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Race results, SWCS changes, and more! 

Last Handicap Series 5k is THIS Thursday!

Our next meeting is on the 9th of May

2005 Statewide Race Calendar
2006 Statewide Race Calendar
2006 Cerrillos del Coyote
2006 Cerrillos del Coyote Mountain Bike Race
2005 Southwest Challenge Series
2006 Spring Handicap Series
2005 Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon
2004 Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Upcoming Races and Local Race Results

  • Spring Handicap 5k #4 April 20th @ the NMT pool
  • Owl Bar Run (NMT Gym) - May 5th

Cerrilos del Coyote MTB Race Results

Click on the logo to the left to catch up on how the 2006 Cerrillos del Coyote (4/15)went. Or, if you are lazy, you can just open up the 2006 Results (PDF).

Way to go Willie, Ligia, and Richard for winning your categories! Richard's finish must have been exciting as he won by a mere two seconds.

Wind Triathlon, err, Aquathlon Race Report

Bill sprints to the finish in the Run For Your Life 5k

Yikes! WSMR was the site of some really strong winds on Saturday morning (4/15). I estimated them to be to about a steady 25 mph with gusts around 50! It made the Mt. Taylor bike descent look easy.

Signs were getting blown around, people were being sand-blasted, and bike racks (with $10,000 + in bikes on them) were being knocked over. After a brief discussion, the organizers canceled the bike leg and extended the run leg. For what it's worth, the run course was later measured in our truck to be 4.25 miles, or just under a 7k. The swim stayed 400m long.

To give you an idea of how strong the winds winds were, let me tell you that my feet were being knocked into each other, drafting packs formed, and, at one point, my cheeks & gums were flapping - and I wasn't even talking! That said, Julie and I did pretty well as the bikeless course worked to our advantage. I scanned in the full results here (465k).
  • Ephraim Ford - 5th overall of 40, 2/4 in M25-29
30:53 - 8:33 (includes T1) : 39:20
  • Julie Ford - 2nd overall of 24, 1/3 in F30-34
34:28 - 8:43 (includes T1) : 43:11

New Clydesdale Classification in SWCS!

This just in: The Southwest Challenge Series Clydesdale division will be split into 40 + and 39 & below. As always, you can check out the current SWCS standings on John Leroy's page.

Defined Fitness Duathlon

Full results for the 5k/30k/5k Du are on the TriSportCoaching website, though I can only spot one local who did the event:

Robert "Anything less than 26.2 miles is easy" Abernathy:
(M45-49) 26:28 - 53:07 - 29:57 TOTAL 1:49:32

Gallup Dawn 'til Dusk MTB Endurance Race

The 12 hour Dawn 'til Dusk race in Gallup was this past weekend and was heavily attended by Socorroans. Full results will be posted on their website, but preliminary results for most locals are as follows:

Helen Wheels (Ligia Ford, Erica Burleigh, Katrina Burleigh, and Heather Shannon):
1/2 in "Female Teams of Four" with 7 laps in 10:55

Blown a Seal (Craig Altare, Karl Frisch):
9/22 in "Male Duos" with 8 laps in 10:54

The Scathing Netherlandophiles (Peter van Moorsel, Isaac Burleigh):
15/22 in "Male Duos" with 7 laps in 10:11

Beer Engines (Richard Nelson, Antonio Chavarria, August Breichaupt, and David Vaughn):
12/15 in "Male Teams of Four" with 7 laps in 11:40

Mark Dombrowski:
17/18 in "Singlespeed" with 3 laps in 10:22

Mark Bottjer:
56/58 in "Male Solo", with 2 laps in 10:22

Preliminary Results (Excel format) - thanks to Mark Bottjer

Run For Your Life 5k

We had 19 runners in the 2nd annual Run For Your Life 5k. That included quite a few running their first 5k! Way to go and special thanks to Bill, Matt, Robert, and Rotary for providing great volunteers.

Bill sprints to the finish in the Run For Your Life 5k


1st Kendrick Walter 19:48 (1st overall)
2nd Bryan Horvat 22:24 (1st 5k, 4th overall)

1st Ephraim Ford 20:16 (2nd Overall)

1st Walter Brisken 25:54 (1st 5k)

1st Hichem Ben Frej 23:10 (1st 5k, 5th overall)

1st Robert Abernathy 35:51

1st Bill Holmes 31:20


1st Jayme Margolin 26:39

1st Veronica Burleson 28:19
2nd Sarah Velasquez 30:39 (1st 5k!)
3rd Lynne Harris 30:39
4th Masha Karamy 35:49

1st Julie Ford 22:10 (3rd Overall)
2nd Krystalyn Tullis 29:35
3rd Patricia Frisch 30:06  (1st 5k!)

1st Paula Metzner 28:54
2nd Kate Burleigh 29:45
3rd Barbara Martinez 29:46

1st Rheda Brown 38:19

MVTC Triathlon

It was a beautiful early April day for racing in Las Cruces as around a half-dozen members competed in the MVTC triathlon. While it takes a while to get actual times out of the officials, here are our preliminary results.

  • Pete Van Moorsel - ~6th? in M20-24
  • Jayme Margolin - 2nd* in F25-29
  • Steven Montoya - 2nd* in M25-29
  • Ephraim Ford - 4th* in M25-29
  • Julie Ford - 1st in F30-34, ~5th overall
  • Robert Abernathy - 6th in M45-49
  • Rheda Brown - 3rd in F55-59

    (*  place AFTER overall race winner was removed from this age group)

Coyote Classic MTB race

Clayton, Craig, Ligia & Karl raced the "ripping" course at Franklin Mountain State Park near El Paso. The lengths depended on the category but the entire event was well-run despite a slow awards ceremony.

  • Clayton Snieder - 1st in Beginner Men's
  • Craig Altare - 6th Sport Men 19-29
  • Ligia Ford - 1st in Sport Women 
  • Karl Frisch - 8th in Pro Expert 40-49

Umpteenth Annual Owl Bar Run (May 5th)

This is a Tech tradition, not a Striders and Riders event.  You may walk, run, or bike your way from the NM Tech gym to the Owl bar.  This is not a timed event and there is no time limit, but the van that carries participants back the the gym leaves the bar at 6 PM.  Water is provided every 2 miles along the route and the distance is approximately 13 miles.  Sign up at the Tech gym the day of the event.


2006 Spring Running Series

2006 Spring Running Series

The Spring Handicap Series is ENDING on April 20th! This last race starts at the NMT pool at 6PM in the evening and ends at the Ford's  house (just south of the NMT campus) for a dinner. Please contact Ephraim or Julie for information on what you can bring to the dinner (as you know, we already have the hot dogs covered!).

Photo of Julie E. starting the first 5k

Three races under our belt and 1 more to go. Thanks to everyone for helping in the turnout and thanks to Robert for running and hosting the brunch!

Full results for race 1 are in this document, results from race 2 are here, and the current standings are here. Jayme is crushing the competition with 21 points, 9 ahead of the constantly improving Ryan.

Runner Hcap Place Actual New HCap
Ligia Ford 108.0 1 0:26:57 95.0
Fred Yarger 116.0 2 0:29:54 107.0
Jason Brooks 120.0 3 0:30:05 108.0
David Romero 71.5 4 0:20:24 62.0
Ryan Halton 58.0 5 0:19:21 55.0
Jayme Margolin 96.0 6 0:26:59 95.0
Julie Ford 74.0 7 0:22:28 73.5
Jan Sramek 105.0 8 0:29:35 105.0
Bill Holmes 120.0 9 0:32:30 117.0
Ephraim Ford 60.5 10 0:21:26 60.5
Rheda Brown 120.0 11 0:39:32 120.0


The Next Hash will be on the 4th of May

Just Seth & Just Berta are the hares (I believe). You have to wear a Full-windsor knotted tie. Please don't ask.

Read one of the Hash Trash reviews, such as February's, January's, or the one from the Red Dress Run in December. Or go further back and read the trash from November, The HALLOWEEN Hash, 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.

SSR Classifieds

Feel free to ask me about posting Want To Buy, Want to Sell, or Want To Trade items


  • Race bikes: Both are road race bikes with Time Trial bars added.
    46 cm custom built
    56" Serotta with Tri-Spoke wheels
    Make offer to Pat or Catharine 838-1110



Important USAT News

USAT recently sent out a newsletter detailing some important rules & fees changes & a new series.

Your race age will be based on your age at the end of the year, the youth membership fee is reduced, and a Grand Prix Series is starting, including a race in Arizona.

Click here for the whole letter. 


Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro

These are not SSR-sponsored club events!


  • Cycling (Road): Monday, Wednesday AND Friday at NOON!, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot (not very regular!).
  • Cycling (MTB): Saturday 10 AM (Girls only!), meet at Spoke-N-Word.
  • 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.

April 17th, 2006
Previous Update: April 11th, 2006
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