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Next meeting is May 3rd

2005 Statewide Race Calendar
2005 Statewide Race Calendar
2005 Southwest Challenge Series
2005 Run for your Life
2005 Run for your Life
2005 Cerrillos del Coyote MTB Race
2005 Cerrillos del Coyotoe MTB Race
2004 Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta


2004 Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon

Magdalena Ridge Road Closure

From the official web site for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory:

"Intensive road maintenance and repair, including cleaning out culverts, will commence on March 21. This is in preparation for the Single Telescope construction which will start on or about April 18. In consultation with Dennis Aldrich of the USFS, Forest Road 235 will be closed to the public on work days from March 21 until further notice. Work days currently are Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. The road is open during non-work hours and on weekends. In mid-April work days may be extended to six days per week, and hours may change. This site will be updated accordingly.

According to Rob Selina, site engineer for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, the guards were misinformed and work days do not include weekends, so the road is closed only on weekdays from 6 AM to 5 PM, and some Saturdays for the next 3 years and possibly much longer, depending upon how long the construction lasts.


Upcoming Races and Local Race Results

Run for your Life 5K

Registration forms are now available for our first annual Run for your Life 5K race and walk from our web site. The event will be held on April 16 at the Socorro City Pool. The 5K course is the same as the triathlon 5K course. Registrations will be accepted right up until the race but please spread the word!Some upcoming races are:

  • Sportz Outdoors Off-Road Triathlon - April 10th

  • First annual Run for your Life 5K - April 16th

  • MVTC Triathlon - April 17th

  • Tour of the Gila - April 27th - May 1

  • Cerillos del Coyote mountain bike race - April 30th

  • Run for the Zoo - May 1st

  • Atomic Man Triathlon - May 1st

Defined Fitness Duathlon

Stay tuned as we await results and any race reports. It was mentioned that they had snow!

Ironman Arizona

At least one SSR member survived the first annual Ironman Arizona in Tempe - they braved the heat, twisty course, and the amazing physical requirements for such a race. Congratulations E.P.!

  • HIGGS, E.P. in a total of 15:49:02, 267/290 in M40-44, with splits of 1:23:00 swim / 11:11 T1 /6:44:33 Bike / 9:26 T2/7:20:54 Run

Bataan Memorial Death March

Three SSR members made the trek down to White Sands Missile Range recently to enter the 2005 Bataan Memorial Death March. Your intrepid president, Robert Abernathy, in a show of false bravado, managed to overstrain his knees by mile 14 and was reduced to slogging out the course at a walking pace. Erika and Katrina Burleigh, running a more sensible pace, were able to run(!) by at the end and finish 24th and 25th place respectively in the light female category. Robert managed to hobble rather weakly across the finish line to take 69th place in the light male over forty category just a few minutes later. (In case you haven't figured it out, the light category refer to the weight carried by the participant.)

  • Erika Burleigh 5:30:32 24th of 238 Light female

  • Katrina Burleigh 5:30:34 25th of 238 Light female

  • Robert Abernathy 5:31:23 69th of 301 Light male over forty

Stealth Duathlon

Where else do you get to race past high tech airplanes, across runways, and through normally highly restricted land? Why at the Stealth Duathlon (and the triathlon in the fall). It was a little windy but the sun was out - making for a great race. The timing, however, was a different story. There was a lot of controversy as people's times were read. The placing seemed about right so that is all we will report in the Age Group results below:

  • Ephraim Ford 3rd (25-29)

  • Julie Ford 2nd (30-34)

  • Sandy Nolen 1st (40-44)

  • Urs Fitzi 1st (30-34)


Results of the 4th and Final Spring Handicap Series 5k

Way to go Cathy! She has recovered so well from n injury that she even surprised herself (and her estimate). Overall champion goes to Shingo Date who made improvement every race, staying ahead of his handicap and, ultimately, winning the series.

  • 1st Cathy "Sandbagger" Pfeifer

  • 2nd Shingo Date

  • 3rd Travis Newton

  • 4th Julie Ford

  • 5th Matt Perini

  • 6th Ephraim Ford

  • 7th Rheda Brown

For full results and standings of the 2005 Spring Handicap Series click HERE.

Previous Results: April, February, and January.



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!).
  • Cycling (MTB): Sunday 10 AM (no-drop), meet at Spoke-N-Word.
  • Running: Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8 AM Sundays .

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

The Next Hash will be on the 5th of May

We will meet at the new Socorro Springs Brewery at 6PM and in honor of Cinco de Mayo you MUST wear something sufficiently Cinco de Mayo-ish! Yes, nothing but a sombrero would suffice. This will be a wilderness hash and a flashlight will still be needed.

Read one of the Hash Trash reviews from March 2005's St. Patty's Hash, February 2005's Valentine's Day Hash, January 2005's Hash, December 2004 Red Dress Run, November 2004's, 2004's Halloween Hash, September, August, July, June, May, April, March 2004, February 2004, January 2004, December 2003's Red Dress Run Report, November 2003, or October 2003 Halloween Hash to see what hashing's about.



April 11th, 2005
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