Magdalena-Kelly Run On Sunday, July 13
The Magdalena-Kelly run is a local tradition, in fact, it's the
longest running foot race of any kind in the area. It's held in
conjuction with the Magdalena Old Timers Festival, which runs from
Friday through Sunday. The race starts at City Hall (turn North at
Evett's), and runs the (approximately) 7K uphill to Kelly. The
climbing starts early, but the real hill is waiting for you at
about 4K. Try to run the whole way!
There have been a couple of misprints in the recent papers, but
registration for this race is (confirmed) from 7:00-8:00 AM on
Sunday morning, and the race starts at 8:00AM. In other words, the
same as last year and every other time. Registration fee is still
$10, including the t-shirt, as well as the door prizes, age-group
awards, and beverages at the finish. A real bargain!
Over the long weekend, Alyssa Higgs and Terry Moore competed in the
Tucson Firecracker Triathlon, which starts with a wave-style
825-yard pool swim, followed by a criterium-style 12-mile bike,
followed by a 3-mile run around the University of Arizona campus
plaza. Both Alyssa and Terry took first place in their age groups,
with Terry finishing 2nd overall and Alyssa finishing
12th overall in a huge field of 116 women. Terry and
Alyssa exited the pool together, with Terry leading out on the bike
leg with about 3 seconds advantage. Terry held the female lead
until about half a mile to go on the run, when she was passed by
pro triathlete Teri Albertazzi. See the results (and race photos)
Also last weekend, Mike Dennis competed at the Aida Bail Bonds
Stage Race in El Paso. Official results haven't been posted, but
Mike says he finished about midway in his category.
Still further away, Fred Yarger made his yearly trek to Atlanta for
the Peachtree Road Race. Fred reports that the weather was more
humid than usual, and caused him to drop off his pace. Fred
finished the 10K in approximately 59 minutes.
Triathlon Meeting Friday July 11
A triathlon committee meeting will be held on Friday, July
11th at 6PM at the Chamber of Commerce office. This is
the "one month to go" meeting, and we'll be reviewing the
organizational progress. If you'd like to join in the meeting and
volunteer yourself for a job at one of the state's largest and
finest triathlons, you'd be more than welcome. We'll even promise
that you won't end up with the top job (this year).
Hash House Harriers To Meet July 17
The next meeting of the Socorro Hash House Harriers will be at 6PM
at the brew pub on July 17th. The run will start at 6:30
with a live hare (our first!). We may also have visiting hashers
from Albuquerque, so let's get out and have some fun!
Trash Cleanup July 29
Due to the difficulties we've encountered in cleaning up our
adopted section of Hwy 60 (first low turnout, then rain), the
members present at the July meeting voted to try again on July
29th. We'll meet at the east end at 7PM and make our way
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
Cathy and Matt had their first Ironman experience recently at
Ironman North America's Ironman Coeur d'Alene, at Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho. Cathy's been building her training for the 2.4-mile swim,
112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run for the past six months. Matt
judged himself not tough enough to challenge the course, and
instead volunteered for the officiating crew.
Lake Coeur d'Alene is a crystal-clear body of water set amongst
mountains and pine trees, adjacent to the city of Coeur d'Alene. It
was a beautiful place to hold a race, and racers compared it
favorably with Ironman USA in Lake Placid, New York, and Ironman
Canada, in Pentincton, British Columbia. An army of four thousand
volunteers (four thousand more on a waiting list) and thousands of
spectators gathered downtown and around the course on Sunday
morning for the race. The course was very spectator-friendly, with
the transition area and changing tents all in the downtown park
next to the lake. The swim course would be two laps in the lake,
the bike course would be two laps, passing through downtown four
times, and the run course would also be two laps, also passing
through downtown four times.
The mass start of 1600 triathletes into the 65-degree water was an
exciting and impressive sight. Cathy started mid-field, and managed
to hold her position for a 1 hour, 16 minute swim split. The bike
leg was next, but the temperature had begun to climb. Cathy went
out on the first lap hard, but realized the temperatures were
beginning to climb, and relaxed a bit on the second lap, finishing
the bike in (about) 7 hours. By that time, the temperature had
reached 97 degrees, and racers were already dropping out of the
race. Cathy said that the bike-to-run change tent was a mess, with
many of the racers preparing for the marathon already emotionally
and physically exhausted. This was supposed to be a cool-weather
Ironman (average high of 78), and many people simply were not
trained for the heat.
Cathy's marathon went fine for the first 19 miles, and she ran that
entire time (although Cathy can slow her running to a pace slower
than many people can walk). Cathy's been battling a piriformis
muscle injury for the last few months, and had quit running
recently. At mile 19, her body gave out, but she kept going anyway,
trying to rehydrate at the aid stations and staggering through to a
late-evening, 15:39 finish. She was still ahead of many people, and
this race had the highest-ever rate of DNFs in an Ironman, mostly
due to heat exhaustion and related digestive difficulties.
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