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May 13th, 2003

2003 Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon

2003 Statewide Race Calendar

2003 Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Highway 60 Clean-Up On Wednesday

It's that time again, time to pick up the litter on our adopted stretch of Highway 60. Meet at 5:30PM on May 14th at the bottom of Sedillo Hill (west of mile marker 129). The highway department provides garbage sacks, and they pick them up; we just have to fill them. Bring gloves; we'll provide the water. We'll work until 7:30PM or so.

Recent Activities Keep SSR Busy

It's been an active past few weeks for us, including the start up of the Socorro Hash House Harriers, and the bike picture rally last weekend. Our second hash started at Robert's house again, this time with ten hashers on a trail laid our earlier by Papa. His trail took us throught streets, roads, trails, and even a cemetery before finishing at Papa's house for refreshments. Just about everybody got to lead the pack at least once. The next hash, maybe with a live hare, will be held in June; stay tuned.

The bike picture rally was an unusual event, adapted from similar events held by car clubs. Four teams of riders, a total of nine, met at the Socorro Plaza on Saturday for instructions from Robert. We received a rally packet of instructions and several photos, taken at stops from a tour through Socorro. Each photo had M Mountain in the background as a point of reference. The riders had to follow the same tour route. The game was to find the chalk drawings Robert placed on the streets along the way and to be able to identtify them at the end of the rally. It turned out that the drawings were symbols for heavenly bodies of the solar system; some teams found most of them, one team missed most of them, and no one found them all. On the other hand, everybody enjoyed it so much that we're considering adding a bike rally to the schedule for the Fat Tire Fiesta.

May 12-16 Is Bike-to-Work Week

May is National Bike Month, next week (May 12-16) is National Bike-to-Work Week, and May 16th is National Bike-to-Work day. The recent spike in fuel prices should remind everyone that prices are tied to Mid-East political stability. Conservation is a hard thing, but real change has to start at the grassroots level, and that's us. So get that commuter bike out and use it!

Jay Benson Triathlon Sunday

Another one of the best short course triathlons in the state is coming up on Sunday, the Jay Benson Triathlon. This event is hosted by SSR's good friend (and member) Barry Field of TRICLUB New Mexico on Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The race starts with a flat 5K run, continues with a mostly flat 20K bike on the quiet roads of the base, and finishes with a 400 meter pool swim. There's also a kid's race afterward. Visit for details, and we'll see you on Sunday!

Save Otero Canyon Trails

Submitted to SSR by Matt Turgeon
There is a popular hiking, biking, and horse riding trail outside of Albuquerque called Otero Canyon. The trail is on part of land that has never been fenced or used for anything other than recreation. However, it also sits outside of Kirtland Air Force Base and a portion of the land is what is called "military withdrawal land." This land was given to the Department of Defense when Kirtland AFB was originated right after WWII, but the Air Force has never had use for it in over 50 years.

The Otero Canyon trails extend from National Forest Land into this military land, and for at least 20 years there has been no concern by the military over the use of it as a recreation area. However, because of the significant amounts of money available for Homeland Security, Kirtland decided to request funding for a project to fence this land off. Most people here in Albuquerque would agree that this is an unnecessary taxpayer expense and the land is better served to be left open to the public.

Please take the time to click here and sign the petition to stop the closure of Otero Canyon. Also please pass this onto others that you know of that might be interested in signing this petition.

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, 7AM Sundays.

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

May 8, 2003

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