Burton Krohn was only 4 seconds off his predicted time in the opening season of Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race April 7 on the Canyon Rim Trail. Other accurate predictors were Ted Romero at 5 seconds off, Sue Elkins recording a 6 second error, and Nikol Strother with an 8 second differential.
Lauraine Maness was the fastest finisher on the 1 mile course with a time of 9:23. The top male was Paul Elkins recording a 14:26. On the 1.5 mile course Tad Hughes had a 9:54 and Linda Vance was the fastest female at 14:15. Ted Romero was issued a time of 19:37 on the 3 mile course and Nikol Strother recorded a 20:00 time for top female.
Next week’s race is 6 p.m. today near the junction of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 down the Main Hill on the road to the County Waste Treatment Plant in lower Bayo Canyon. One and three mile courses will be available.
The Atomic City Road Runners Club is a family-oriented walking and running club that meets every Tuesday, April through October, for a pace race in which members predict their own time.
Anyone can choose to walk or run for one mile or three miles, and the slowest walker can be a winner if his or her finish time is closest to that predicted.
The first and last meetings are the Cooper Run, a 1.5 mile course to measure aerobic capacity. Using tables developed by Dr. Ken Cooper (which adjusts points for altitude, gender and age) joggers can determine present fitness and check again at the end of the season to measure improvement.
During the season, pace races are held on various streets and trails throughout Los Alamos County. Registration immediately precedes each run with 50 cent fee for members and students (high school age and below) and $1.50 for non-members.
Members who participate in at least 10 runs get a special club T-shirt at the end of the season (members who choose to sponsor a race receive double credit for that run).
The season culminates in November with the Annual CROP Walk/Turkey Trot sponsored in conjunction with CROP and LA Cares, two charity organizations. Turkeys and pumpkin pies are awarded by random drawing.
Dues are $20 for an individual and $30 for a family membership.
For more information, call 505.672.1639 or visit the Club’s website at www.atomicrunners.com.