Video of the Winner’s Finish

To think that these two battled it out for 13.1 miles and were that close at the finish. Amazing! What a fun day. Stay tuned for GoPro footage of these two from the pace car… Congratulations Jacob Chemtai and Nelson Oyugi!

Running Kids

We all used to be kids and some of us were runners. I just stumbled across this photo and thought it might motivate some of you to come on out tomorrow for the kids races. Stay tuned for a 3 part history of Santa Fe Running Culture after the races. With Damien Passalaqua, Terry Passalaqua, Kevin Brennen, Willy MUshen, Fred Mass, Peter Graham, June Dickinson etc…

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Fun things to do this race weekend

There is a race packet on our website but here are some added suggestions. If you are a local or are visiting town for the race there are plenty of activities to keep you and the family occupied this weekend when you are not running. Here is a good selection.


Friday- The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. 6pm Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion. This contest and culinary fair pits 7 of the best restaurants in Santa Fe against one another for the crown of best Green Chile Cheeseburger in town. We know it is a little eccentric but this deliciously strange cultural event is not to be missed. Trust us, If you’ve never had a Green Chile Cheeseburger your life is incomplete.

Instameet-Instagram meetup and Art Opening. Center for Contemporary Art. 6-10pm. Are you into social media and instagram? Help us create buzz and art. Meet famous instagrammer Erin Azouz

Saturday-Packet Pickup, Global Running Festival, and Global Footprints Youth 3k and Relays-12pm Ft Marcy Park. You are coming anyway to get your packet. Bring the kids. Have a picnic and watch the next generation enjoy running. There will be yoga, massage, arts and crafts, Tarahumara and elite runners, and much more.

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Rescuefest-Fundraiser for Atalaya Search and Rescue. 11am-7pm at Second Street Brewery RY. After GRF mosey over to the Railyard for a Pint. It is very important for us to support our local S and R organization; especially if we are trail runners, backpackers, mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers…you get the idea. These guys and gals are there for us, let’s be there for them.


AHA Progressive Arts Festival– Railyard and El Museo Cultural- 8pm Sat-All Day Sunday. When you are done at Ft Marcy go check out one of the premier contemporary art markets in the area. After you finish your race Sunday head to the railyard for an amazing day of Art and entertainment.

Lyall Lovett– 8pm Downs of Santa Fe. If you are not attending out Pre-race dinner listen to some great live music to get fired up. One of the best musicians of our times at a beautiful venue.

Sunday- Buffalo Thunder Pool and Spa. Buy a spa treatment or day pass to the pool after the run. Great for the kids, recovery and relaxation.


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Santa Fe Children’s Museum

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Check out our Music and performers on the Course!


If you have already registered for the race or haven’t yet pulled the trigger this is bound to fire you up and convince you this is the most fun you can have during a half marathon anywhere! This is the music we will have on the course:

Akeem Ayanni  Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Agalu, the Yoruba Cultural Troupe of Nigeria is an ensemble of remarkable dancers and drummers from Oshogbo, Nigeria. With dazzling versatility and vitality, they keep alive traditional Yoruba stories, rituals and mythology through exciting masquerades. These include drumming, creation and transformation dances.   Check out video from Agalu’s live performance in Sedona Arizona!!

Dave Dillman Trio Dave is one of Santa Fe’s most sought after base players. He will bring an inspiring list of swing, bluegrass and western music to keep the feet flying.

The Saltanah Dancers are the professional dance company of Saltanah Studios, presenting elegant, joyful, enchanting Belly Dance at venues across New Mexico, from Santa Fe Bandstand to numerous restaurants and hotels, from theatres and festivals to weddings, parties and your special celebrations! The Saltanah Dancers are Deborah Newberg (director), Michelle Leigh Odom, and Areena Estul.

Micah Ortega is Santa Fe’s favorite street performer. We think he actually burns more calories that most of the runners by cheering everybody on.  He has been a favorite of runners in previous years. He is guaranteed to make your feet lighter if you can stop laughing.

 Kitty Jo Creek has impressed northern New Mexico audiences with their upbeat Bluegrass sound. Led by banjomaster James Horn they will keep the feet moving at Camel Rock.

*If you are a musician, poster maker, creative type, or own a cow bell we expect you out there. Best guerrilla art/cheering performance (positive, to help the runners, no heckling please) will win a free t-shirt. Take a photo or a video to post and win! Use hashtag #runsantafe #santafethunder

Register Today and Win a Free Ticket to the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown

*Update We have some more tickets to the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown Friday night. Tell us why you are visiting Santa Fe this year (food and running?:), why you like to run, and why you are running our race. Best post wins. Photos and videos encouraged. Please use our #hastags #howtosantafe #runsantafe #santafethunder.

We are happy to announce that in addition to our late registration fee being waived we are giving away 4 tickets to the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown the Friday night before our Race.

Sign up between now and Friday at 6pm and you are entered to win a ticket in our random drawing. The next drawing will be Monday 9/8, Wednesday 9/10 and the Friday morning of the event 9/12. You know you will run and you’re going to sign-up anyway. Do it online now and you can win a ticket to this delicious local event!

Super Athlete Runners Coming to Santa Fe

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August 22, 2014


Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon                                                                                            

Global Running Culture is pleased and honored to receive confirmation that Rarámuri (Tarahumara) runners and artists from Copper Canyon, Mexico will participation in the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon for the third consecutive year.

Santiago Batista Gonzales and Pedro Lerma Lino are world-class ultra-distance runners who cover vast distances as part of their daily activities. The half marathon is actually far too short for them – they’ll be just getting warmed up by the half marathon point. Speed is not a priority for the Rarámuri. Last year, Pedro won a rugged trail race lasting 2 days and 2 nights in Copper Canyon. His prize was 400 pounds of beans, corn and other staples for his village.

In addition, three Rarámuri artists will bring unique handmade arts and crafts to sell at the Global Running Festival, Fort Marcy baseball field from 12-4 on Saturday September 13, and the finish line celebration at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on Sunday September 14.

Endurance running is a highly valued part of the Rarámuri culture; their very name means “those who walk through life correctly” or “he who runs well.” In his best-selling book Born to Run, Christopher McDougal wrote “that was the real secret of the Rarámuri: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We’re all Running People, as the Rarámuri have always known.”

Global Running Culture’s mission is to better the lives of our next generation through the powers of sport and education in three communities where running remains a vital part of the local culture: northern New Mexico, the village of Matunget, Kenya, and Copper Canyon Mexico. GRC founded the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon as a destination event to bring runners from around the world together in celebration of our shared love of running and the Rarámuri will join runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada and over 30 states.SAMSUNG

As our friend Billy Mills said “the ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that, you have dignity. You have the pride. You can walk about with character and pride no matter in what place you finish.” The Rarámuri continue to leave their footprints, run with pride and show us all the way. We are blessed that they will join us again and look forward to sharing the path with them down the Old Taos Highway.

High Altitude Training Article

I just spoke with Jessica Dyer and came across this article on high altitude training and New Mexico as a hub for this. It’s definitely worth a read if you are considering coming to our race or just interested in what it does to/for the body.


Global Running Festival and Free Kids Races

Saturday, September 13th ,at Ft Marcy Park we will be having our Global Running Fair and Youth Relays. There will also be food, massage tables, music, and tarahumara huaraches as well as other arts and crafts available. This is also bag pick-up so please come grab you bib and hang around to support the next generations of runners. Here is the youth run

50th Anniversary of Billy Mills’ Olympic Gold Medal win to be commemorated at 4th running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

Here is our press release about Billy Mills and the video of his race and his techniques.

Global Running Culture Honors Billy Mills

50th Anniversary of Legendary Olympic Triumph

Santa Fe, N.M. — The fourth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon on September 14 will honor the 50th anniversary of Billy Mills’ legendary victory in the 10,000 Meter Run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The iconic images of then-unknown Mills passing two runners on the final turn are considered one of the greatest Olympic moments and he remains the only American ever to win the Gold Medal in this distance running event.

In the half century since his achievement, Mr. Mills has raised over 100 Million Dollars to benefit Native American children through his foundation Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Running Strong provides in-kind support for Santa Fe-based non-profit organization Global Running Culture’s (GRC) programs to improve the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education.

GRC focuses its programs in three communities where running continues to be a vital part of the local culture: Matunget, Kenya, Copper Canyon, Mexico and Northern New Mexico.  100% volunteer GRC founded the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon in 2011 as its primary fundraiser and as a destination event, which last year attracted runners from 30 states and 7 countries to Santa Fe.

“I am proud to be associated with an organization that shares my commitment to helping the next generation have the opportunity to succeed” said Mr. Mills. “I have participated in the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon and encourage runners to experience the unique cultural features and beautiful downhill course.” The male and female Half Marathon winners will receive personally autographed copies of Patricia Mills’ painting, Wings of an Eagle. Patricia’s works are displayed in the World Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

GRC will donate a portion of race proceeds Running Strong in Billy Mills’ honor.

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