Courtyard Marriott Onboard

The Courtyard Marriott is now a sponsor for our Half Marathon. We love this hotel because it is economical for families, has a pool, a hot tub (for those post race aches), nice rooms, and is conveniently located. Please consider them for your stay, you will not be disappointed.

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Today is National Running Day!

What will you be doing today? Running we hope. Please check out the website and plan a run, start running or support a runner in your life. Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon and Global Running Culture support National Running Day, the children, running and cultures where running is still an integral part of daily life.



5 Tips for Starting your Training for a Half Marathon

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You will need 3-7 hours a week starting today (at least 8 weeks but 12-16 is better). If you realistically don’t think you can do that then there is no need to read on. If you are not sure and thinking well…I may but maybe not…Do it, make the commitment! You will have a blast and be glad you did.

1. Honest Self Assessment

           This step is the base and foundation that your training plan will be created. Ask yourself questions such as: How is my cardiovascular training? How much do I really do? How many miles a week do I run? Do I have any injuries or a history of injuries? What if any is my history with running and half marathons? How much time do I want to give to this endeavor?

2. Motivations and Aversions

           This ties in with the question above but deserves its own bullet. Write these down and ask yourself why you want to do this race. Do you want to get fit? Do you want to loose weight? Has running always appealed to you but you never tried it? Do you want to be a part of a really fun local event? Do you want to find a community dedicated to running and fitness? Is it part of your spiritual practice? Do you have a time you would like to run in the race? Do you just want to have fun (yes running is fun)? What motivates you? On the flip side it is good to try to predict the resistance you might face. Why have you quit the gym in the past? Do you worry you won’t have enough time before work, energy after work, or motivation to keep going? What discourages you? The sooner you can see these pessimistic thoughts and negative behavior patterns coming (we all get them) the better prepared we will be to confront them with our motivations. This section will help keep the running fun, keep you motivated from the inside out and prepare you for those challenging days when you need to train but don’t want to.

3. What Physical Activities do you enjoy?

Do you swim, hike, play rugby, go to the gym, practice yoga, or sit on the couch? If you are least somewhat active in some kind of activity you enjoy then suss out what you like about it. Is it the camaraderie, is it the deep breathing, is it the repetition, is it the solitude, is it the rush, is it the discipline?  This will help us keep it fun and we can incorporate your existing activities into your program. We want this to be sustainable.

4. Get a Training Plan and Coach.

Join your local running club or join an online group. Runners World and Active have good resources. RRCA has a certification program for coaches (Road Runners Clubs of America)

5. Do some Internet Research, Join Clubs, Friend and Follow Runners

Join our event on Facebook and like our pages (Santa Fe Thunder event and page, Global Running Culture)

Join the local chapter of the RRCA and like on facebook. Go to the Running HUB (Local running shoe store) Maybe do this first before #1. It might give you an idea of who is out there running and why. Books such as “Born to Run” and “Running with the Buffalos” are highly recommended. Runners World is also good. There are many online programs and training suggestions out there. Do some research. Ask me questions. Also don’t do anything that seems questionable that you find on the interwebs without running it by your coach and community first. Post what you find to the group.

Goodluck, Santa Fe Thunder Team

Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Santa Fe

We are pleased to announce that The Hilton Double Tree Hotel is now one of our partners. There are discounted room rates for athletes and families through our website or by contacting them directly.

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We love the Double Tree because it is conveniently located, has a great pool, nice rooms and all the other comforts one expects from a Hilton.

Also on Facebook

Join our Facbook Event and Training Group and Win a Free Entry

Please remember to join our Facebook event if you are at all considering running the race this year. By doing so you will get all our updates and have potential to join our exclusive and free running group; where you can get training tips and can win free entry to our race on September 14th this year. #runsantafe #besthalfmarathon #running #newmexicotrue #visitsantafe

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Runners World Ad and Early Bird Registration

We have an ad in Runners World for May. Here is the image. The race is filling up quickly. Register now!


If you send me a copy of the Runners World with the ad you will get a free 2012 Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon HP running hat. Limit 1 🙂 Thanks and we hope you register soon for the race to get your $10 early bird discount.

Global Running Culture to help with Free Summer Running Camp in Pojoaque

Wings of America – Pojoaque Youth Running & Fitness Camp.

Pojoaque Pueblo: N.M.

May 20, 2014

The inaugural Wings of America – Pojoaque Youth Running & Fitness Camp will be held Thursday and Friday, June 12-13 at the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness and Healing Arts Center. The free camp, open to 150 participants age 6-18, will focus on running instruction, group games, healthy eating and goal setting.

The camp is a new addition to Wings of America’s Youth Running Camp series, which will visit 8 New Mexico Pueblos this summer ( ). Global Running Culture is participating in the Camp as part of its Global Footprints initiative, which includes programs to improve the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education in Kenya, Copper Canyon Mexico and northern New Mexico ( World class runner and Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center trainer Abraham Kosgei and 2:08 marathon runner Mbarak Hussein, of Albuquerque and Gotab Berur will run with camp participants and share their experiences and techniques.

The Pojoaque Pueblo will open its extensive facilities for the camp, including its all-weather running track, gym and extensive trail network. The Pojoaque Pueblo will also donate bison and other nutritious food and Espanola nutritionist Melanie Montoya will lead sessions on tasty, nutritious meals and snacks that help athletes maximize their performance. Anthony Lovato of Pojoaque Valley High School will donate his time to prepare lunch for camp participants each day and will also speak about the importance of whole foods and a balanced diet.

All camp participants will receive a Wings of America Youth Running Camp t-shirt, a discount/free entry to the 16th annual Butterfly Run, presented by the Pojoaque Pueblo on Sunday, June 17, and an invitation to the Global Youth Relay and Cross Country Race, presented by Global Running Culture, held on Saturday September 13, in conjunction with the 4th running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon (

For more information about the Wings of America – Pojoaque Youth Running Camp, contact For information about Global Running Culture, contact For information about the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness and Healing Arts Center, contact