a cool and sunny late summer morning, over 1,100 runners from 35 states and 6 countries gathered for a mobile Fiesta down the Old Taos Highway finishing at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Boniface Kongin, from Kenya and Albuquerque, won the Half Marathon with a blazing time of 1:03:11, out kicking 4 competitors over the final mile. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbelm, from Ethiopia and Albuquerque, bested her second place finish in 2015 to capture first place in the Women’s Division in 1:12:27. 18 year old Randy Gachupin, from Jemez Pueblo, won the Lightning 5K in 21:25 and Jaima Chevalier, from Santa Fe, won the Lightning 5K Women’s division in 21:33, just 6 seconds back from Randy. Race results are available online and as Global Running Culture’s parting gift, check out the free high resolution downloadable race photos!

Kipkawla School founder Ms. Margaret & her sister Tacy

Your participation in Santa Fe Thunder enables non-profit Global Running Culture to carry out its mission. GRC has been working since 2010 to build on the half century legacy established by Abraham’s mom, Margaret, by constructing a new Kipkalwa School in Matunget. We planned to travel to Kenya this fall to carry out the construction on the land GRC owns on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. However, due to the current uncertainty relating to the Kenyan Presidential election, we have decided to postpone construction until Spring 2018.

For the first time, we are opening registration for 2018 before the new year. To celebrate, we invite you to register for next year’s edition of The Race Different, which will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018, now with a SUPER early-bird entry fee of $50 for the Half Marathon and $25 for the Lightning 5K. Entry includes an official Race T-shirt, custom-designed finisher’s medal, free downloadable professionally-taken race photos, and a unique race in a most special place. The super early-bird prices will be available until midnight, Friday October 15. Enter here and treat yourself to a weekend of culture, wellness, and fun next September!

Smooth Running!

Joseph Karnes  Race Director

Global Running Culture carries out projects to better the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education in 3 primarily indigenous communities where running is a vital part of the culture: northern New Mexico, Copper Canyon, Mexico and the village of Matunget, Kenya – home of GRC co-founder Abraham Kosgei. For more info, visit