Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Santa Fe Century rolls back into town

September 13 – The Santa Fe Century Bike Tour will feature a late return and a new venue for attendees.

The Century, which organizers boast of being the state’s largest cycling event, will celebrate its 35th edition on October 10 after the 2020 coronavirus pandemic canceled it. Instead of the old start / finish at the Christ St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, participants will begin and end their drives in the Railyard neighborhood. You will continue to have the familiar routes for the 25 mile, half century (50 mile) and century rides, as well as the timed Medio (50 mile) and Gran (100 mile) fondos.

“For over 35 years the Santa Fe Century has been a rite of passage for cyclists across the Southwest,” said Matt Piccarello, Century Executive Director, “from beginners to weekend warriors and ex-professionals, everyone loves to ride our beautiful routes, which meander through the Ortiz Mountains and the Galisteo Basin and now end in Santa Fe’s exciting art district Railyard. “

One change attendees will face is having strict guidelines on how to wear masks, including an obligation to wear masks when collecting their packages or goods.

Registration ends on October 3rd. Please visit santafecentury.com for more information.


The Santa Fe Striders announced their fellowship recipients for 2021 last week. They are reserved for cross-country and track and field students from the Santa Fe area. A total of $ 5,000, partially raised through the annual Corrida de Los Locos race, was distributed among four winners.

They are: Alicia Quintana, a recent Pojoaque Valley graduate, Lucas Rosas; a Monte del Sol graduate, Dylan Tapia; a Santa Fe high graduate; and Rafael Sanchez, formerly Los Alamos High School.

Quintana is attending the UNM and will study psychology. She was a four year old letter winner and captain of the Elkettes. Rosas ran for Capital’s track program. He will visit UNM.

Tapia is en route to New Mexico Tech to study mechanical engineering. He ran for the demons for four years. Sanchez goes to UNM to study biology. He was the captain of the Hilltoppers track and field and cross-country teams and won three track events in his senior year.

The story goes on


Frances Laurent, the youngest graduate of Los Alamos High, was named one of eight regional winners of the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarship, a USTA foundation charity award.

Winners are high school students or already enrolled college students who excelled in academics and tennis, athletes who have demonstrated strong leadership and community engagement skills. Two national recipients will each receive $ 10,000, while the regional winners will receive $ 5,000.

Laurent was 6-1 as a single player for Los Alamos in her senior year. She was 7-0 in doubles. She helped the Hilltoppers to a second place at the state tournament in June 2021.


Santa Fe was named the best city in the US for runners and outdoor sports, according to a study by experts from national equipment manufacturer Runners Need.

Among the results of the organization: Santa Fe is the seventh safest city based on a low crime rate. Runners also have access to open trails and parks, places that are relatively pollution-free.

The city supplanted Madison, Wisconsin; St. Petersburg, Florida; Annapolis, Maryland; and Toledo, Ohio.

The Runners Need study found that New York City is the worst place to be for runners. Los Angeles and Houston were just ahead of the Big Apple on the list.

Annapolis tops the charts as the study’s most active city based on events logged online. Orlando, Florida; Salt Lake City and Milwaukee are also at the top in this category.

The study was based on a combination of factors such as safety, traffic density, air quality and the number of public parks.


Congratulations to Las Vegas Robertson head coach Leroy Gonzalez on Friday’s 100th win with a 12-7 win over Ruidoso. While Gonzalez is starting his 12th year as head coach at the school, this is his 11th season as Robertson didn’t play in the shortened spring season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In those 11 years, he set a 100-34 record with a state title in 2013. Gonzalez also led Robertson to four consecutive 3A runner-up titles from 2015-18 and the program has had double-digit wins over the past six seasons.

In fact, Gonzalez’s record since 2014 is a remarkable 67-13. The irony in Robertson’s win over the Warriors is that he overtook his opponents 100-14 in three straight games after losing 34-8 at Santa Fe High.


The North American Hockey League was a thing in Santa Fe for a short time. From 2004-07, the Santa Fe RoadRunners called the Genoveva Chavez Community Center their home.

The team moved from the Dallas area to northern New Mexico and then fled after a dismal run at the Santa Fe hub turned ice hockey into a failed business. The RoadRunners moved to Topeka, Kan., Were renamed Topeka Pilots in 2018 and have since moved again. They are now the Amarillo Wranglers.

In a roundabout way, the RoadRunners return to the 505 in the form of a handful of street games against the New Mexico Ice Wolves. To add even more to the Santa Fe flavor (we know it’s a long haul), one of the Ice Wolves’ assistant coaches is Jared Brown. Brown was one of the original RoadRunners when the Lone Star Cavalry team became the Runners 17 years ago.

Amarillo will make four visits to Albuquerque’s Outpost Ice Arena during the 2021-22 NAHL season.


The New Mexico professional soccer team is trying to address the lack of referees across the state.

New Mexico United will hold a recruiting drive at the team’s pro shop in Albuquerque on Tuesday. The team invites community members to sign up for referee training.

Each person who enrolls for courses will receive a handheld flag from the United States and then receive two tickets to a future home game when they complete the certification process.

“There are so many incredible football programs for teenagers and adults across New Mexico, but in order for our children and communities to keep playing the beautiful game, they need referees,” said United owner and president Peter Trevisani. “Referee is a great way to stay active and make sure football continues to grow in our state.”


One of the premier golf events for women is taking place at a golf course near you.

The PGA of America announced earlier this week that Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo will host the Women’s PGA Cup from October 24-29, 2022.

The Women’s PGA Cup is an international event for PGA club professionals. The players are divided into teams according to their country of origin. The United States won the first Cup in 2019, which featured teams from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland and Sweden.

“We are excited to welcome the best women golf professionals from around the world to Twin Warriors and to beautiful New Mexico,” said Jim Richerson, President of the PGA of America. “The inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in 2019 was well received around the world, and the US team’s slim lead has shown that women’s football is rich in international talent, especially at the professional level.”

Each team again consists of five players and a captain. Every country has the opportunity to have its captain take the job. The three lowest scores for each team are counted after each round and the winning country has the lowest total of 54 holes.

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