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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

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 conditions.

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.

Cottonwood Charter SchoolBarbara Oates
1st Presbyterian ChurchGerry Schwab, Marj Austin
1st State BankErnestine Silva, Soledad Sanchez
Fitch TeamTricia Woods, Tammy Irelan
Monette MustangsNorma Meeks, Charlotte Monette
NM Bureau of GeologyJudy Vaiza, Loretta Tobin
Oates DDS DentistryJulie Euart
Pound FamilyVeronica & Joe Pound
San MiguelPat Zamora, Phil Preston
Socorro Public Health OfficeNadine Ulibarri-Keller
SHS National Honor SocietyMeghan Beers
Socorro County Treas/Magistrate CourtSylvia Romero & Jim Naranjo
Tricia's TeamTricia Muncy
Tripp'sSilva Vivian
We are Family & FriendsTony & Kim Ortiz

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 web site.

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 Team.

You can register online at our web page, 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 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 (505)892-5998.

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 entry forms.

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 here.

April 9, 2003

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