Monday, May 19, 2014


A terrific morning on Saturday. Glad to have had so many people out, a marvelous group of volunteers from the Striders and Santa Fe Rotary, and the energetic group from Girls on the Run. A special thanks goes out to our dedicated event sponsors and the City of Santa Fe, as well as the race beneficiary - the Santa Fe chapter of Girls on the Run.

Race and age-group results had been posted to the Striders website this weekend - albeit somewhat hard to locate without a link on the Home page. We've re-posted them below:

  5K Overall - 328 finishers from 8 states
  5K by Age Group

  10K Overall - 72 finishers from 5 states and the District of Columbia
  10K by Age Group

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Race Weekend is Here

A beautiful weekend lays ahead for the 36th annual Santa Fe Run Around! Saturday's forecast calls for clear skies and morning temps in the 40s-50s. Couldn't be a nicer morning for a run around downtown Santa Fe with several hundred friends.

We will have race-day registration and packet pickup setup from 700am-745am on the north side of the Plaza. We expect a fairly large turnout compared with recent years, so plan to give yourself enough time to find parking and visit the registration table. Last minute runners, walkers, kids 1K are encouraged to come out and enjoy the day with the rest of us. Don't overlook pre-paying your parking through 1000am to fend off any unwanted 'awards'.

We have confirmed with Mariachi Conquistador to have music on the Plaza Bandstand from 830am-930am. Like you, we know that everything is better with Mariachi. We also have forty-odd raffle prizes from our generous sponsors to give out after the awards ceremony, including:  A one hour flight lesson from New Mexico Sport Aviation, gift certificates to Santa Fe Bar & Grill, a pass to Fitness Bootcamp Santa Fe, gift certificates to The Running Hub, and more.

Come out Saturday, bring a friend, knock out a few miles and enjoy a summer morning on the Plaza.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Packet Pickup

One item we're receiving several questions about is packet pickup. As in previous years, this is the setup:  Race day registration and packet pickup will be available 645-745am, by the Plaza Band-Stand. Early bird packet pickup (and last minute registration) will be available Friday the 16th at The Running Hub from noon to 530pm.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tracking New Mexican Runners at Boston - 2014

It's Patriot's Day, and the 118th running of the Boston Marathon! A more beautiful Monday morning simply does not exist.

In the spirit of this spring racing season, and the lead-up to May 17th here on the Plaza, we have pulled together a tracking list of Santa Fe area runners heading out from Hopkinton into Boston today. The list below ought to include all runners from Santa Fe and Los Alamos. We found no entrants from Taos, Espanola, or Las Vegas. We've added a couple of gamers that we like to follow including Albuquerque's Ken Gordon and Kathy Kirsling.

We'll be updating the tracking list as the race progresses. This morning's starting list shows 86 runners from the state of New Mexico (last year's race totaled 80).

Many of today's runners are returning from last year's Boston, tied to the events of that day. We're sending positive thoughts to all of them and wish them the strength and clearness-of-mind to transcend this day.

Are we missing someone? Let us know.
Elite leaderboard up here
Boston livestreaming can be found here (@ 930am ET)

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!