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Polar Bear Triathlon

Eleven SSR members raced at the Polar Bear Triathlon on December 14th, including five individuals and two relay teams. Mike Montoya came from behind after the bike leg to make up a two-and-a-half-minute deficit during the swim, stealing second place overall from El Paso's Alberto Lugo in a total time of 1:10:11. Christian Krueger finished 6th overall with a time of 1:14:20. Laura Wilcox won the 20-24 age group with a time of 1:27:06. E.P. Higgs finished in 1:32:49 and Robert Abernathy finished in 1:36:15. The official results report that Tech student Bill Collins finished in 1:39:18, however, observers at the race indicate that he finished in less time.

The relays included one composed of Jan Thomas (run), Peter Mozley (bike), and Matt Perini (swim), and another composed of Damian Lopez-Plancarte (run), Alyssa Higgs (bike), and Jenell Higgs (swim). Thomas/Mozley/Perini finished in 1:19:08, third among coed teams, while Lopez-Plancarte/Higgs/Higgs finished in 1:34:39.

After the main event, awards were given out for champions of the 2002 Southwest Challenge Series. Last year's series had 24 events, and athletes had to finish ten events to qualify for the series championship. Laura Wilcox was the champion of the female 20-24 age group, and Cathy Perini was the champion of the female 40-44 age group.

Next year's Southwest Challenge Series, of which the Polar Bear was the first race, is expected to retain all 24 of last year's races. However, the number of races required in order to qualify for the championship has been reduced to eight.

Christian Krueger
Christian Krueger starts the cycling leg
E.P. Higgs
E.P. Higgs finishes the run
Matt Perini, Jan Thomas, and Peter Mozley
Relay team Perini, Thomas, and Mozley, pose after the race

Tech Freeride Park Open For Business

Tech's Freeride Park is a cycling arena of obstacles, ramps, and jumps created by Brad Cromey, SSR's Nathan Heronen, and the Tech Extreme Cycling class. You can find the park just west of the Tech golf course, next to the greenhouse.

Into the trees
Into the trees

The park is open to the public, however, safety is a real concern. Helmets are required and you use the equipment at your own risk. If you'd like to learn freeriding and greatly improve your bike handling skills, the Extreme Cycling class is available. Contact Brad Cromey for more information. You can find the Extreme Cycling class at the park on Sundays, and you can typically find Brad there riding or adding on to the park during the noon hour on weekdays.

Relay For Life Christmas Luminarias Available

Fred Yarger reports that the American Cancer Society's 2003 Relay For Life will be held on June 13th and 14th, rather than the usual first weekend of June. It's not too early to start your Relay fundraising, and Fred also has forms for obtaining luminarias from the ACS for Christmas.

Club Elections Scheduled For January 7th Meeting

The first SSR meeting of 2003 will be held at 7PM on January 7th at the Socorro Springs Brewing Company. Items on the agenda include election of officers for 2003, the APAS 5K, and our adopted highway cleanup day.

APAS 5K Tentatively Set For March 8th

Plans are in the works to hold a 5K run to support the Animal Protective Association of Socorro (APAS), on Saturday, March 8th. The race will probably be held on Sixth Street in Socorro, starting and finishing at Clark Field. Runners will be encouraged to run with their dogs. A 1-mile walk will accompany the 5K run.

Since this race is still in the planning stages, we still need help with a name, a poster and entry form, t-shirt design, course design, and many other aspects. If you'd like to contribute, please contact Matt Perini.

Fourth Fall Running Series Race January 14th

The fourth race in the Fall Running Series of handicap-format races will be held at 5:30PM on Tuesday, January 14th. This 5K race will be held on the Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon course, which starts at the Socorro City pool on El Camino Real. See the map for details.

This race is worth (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) points for the (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and remaining) finishers.

If you are not an SSR member and you'd like to race, download a membership form and sign up. Students cost $5, individuals cost $10, and families cost $15. The race series fee is $5. Race winners receive a $10 prize, and the series winner wins $50.

Course Maps for Races 1, 2 (updated), and 4.
Click here for a larger image.
Fall Running Series Races 1, 2, and 4. Click for larger image.

Click here for series standings.

USA Triathlon Raises Membership Rates

USA Triathlon, the national governing body for triathlon and duathlon, and the organization that sanctions and insures the Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon and many of the other triathlons in the country, is raising its individual membership rate to $30 per year. One-day memberships will increase from $7 to $9. Youth rates will remain at $15 per year, or $3 for a one-day membership. The club discount will remain at $3.

USAT reports that the rate increase is due to a 30% increase in their insurance premium. Membership in USAT includes medical insurance for racers. The premium increase is due to the general lack of underwriters of insurance for sporting events following the collapse of Harbour Entertainment and Sports Insurance earlier this year.

Current members might consider renewing before January, when the new rates go into effect.

SSR has also seen a near-doubling in insurance premium from Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA), however, the American Cycling Association (ACA), which did not use Harbour, has managed to avoid a fee increase this year.

January 11 Ride With Tri Team Southwest Planned

Tri Team Southwest, a triathlon club with members all over the state of New Mexico and West Texas, is planning a 50-mile training ride on NM Hwy 1 on January 11th, and they're inviting members of SSR to join them. We're meeting at the Owl Bar at 9:30 AM to ride to the Santa Fe Diner, then back. Lunch will be at the Owl after the ride.

Regular Rides and Runs

  • Cycling (Road): MWF 11:15 AM, meet at Tech's NRAO Guesthouse.
  • Cycling (MTB): Friday 12 Noon, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Running: SSR Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8AM Sundays (excluding Dec 8).

Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed here.

December 11, 2002

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