Thursday, April 3, 2014

Santa Fe Girls on the Run

The primary beneficiary of each year's race are the Girls on the Run chapter of Santa Fe. Our local Girls chapter is headed up by the intrepid Alice Temple (a runner who has casually mentioned to some of us that she had once bandited Boston). Alice has built the local GOTR program to nine programs in eight area elementary schools. The Girls mission is to instill confidence, leadership, and the importance of setting goals through running. Ideals any runner can rally behind.

The Run Around is the spring graduation event for the many young women in the program and Alice expects the Girls turnout from last year's approximately 100 runners, to increase by nearly a third. Magnificent, yes? She's supported of course by several dozen selfless volunteers and adult 'running buddies' who partner with each girl through their graduation runs.

The Run Around has generated nearly $15,000 toward the Girls on the Run program over the last three years which we hope to build on they continue to build on their success. Another stellar reason to get out and enjoy a May morning in downtown Santa Fe, along the river and around the Plaza. Test one's self against the field of runners and energetic groups of young women from Girls on the Run, or walk the 5K with friends and family. Register now and set your fitness goals for May 17th and the approaching summer season.

And of course, one doesn't need to participate in May's Run Around to support the young women of Girls on the Run. Send along a contribution and note of support here, or inquire about volunteering or assisting in coaching duties in their after-school programs.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Date Set for 2014 Santa Fe Run Around

Our event permit has been approved and the date is set for the 36th edition of the Santa Fe Run Around - Saturday May 17th, 2014, 8am start. Registration is $25, $22 for Striders Club members, and just $5 for runners/walkers 19-under.

Registration is open at newmexicosportsonline and In-person registration will soon be available at the Running Hub and flyers available for download.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Further Results - 2013 Santa Fe Run Around

Santa Fe's Ben Fletcher
Okay, catching up on how everything went down on Saturday. We saw a lot of happy people, a lot of people getting after it, really pushing themselves and putting in some work on that deceptively tough incline up Alameda. We saw a lot of ladies in pink out with their friends and buddies, completing their graduation event after several weeks of group runs leading up to this. We saw a lot of folks participating in the 5K walk who were also fantastic cheerleaders and motivation builders for those trying to hold pace. We even saw some little people towing around their parents from their stroller seats. Love the ambition.

In general, we saw a lot of people and that's partly because we saw a 30% increase in finishers from last year's race. I know we had more Girls on the Run participants (105 ladies in pink!), and we had an increase of more than 50% in our 19-under age groups. Terrific momentum we'll see if we can carry into next year.

Alright then, let's break down our finisher's list:
In the 5K, Santa Fean Ben Fletcher defended his title, winning his fourth career Run Around championship in a swift 16min 58sec; Los Alamos' Roy Collins ran runner-up (19:26), and Santa Fean Eduardo Ochoa ran third in (20:24). Local Marianne Kos claimed the championship platter in the women's overall in a time of 21:33. She was chased home by Santa Fe's Katie Gordon in second (22:11), and Taylor Bacon in third (22:22). Taylor, incidentally, ran to two state championships and a runner-up last week for Desert Academy at the NM State Track & Field Championships. Outstanding that she could make it out to compete at the Run Around as an encore. Masters champions were Marianne and Pena Blanca's Tino Pacheco (21:19).

Over in the 10K, a trio of locals lead by Francisco Romero swept the podium spots, Romero claiming this year's title in 37min 56sec, Gray Lloyd runner-up (38:19), and Antonio Lopez in third (38:43).  Albuquerque runner Ruth Senior (an All-American while at UNM) ran to the women's overall in (40:09), followed by defending champion Liz Lopez of Santa Fe in second (43:56), and Santa Fe's Medora Allison in third (47:55).  Masters champions were Ted Romero of Los Alamos in (40:16) and Santa Fe's Laura Bacon (50:27). The Bacon family taking names it seems.

Luminaries and Names of Note
There are of course several hundred other names in the results' lists and I thought I should pull a few out to highlight the credentialed athletes and other names of note: The one collegiate All-American, Ruth Senior; Several prior NM state champions including Taylor Bacon (5K), Antonio Lopez (10K), Kiara Glover (5K), and Maria Prentice[Moriarity] (10K); 2:25 marathoner Ben Fletcher; Champion area marathoner Marianne Kos; Top area marathoner Amanda Cola; Long-time area greats Chris Chavez, Alice Temple, Vince Hesch, Ted Freeman, Ted Williams, and Ed Scott. We even see a few representatives from the city making it count, including City Director of Public Works Isaac Pino and city attorney Geno Zamora. And of course the many Striders Club members, graduates of our Running 101 program, and several runners that came up from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Espanola, and as far away as Highlands Ranch, CO.

Terrific run by everyone. We hope to see you out again next May!

Max was photographing the event and has uploaded his images to the Striders Smug Mug page where you can browse and purchase photos of the race - and several other area races from the last year. Max is awesome and you should definitely give him a high-five if you see him out. You're awesome Max!


Saturday, May 18, 2013


Fine job to everyone - Runners, walkers, all the Girls in Pink today and their awesome buddies and coaches, to our fantastic group of volunteers, Santa Fe Rotary, Jim Owens our race director, and to our many wonderful sponsors that help us pull this together each year.

We had a terrific turnout of runners today. A beautiful morning to be outside. Photos and a race commentary to come, but for now -


 - 10K by Age Group

Note:  We've been notified of at least one correction in the results and think it's likely there may be one or two more minor fixes. In their current form they should be considered preliminary results (as of 5/20).

Additional Note:  Any age-group winners that did not receive their trophy-cup after the race may pick them up at The Running Hub.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Evening Before...

It's actually two days before the race but things are building to a point here, so a few last minute items: Online registration is closed as of today at noon. In person registration is ongoing at The Running Hub today and tomorrow, as well as race day registration on the Plaza from 700-745am. Packet pickup will be operating tomorrow from noon to 530pm at The Running Hub. Come by and save yourself a bit of time and hassle on Saturday morning. Chat it up with a few of our volunteers, and check out the season's new shoes and running gear.

The Kids K is scheduled for 930am-ish, two whole laps around the Plaza. There is no cost but registration forms (waivers) need to be filled out before race time for each runner.

What else? Striders logo shirts, visors, and caps will be available for Club members that haven't yet received them. For those who want an extra because of their awesomeness, or for thoughtful gifts, or for non-members who need the newest and latest gear, arrangements can be made to purchase them. I'm not certain whether we'll be set up to sell them on the spot but stop by the table and inquire within.

Remember that parking meters begin ticking at 8am. Bring enough coins to load a couple of hours on that thing ($2). There's also the city parking garages two blocks west on San Francisco St, a block south on Water St, two blocks north at the Santa Fe Convention Center, or two blocks east at Alameda and St. Francis Cathedral.

The weather looks to be perfect on Saturday morning. The field looks to be well above our average turn-out; We've got a count of about 100 Girls on the Run participants according to Alice and Marissa; We've got eleven plus Running 101 graduates set to line up; We look forward to seeing you all out there and best of luck to all who toe the starting line!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Highlight on two of our New Race Sponsors

This year's Run Around has attracted the support of several new sponsors. All of our wonderful sponsors help shoulder the upfront event costs of the Run Around, along with the Club. We in turn like to showcase their community spirit and their business.

New Mexico Sport Aviation is new to our sponsors team this year. Based out at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, the company offers sport pilot training, licensing programs, and lessons which make a terrific gift for anyone that just wants to get up in the air and see Santa Fe from above. A mention of this year's Run Around even landed on their pilots' news feed. We strongly approve.

Santa Fe Fitness Bootcamp is another outstanding addition to the sponsor team. Located at 909 Early St.
(behind Dunkin' Donuts, another long-time supporter of the Striders and the Run Around), Santa Fe Fitness Bootcamp specializes in conditioning, core work, and mega-fitness. There's your instant solution to fading cross-training motivation, or a jump-start to a new training cycle.

Hope to see you all out on the Plaza May 18th. If you (and your friends) have yet to register there's still time, and as always remember to make it a point to support the businesses who support Santa Fe running.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Past Iterations of the Run Around Course

Santa Fe Run Around course map - 1986 
The Run Around has been 'around' for a while (pun intended), but for logistical and other minor event-planning reasons the course has ranged all over Santa Fe's downtown. In fact, the first seven years of the race, 1979-1985, the race was run on a slightly different course each year. Consistently in-consistent you might say.

1986 was the first year in which the same course was used in back-to-back outings, a cool map insert from an old issue of the Striders' MileMarkers is pictured at left. The route climbed Camino Monte Sol to the south, then headed east to St John's College, then back down Camino Cabra and the return to the Plaza. Not too different from the old, Old Santa Fe Trail Run that ran on the Monday of Fiestas Week. Start and finish was on the south side of the Plaza.

What about the 5K course? There was none. Back in the day when runners knocked out fifty-mile weeks in cutoff jean shorts and tube socks there was just one all-comers race, the 10K. Check out the updated Results Archive to see the names of a few of the champions from those early races.