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Taos Ski Valley Up and Over Trail Run – 2011 Results

What goes up, must come down!

That’s your race profile for the 10 km grunt and float run called the Taos Ski Valley Up and Over Trail Run.

Taos Ski Mountain. Going...up! (Photo: Courtesy Cyborglibrarian @

It was a beautiful and exhilarating morning on the trails in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico as runners started their scamper at 9,207 feet and climbed up, up, up 2612 feet in three miles. Then scream it on down to the finish!

Course profile

Flyover from last year’s race


The male win was a quad burnin’ dash between experienced trail runner, Mike Rahmer (2011 Jemez 50 km – 6:18), and the youthful Sean Sanchez (age 19). One second separated the two at the finish with experience taking the win…this time.

Had to be fun to watch the descent!

Top 5 male

  1. Mike Rahmer – 1:02:27
  2. Sean Sanchez – 1:02:28
  3. Duane Yardman-Frank – 1:05:23
  4. Evan Lawrence – 1:05:48
  5. Jacob Waltz – 1:06:12 (*knocked off 7+ minutes off his 2010 time*)

Lookin' over at Taos Ski Valley. (Photo: Courtesy of K. Muncie @

While the men’s race saw small groups inspiring each other at the pointy-end, the female race was strung out.

Lacy Wilson earned top female honors finishing 16th overall in a time of 1:15:05.

A little over five minutes later Sarah Norris cruised the finish for second place in 1:20:14.

Top 5 female

  1. Lacy Wilson – 1:15:05
  2. Sarah Norris – 1:20:14
  3. Shelley Moeller – 1:23:33 (*knocked off nearly 7 min from her 2010 time*)
  4. Bonnie Young – 1:30:12
  5. Tracy Lavalle – 1:35:03

Complete Results

Inspiration Point

Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.

  • Carol Lindenblatt (age 64), Fred Winter (age 62), and Richard Lopez (age 62) enjoyed playing at 10,000 feet!

Life is play. Play is life.

Race Reports

  • “The truth is that these shorter races are actually quite simple: keep the effort as hard as you can without going over the edge, and be prepared to suffer. How’s that for strategy?” by Jacob @ santa fe trail runner

Congrats to all the runners! If you have any thoughts or experiences to share from the event, please feel free to share in the comment link below.

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Taos Ski Valley Up and Over Trail Run – 2011 Results”

  1. on 26 Aug 2011 at 1:00 pm Jonathan

    Insane! I learned to ski at Taos. It’s some of the most technical skiing in the country. Can’t image having to run up those black diamond trails and hurl yourself down the backside.

  2. on 26 Aug 2011 at 3:53 pm David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – Someday you might have to revisit and provide a…foot report! Would be a fun comparison ski vs tread. 🙂