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World Run Day is November 9th

World Run Day, a running fundraiser that benefits charities worldwide, is November 9th. Coincidentally, that corresponds with the last race in the Fall Running Series, and so we've linked the two events.

We've chosen the Animal Protective Association of Socorro to be our charity for the event, and we will be accepting voluntary donations for them at any time. If possible, bring your donation to the race on November 9.

Also, you can register at for $12.99 and receive a World Run Day t-shirt.

Final Fall Running Series Race

As mentioned in another article on this page, the last race in the 2003 Fall Running Series, on November 9, is linked with World Run Day, a worldwide day of running and charity. Register at for $12.99 and receive a World Run Day t-shirt. We will also be accepting voluntary donations for the Animal Protective Association of Socorro.

Prizes go to the overall winners in each of four age groups in both genders. The series fee is $5 and that'll buy entry into both of the remaining race and a series T-shirt. All races meet in front of the EMRTC building (at the rattlesnake sculpture). The final race will consist of two out-and-back segments, first south from EMRTC, then north. Download a printable flyer here.

Click here to see the current standings in the 2003 Fall Running Series.

Owl Bar Run November 21st

The Owl Bar Run, which is about 13 miles from New Mexico Tech to the Owl Bar in San Antonio, will be held on Friday, November 21st. This is an informal run (or bike) with minimal support. Stop in at the Tech gym to tell them that you're leaving, then follow the signs written on the pavement from Tech, down School of Mines Road, past San Miguel Mission, and down Otero Street to the Low Flow Channel road. The Tech Gym usually places water at several locations along the Low Flow Channel road. That road will take you all the way to Hwy 380 about one mile east of the Owl Bar in San Antonio. The Owl will give you a free beer (just one!) if you tell them you've done the Owl Bar Run. Most runners leave around 3PM if you'd like to run with a group.

Transition Times New Mexico Radio

Our friends at Transition Times New Mexico and Tri-Team Southwest are starting an Internet radio show on November 9th. Check out the full story at Transition Times.

SSR Sponsors Socorro Balloon Rally

Socorro Striders And Riders is pleased to announce its participation in the sponsorship of the 2003 Socorro Balloon Rally, to be held on the weekend of November 29-30. This event also includes Socorro's favorite parade, the Candy Cane Electric Light parade, and the posole cookoff. Check out the Chamber of Commerce web page for more details.

Christmas Party December 14th

It's never too early to start thinking about another party! Striders And Riders will hold their annual Christmas Party at the Perini home near San Antonio on Sunday, December 14th. Details like whether the party will be catered, pot luck, or whatever are still being worked out. We'd like to have a ride or run (or both) in the early afternoon before the party, so please give us some suggestions.

Artwork Contests Announced for Triathon and Fat Tire Fiesta

SSR is seeking submissions from area artists for event logo artwork for its premier events, the Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon, and the Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta. The triathlon, which will be held on August 14, 2004, has a submission deadline of February 1st; the Fat Tire Fiesta, which will be held on September 18-19, 2004, has a submission deadline of April 1st. We will also be considering designs for custom awards for both events. Contact SSR for more details.

Duke City Results

Cathy and Matt saw a lot of SSR members and other Socorroans while working at the division point of the Duke City Marathon and Half-marathon. Full results are at the event web site; here's a quick recap of the area finishers:

22:39 Jan Thomas(AGE GROUP 1st)
25:08 Brian Pavlina

1:33:27 Steven Montoya
1:46:57 Robert Abernathy
1:50:03 Joseph McMullin
1:59:03 Lawrence Jaksha
2:05:04 Dave Finley
2:09:19 Audrey Hurst
2:15:04 Kevin Wedeward
2:23:24 Steve Tenorio

4:02:30 Jason Wurnig
4:20:33 Juan Alvarado

M Mountain Run Results?

This writer was volunteering at the Duke City Marathon at the time of the M Mountain Run, and so little is known about who was there and how it turned out. We do know this: Christian started out strong and led to near the final climb, but faltered. Laura was the first female up. Kim took a wrong turn, ended up on a cliff, and lost a lot of time. Nathan was also one of the first to finish, and we know Tyler was there, but we're not sure how he finished. Anyway, the organizers seem to have had it down this time; the BBQ was ready right away and there was plenty of food, and the return shuttles were perfect. I can't wait to return next year!

Hash House Harriers Review

The Socorro Hash House Harriers met on Thursday, October 30th, for the first Socorro Halloween Hash. See the Hash Trash writeup for all the details. The Socorro Hash House Harriers will meet again on Thursday, November 20th. Meet at the Socorro Springs Brewing Company at 6:00PM for a 6:15PM start. This will be a night hash, so bring a flashlight!

Officer Elections To Be Held In January

The next business meeting of Socorro Striders And Riders will be at 6PM on January 6th, 2004, at the Spoke 'n' Word bike shop on the Socorro Plaza. The main business will be election of officers for the 2004 year. The current officers are: President Robert Abernathy, Vice President Cathy Perini, and Secretary/Treasurer Matt Perini. Any or all are willing to be replaced. If you'd like bigger say in the direction this club takes, or in the activities it promotes, volunteer for a job.

Spring Running Series Announced

SSR will promote its Spring Running Series again in 2004, again with a handicap format. The plan is for four races starting in January and occurring every four weeks. Distances will be between 5K and 10K, but the distance and course won't be announced until the race!

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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 (not very regular!).
  • Running: Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8AM Sundays .

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

November 6th, 2003
Previous Update: October 23, 2003
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