Striders, Riders, and Hash House Harriers ???
A large part of the April meeting was devoted to the topic
of starting a Hash House Harrier group in Socorro. From www.half-mind.com:
Hashing . . . it's a mixture of athleticism and
sociability, hedonism and hard work; a refreshing break
from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing is an
exhilaratingly fun combination of running, orienteering,
and partying, where bands of harriers and harriettes chase
hares on eight-to-ten kilometer-long trails through town,
country, jungle, and desert, all in search of exercise,
camaraderie, and good times.
If you're interested, check out the web site for tons of
information. (This also involves a bit of drinking...)
With a lot of help from Karl Frisch ("Papa Don't Preach"), we're going to have
our first hash on Thursday, April 17th,
starting from Robert Abernathy's house at 903 School of
Mines Road. For this first hash, Karl will be laying the
trail, and we'll be trying to follow it. We'll start the
party at Robert's at 6:00PM, and finish the party at the
end of the trail. Bring your own beer or soft drink!
SSR Pulls Out Of Relay For Life
SSR decided to pull itself out of the American Cancer
Society's Relay For Life at the April meeting. It was
becoming apparent that we could not field a team for the
18-hour relay itself without a lot more people becoming
involved, and there didn't seem to be a lot of interest
outside of a core group of seven or eight members.
Over the last two years, SSR has raised approximately $5000
for the ACS through entries at races and through
individual donations. Former member and cancer survivor
Cathy Plummer was the original team captain in 2000 and
was a inspiration for her team members. In 2001 we joined
with the Trex Enterprises team and continued our
successful fund-raising under more difficult economic
Members who wish to participate in the 2003 Relay For Life
should contact one of the following teams, or contact the
event organizer, Clara Apodaca.
Mountain Bike Picture Rally On May 10
The date for this event has changed from 5/3 to 5/10
Robert Abernathy is planning
a fun, family-oriented, event for May 10th, 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
MVTC Triathlon Forms Available
The Mesilla Valley Triathlon Club Triathlon, a 5K/25K/500m
triathlon held in Las Cruces, will be held on Sunday,
April 27th. Robert's been trying to obtain
entry forms for a while, but the race organizers hadn't
prepared them until last week. We've scanned the entry form
and put it online for your convenience. This will be a USA
Triathlon race, and so you'll need your USAT card or an
additional $9 for a one-day membership. Race-day
registration is available for an additional $5 fee.
If you can't download the form, call Genia Shepan of MVTC
at (505) 524-7824. Genia and Don Shepan and the rest of
MVTC always put on a fun race; we'll see you in Cruces!
Announcing the Defined Fitness Duathlon
Submitted by Brandon Boucher of Tri-Sport Training
Hello Duathletes and Triathletes! This year's Defined
Fitness Duathlon was selected as the 2003 Rocky Mountain
Regional Duathlon Championship. This means the Defined
Fitness Duathlon is Bigger and Better. The duathlon
course will be GPS accurate and will consist of a
challenging 5k run with 30k bike of rolling hills,
finishing with the same challenging 5k run. Proceeds from
the race go to support the Rio Rancho High School Mountain
Bike Team, and Tri-Sport Junior Triathlon Development
You can register online at our web page, http://www.tri-sporttraining.com. Look
for the 2003 Defined Fitness Duathlon link on the left
side of the page. You can also down load a registration
form and mail it in. This year's early registration ends
on April 26th 2003. One day licenses apply and
please, no race day transfers. Mail in registration forms
must be postmarked by April 27; after the 27th
late fee of $10 applies. The race results will be posted
at TransitionTimes.com. Packet
pick-up is morning of the race and on May 3rd at the Rio
Rancho Defined Fitness between 1pm-4pm including the much
anticipated free race gift.
The Ramada limited is the host hotel for our event, and is
offering special rates; please contact them at
After race festivities include drawing from our sponsors,
Fleet Feet, La Ti Da coffee, free Dion's pizza, Cycle
Works, and post race massages. We are also hosting a post
race tri-gear swap meet until 2 pm. Bring your old gear,
new gear, bikes, clothing, etc. to sell and swap. We'll
provide the tables - you provide the gear and prices for
the first tri-gear swap meet. Additionally, any gear left
can be donated to the Tri-sport junior triathlon program.
Club Discount Available For Defined Fitness Duathlon
Tri-Sport Training is offering a $5 discount on entry to
the Defined Fitness Duathlon for members of New Mexico
triathlon clubs. (See above article.) If you would like to
take advantage of this offer, send your entry and check
(made out to Socorro Striders And Riders for $30) to
P.O. Box 1508, Socorro, NM 87801 by April
24th. SSR will submit one check along with the
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: 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