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The Christmas Party is now scheduled 

for December 18th at Rheda's!

2005 Statewide Race Calendar
2005 Statewide Race Calendar
2004 Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta
2005 Southwest Challenge Series
2005 Fall Running Series
2005 Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon

Upcoming Races and Local Race Results

  • Polar Bear Triathlon

  • Saturday, December 10th

Southwest Championship Series

The 2005 season is over for the world’s oldest Triathon and Duathlon series. Socorro athletes can be proud this year, there are 4 champions in our midst. Ephraim Ford so dominated his age group with 69.75 points that none dared to challenge him. Julie Ford took second in her age group with 72.25 points, although there is no shame to finishing second to Shanna Armstrong. Rheda Brown finished second of the Athena category with 49 points. Christian Krueger took third in the Elite category with 51.125 points (7 races). Matt Perini was pushed into fourth in his age group with 52.375 points in just the last few races. Matt’s age group was tough, with a total of 8 qualifiers with 8 or more races, more than any other group. Robert Abernathy qualified in the same group, finishing 8th with 37.125 points. (Yes, I know I was last, you don’t have to point it out. And, yes, I did have the lowest point total of any 8 race qualifier, how clever of you to notice.) Final results are here.

The Invitation to the Awards Banquet

Dear Competitor,

The Southwest Challenge Series congratulates you for your efforts for the 2005 season and thanks you for your support and participation.

We hope you will join your fellow athletes at the awards banquet to be held Saturday, December 10, 2005 in El Paso at the Officer’s Club on Fort Bliss. Following last year’s successful and popular precedent, this year’s banquet will once again be a formal affair. Tuxedo is preferred, coat & tie acceptable. The dinner will be buffet style featuring a choice of roast pork loin or sesame chicken teriyaki. The cost Per Person will be $25.00, half price for children under twelve. This includes your dinner, the awards ceremony, and dancing until 1 AM. There will be a CASH bar that opens at 6PM. Dinner served at seven. This is the same evening as the Polar Bear triathlon, which will be held earlier in the day at White Sands. Base passes will be handed out at the post race meal. Checks need to be sent promptly to Zarina Lyle, made out to “Southwest Challenge Series, Inc.”. The address is:

James Arthur Lyle & Assoc

Attn: Southwest Challenge Series, Inc.

720 Arizona

El Paso, TX 79912

You do not have to be an award winner to attend. This affair is open to all Series participants, their spouses/friends and family. Please be sensitive to our need for a final head count no later than December 4. It is vitally important that you RSVP your intentions and number of guests as soon as possible by e-mail to Mark Balsiger ( and or Zarina Lyle at or by phone to Zarina at 915-542-3100.

We worked hard to secure a date coincidental to the Polar Bear in hopes that many of you from out of town will be able to stay the evening in El Paso. Last year was a grand time and this year promises to be especially poignant as we honor our very special Sportsmanship award winning duo of John Stermer and Kathy Ritz, both of whom are extraordinary profiles in courage

We are very excited about seeing everyone strut their stuff in their finest attire and look forward to celebrating the end of this great season with you all.

2005 Fat Tire Fiesta

The annual off-road bicycle festival was held over the weekend of September 16-18. There were a total of 62 participants, exceeding expectations. Many positive comments about the rides with high expectations for next year. The committee is already working on the new schedule. And the M Mountain ride will be back, with (we can only hope) a slightly easier approach to the peak

Intrepid M Mountain bikers

Intrepid M Mountain bikers

The view from the top of M Mountain

The view from the top of M Mountain


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.


2005 Fall Running Series

2005 Fall Running Series

Photo of Sydney finishing the last 5k

Well it is over! Congratulations to the winners but don't forget we will have another series in the Spring. So don't eat too much fruitcake.

Participant Current Place Average Time Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4

MALE 20-34            
Ephraim Ford
1st 20'51 21'19  - 20'59 20'43
Nick Smallridge
2nd 21'31  - 21'55  - 21'06
Brad Dotson
3rd 23'25 24'00  22'50  -  
Remke Van Dam
4th 23'27 25'08 24'22 23'14 23'39
Peter Van Moorsel
5th 24'07  - 24'32 23'43 25'30
David Romero
NQ 22'08 22'08  -  -  
Robert Baca
NQ 23'12 23'12  -  -  
Jordan Martinez
NQ 26'17  -  -  - 26'17
Jason Brooks
NQ 30'29  -  -  - 30'29
FEMALE 20-34            
Sydney Ryan
1st 22'54  - 23'03  - 22'45
Julie Ford
2nd 23'55 24'35  - 23'15 24'48
Tiffany Charlie
3rd 25'52  -  - 25'59 25'45
MALE 35-54            
Robert Abernathy
1st 24'19 25'23  - 23'41 24'57
Matt Perini
2nd 25'25 26'07  - 24'45 28'01
Kevin Wedeward
3rd 28'34 31'42 29'41 27'46 29'22
Travis Newton
4th 29'13 31'39 29'11 29'15  
Fred Yarger
5th 32'40  - 33'12 32'09  
Shingo Date
NQ 21'35 21'35  -  -  
Jan Kleissl
NQ 23'45  -  -  - 23'45
Gustaaf Van Moorsel
NQ 23'52  -  - 23'52  
Joe McMullin
NQ 24'15 24'15  -  -  
FEMALE 35-54            
Rheda Brown
1st 38'10 40'47 40'05 37'59 38'20
MALE 55 & UP            
Gerry Strathman
1st 25'51 26'21  - 25'21  
Bill Brundage
2nd 28'46 32'11 29'08 28'24  
Pat Roache
3rd 31'44  -  - 31'55 31'33
FEMALE 55 & UP            
Jan Sramek
1st 30'21  -  - 31'27 30'55
Linda Giesen
2nd (NQ) 29'32 29'32  -  -  
Lynette Napier
3rd (NQ) 35'42  -  - 35'42  


The Next Hash will be on the 17th of November

Nothing... and Second Hand are the hares

Read one of the Hash Trash reviews from Early October, September 2005's Hash, August 2005's Tech Dress-up Hash, July 2005's Hash, June 2005's Hash, May 2005's Cinco De Mayo Hash, April 2005's Spring Forward Hash, 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.



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