Shelter Shuffle This Saturday
Visit the Shelter
Shuffle web site for all the information about this event. If
you're doing the 5K and haven't registered yet, please be sure to
come well before the 8AM start time. There are awards for the
race, as well as a special prize for the first finisher with a
dog. Please bring your leashes; there won't be enough extra ones
to go around!
SSR Meeting Tuesday April 1
The next regular club meeting will be at the Socorro Public
Library meeting room, at 6PM, April 1st. We'll recap
the Shelter Shuffle, and items on the agenda will include the
Relay for Life, the mountain bike picture rally, and a possible
upcoming hash run.
Young Swimmers Set High Standards
Alyssa and Jennell Higgs, and Lucio and Damien Lopez-Plancarte
recently competed at the New Mexico Short Course Swimming
Championships in Farmington. Short Course swimming is in 25-yard
(or meter) pools, and is generally a winter event, while Long
Course is in 50-meter pools, and is generally a summer event.
All four placed at the championships, with big sister Alyssa
coming home with high-point awards in her age group, including 6
first-place titles. Jennell came away with 7 first-place titles,
and was the runner up for the high point award. Lucio finished
second in the 500-yard freestyle, and will join Alyssa and Jennell
at the USS Western Zone championship in Tempe. For you swimmers
who want to compare, 12-year-old Alyssa finished the 200 freestyle
in 2:21:50, 10-year-old Jennell finished the 100 IM in 1:08:07,
and 13-year-old Lucio finished the 500 free in 5:09:17.
White Sands Century Information
The White Sands Missile Range will be hosting a century ride on
April 12th. The ride, which the sponsors emphasize is
"not a race," begins between 7:00 and 8:00 AM at the Tularosa High
School football field parking lot, and ends at the same
location. All riders will be picked up by 6:00 PM.
The ride itself will be held on the roads inside the missile
range. There will be water, energy drinks, and fruit at the 26, 50,
and 79 mile points. Lunch will be provided at the
midpoint. Photography is not permitted. Entry fee is $25, and there
is no day-of-event registration. An online entry form is available
Take The Relay For Life Survey
Our discussion of Relay For Life fundraisers at the March
meeting led to a suggestion that SSR resolve to donate a
fixed percentage of event proceeds to the Relay
cause. We'd like to know what you think: please fill out
this survey form.
For those who don't already know, the Relay For Life is an American
Cancer Society fundraising event for the whole community. The
participants are organized into teams, such as the team SSR has
with Trex Enterprises. Most money is raised by the teams before the
Relay, while the Relay is an 18-hour overnight event that
demonstrates the theme that "Cancer Never Sleeps."
The Relay itself will be June 13-14, 2003. For you triathletes,
that's the weekend after the Milkman Triathlon. There is a
$10 registration fee per team member, and the goal is for each team
member to raise $100. Luminarias and star/crescent moon signs are
available now; contact Fred
Yarger or Camille
Scliezi for more information.
Highway 6 Road Race
The two-lane road between Los Lunas and I-40 near Laguna is
generally a place for trucks, not bikes, but on Sunday, March 23,
there were over 140 cyclists there for the Highway 6 Road
Race. This race was the first of the 2003 New Mexico Road
Series. Mike Dennis took 8th in the "D" race, while new
racer Peter Mozley also took 8th in the "E" race.
This time at White Sands Missile Range, the weather was perfect!
Saturday's Wind Triathlon saw little-to-no wind, and nice warm
temperatures. Matt Perini and Robert Abernathy both had fun races,
with Robert setting a 5K PR on his way to finishing in
1:34:23. Matt fought it out with the Clydesdales to finish with a
third-place medal in 1:25:17.
10K Handicap To Be Held April 3
The next race in the spring handicap series will be a 10K
handicap, to be held on Thursday, April 3rd. The race
will start near the IRIS/PASSCAL parking lot at 5:30PM. Currently,
Joe Dickerson and Tyler Haughness share the series lead with 14
Group Run To Be Held April 6
On the first Sunday of each month, the Sunday run meets at a
location other than the Tech Pool for a special run. On April
6th, we'll meet at the shrine on Hwy 60 (near mile post
133?) west of Socorro, at 8AM. This run is typically an
out-and-back, with a few hills. Bring a friend and enjoy the
springtime desert scenery!
Mountain Bike Picture Rally On May 3
Robert Abernathy is planning
a fun, family-oriented, event for May 3rd, a "Mountain
Bike Picture Rally." The picture rally concept is based on the same
sort of event for car or motorcycle clubs, where you're given a set
of numbered photos, and you attempt to visit each place where a
photo was taken. In our case, each photo may contain a different
view of M Mountain, and you'll be following trails and streets in
the Socorro area, until you arrive at the party at the end. More
details on what to bring and where to meet will be coming on this
NM Highway Department Representative To Speak
Mr. Greg White, the New Mexico State Highway And Transportation
Department representative on the state's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and
Equestrian committee, is coming to Socorro and talk to SSR about
cycling issues for the SSR meeting on May 6th. This is a
good opportunity for you to make your voice heard about highway
issue, bicycle commuting, or anything else you'd like to happen
within the highway department.
Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro
These are not SSR-sponsored club events!
- Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Running: SSR Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8AM Sundays.
Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed