A new fall season kicked off for the Striders and Riders organization as they hosted the annual 5K/1 mile Run for Your Life on September 21. A total of 76 competitors made it out to the plaza for the 8:30 a.m. start.
The event was in conjunction with the Socorro Presbyterian Hospital to help promote health and fitness for all ages. Beth Beers works with Presbyterian’s Community Outreach Program and was one of the main figures putting together this particular run.
“We want a fun family activity that supports health and wellness,” she said. “The purpose is to help people get into a habit of exercising and eating healthy for all ages. It’s also about community togetherness. Getting people off of their electronic devices and doing something positive for their body and soul.”
After taking off just south of the plaza, runners headed west around a neighborhood course that winded its way through the New Mexico Tech Campus.
The Tech Running Club was out on the course with 11 members competing. Always participating in local races, the group also travels to running events all over New Mexico. Luis Contreras, a PhD student in physics, is the unofficial head of the club.
“We’ve been able to grow this club over the past few years,” he said. “I try to encourage people to dream big and run as much as we can. This is a fun group and we did very well today."
Brian Kirk is a member of the Tech running team. Also a student studying in the Tech graduate program as well as part time soccer referee for local high school games, this was his first 5K in Socorro.
“This was a lot of fun,” he said. “Being my first year with the running club I can tell you the group is awesome. This was a great morning to get out there and go for a run.”
If students want to get involved with the Tech club send an email to not.track.club.gmail.com to be placed on the team list.
After the race runners were able to enjoy food and beverages at the plaza farmers market. All proceeds from the event went towards Community Outreach Programs at Presbyterian Hospital. Next up for the Striders and Riders is their Halloween 5K on October 26 where people are encouraged to run in costume.
Top Finishers Men’s; Hunter Zuni at 20:10.00. Joseph Ulbrich at 20:24.00. Paulo Escalona at 21:12.00.
Top Finishers Women’s; Beth Cadol at 20:27.00, Kirsten Arnell at 21:28.00. Karol Escalona at 23:20.00.