Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

Fort Marcy to Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe NM

Welcome to New Mexico’s premier destination running event! The 5th running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, presented by Sports Authority, will be a one-of-a-kind meeting of wellness and cultures from around the world. We are excited to share with you a mobile community fiesta.
The start of the half marathon is truly like no other: a Kalenjin Warrior backed by African drummers sounds a horn used by generations of his tribal leaders. Rarámuri (Tarahumara) ultramarathoners race along with world class runners from around the world. Local musicians play along the course while the Pojoaque Pueblo Youth Hoop Dancers energize the finish line celebration. 180 Half Marathon and 5K Age-Group Medals are handmade by Pueblo artists and this year’s Finishers’ Medal is designed by famed Jemez Pueblo artist Bernice Gachupin.

The point-to-point course is 1,000’ net downhill and runs from historic Fort Marcy in the heart of Santa Fe down the Old Taos Highway into the red-rock Rio Grande Valley, passing between the 13,000’ Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the 11,000’ Jemez Mountains to the west. Runners will pass by the Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Village Market and the Pueblo of Tesuque before entering the Pueblo of Pojoaque and finish at the magnificent Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

For those who desire a shorter challenge, the 5K run and one-mile fitness walk will be held at Buffalo Thunder, and scheduled so that participants will finish in time to see the half marathoners arrive. The Sports Authority pavilion will feature an array of running items, with all proceeds donated to Global Running Culture. Whole Foods Market will host a fresh food and beverage tent and Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino will provide hospitality, world music and special performances to help the finishers and their families celebrate their achievements!

The word “Harambee” is Swahili for “we all come together.” The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon brings community together in the spirit of wellness and joy in a multi-cultural environment. Global Running Culture, The City of Santa Fe, the Pueblo of Pojoaque and the Pueblo of Tesuque invite you to be a part of our Harambee.

Global Running Culture
Global Running Culture carries out its Global Footprints programs bettering the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education in three communities where running is a vital part of the culture: northern New Mexico, organization co-founder Abraham Kosgei’s village of Matungen, Kenya, and Copper Canyon, Mexico. Santa Fe Thunder features a one-of-a-kind start by a Kalenjin Warrior a 100-year old tribal leader’s horn, African drummers at the start and finish, seven local musical groups along the course, the Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers performing at the finish, 180 Age-Group Awards handmade by Pueblo artists, Finisher’s Medals designed by famed Jemez Pueblo Artist Bernice Gachupin food and drink provided by Whole Foods Market and the Sports Authority runners pavilion!

Race proceeds benefit Global Running Culture’s programs dedicated to bettering the lives of our next generation, including the Global Footprints – Project Kenya and Project Copper Canyon initiatives, and the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center Indoor Soccer Camp.

Entry Information
Online entries are now open at  An early-entry discount is available until June 15, and for the fifth year, Global Running Culture extends its half-price entry discount to all Pueblo and Tribal members (send email to  The early registration fees (until June 15, 2015) are: Half Marathon: $55, 5K: $30, 1-Mile Walk, $20.