Over 1,000 runners from 35 states and seven countries will compete in the fifth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon on Sept. 20.
A Kenyan Olympian backed by African drummers will start the race by blowing his grandfather’s Kudu horn.
“We’ve created a bucket list race where runners from around the United States and world can enjoy our beautiful scenery while celebrating Harambee — Swahili for ‘we call come together’,” race co-founder Abraham Kosgei said. “In addition to Santa Fe’s renowned charms, Santa Fe Thunder features aspects of Kenyan, Native American and Tarahumaran culture that combine to create a singular running experience.”
The high altitude point-to-point course drops 1,000 feet from its start in the heart of Santa Fe, down the Old Taos Highway, finishing at Pojoaque Pueblo’s Buffalo Thunder Resort. Tarahumaran ultra-marathon runners join world-class distance runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Japan and other countries to run past the world famous Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Village and Pueblo, and the Camel Rock casino, descending into the red-rock-lined Rio Grande valley between the 10,000-foot Jemez Mountains and 12,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains.