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The Start of 2017!

The Dukes Track Club is ready to take on the new year with the Phoenix Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon and a spread of indoor races in Albuquerque!

Jesse Armijo, Zach Chenoweth, and Rebecca Pierre are running the full marathon, while Derek Heeger, and Matt and Carly Piccarello will be running the Half! Check out their results on Sunday January 15th.

Many of our athletes will be running the Open and College divisions at various indoor races at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Albuquerque's Indoor Track season begins with the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational on January 14th, and ends with the USATF Indoor Championships on March 3rd. Check out the indoor schedule and we hope to see you out there cheering on our athletes!
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Carlos Sanchez Race Report

Columbia Winery 10-K to benefit Seattle Childrens Hospital
August 20, 2016RACE report:
Greetings folks, this is my race report from this past week-end.As a person who doesn’t really race much I could not pass this one up, as I love kids, and anything to benefit them is always high on my list.I have three crusades: child education, child hunger, and child poverty.With me being in this area for business and a 10-K whispering in my ear, well I am the rat following a pied piper to a good cause.Plus to race at sea level—I’m in!!
Now most of you who know me (and few of you do, but I plan to change all of that), know I bring up the back of the pack.I’m more of a mule these days, dragging my butt to the ground and my belly in a wheel barrow.I have re-invented myself as a runner many times, from the age of 13-28, a long vacation from running between the ages of 28-42 (ate much, drank more, lounged often) then hit a resurgence at age 42.By then my fast years were a memory, …

Dukes Take on Summer 5k Road Races at Altitude!

Over the past few weeks, members of the Dukes Track Club have hit the local scene to take on various 5k road races! These summer races have allowed the Dukes to take advantage of the cool mornings and chase after some fast times. The Jim Thorpe Native American 5k National Championships and the Freedom Run 5k have both offered strong competition on a fast course! The Jim Thorpe 5k was held on June 25th at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnical Institute and the Freedom Run 5k was ran near Tingley Beach adjacent to the Rio Grande.

Jim Thorpe Native American 5k National Championships
Sal Perdomo - 15:34 - 2nd place
Brantley Lutz - 16:06 - 6th place
Justin Weins - 16:14 - 7th place
Phil Keller - 16:31 - 9th place
Zach Chenoweth - 17:23 - 14th place
Myles Kloer - 17:29 - 16th place
Jonathon Campbell - 18:34 - 21st place
Todd Hierlmaier - 18:44 - 23rd place
Mica Comstock - 19:46 - 32nd place

Dorota Gruca - 18:58 - 1st place (Women's Champion!)
Haley Butler-Moore - 22:05 - 52nd place

Rock n Roll San Diego - Race Report by Brantly Lutz

2016 has gone pretty well so far. I was excited to turn 40 last year and join the Master's rank, but I was fighting plantar fasciitis and upper hamstring tightness, so my racing was less than spectacular. I had been looking forward to my first master's marathon at the Medtronic Twin Cities marathon, but I only had a few really good weeks of training and it showed on race day. I think that disappointment gave me extra motivation to get it done while I can.
I've been doing a better job of working through those nagging aches and pains and have been fairly healthy this year. I got to run the Master's indoor championships right here in Albuquerque in March and finished 2nd in the 3k. Moving up to the half marathon distance which is more to my liking was the goal for the spring. I was feeling pretty good in training, and got a little carried away in a training session and strained my quad. Other than that small setback things were looking pretty good going into the master&#…

AAT All Comers Meet Race Report- Shihlin Lu

I had originally planned to end my track season earlier in May after a track meet in
Colorado, but an unexpected cancellation (which was then brought back on at the last
minute) of the women’s 3000m steeplechase event made me think: 1) accept the reality
or 2) find other track meets to extend my season throughout the end of May. It also
must have been fate that I was not meant to race that weekend because I was in the
midst of preparing to move; traveling to Colorado, racing, and moving the day after I
returned would have been a very stressful combination.

Steeplechase race opportunities are almost nonexistent in New Mexico (at least at the
open level). However, I was happy to find two more local track meets that offered the
3000m. This would still allow me to get accustomed to the steeplechase in terms of
distance, but without the huge hurdles and water barrier.

When I arrived to the track around 8am, there were already lots of people, tents, and
the 100m hurdles event in progress. …

Emma Wins the World's Toughest 10k!

Cool, calm and collected is how I came to the starting line. Fueled by the tacos from the previous night and with a five minute warm up jog under my belt, I was ready to make my race plan. That’s right, I made my plan three minutes before the gun went off. Maybe cool, calm and scatterbrained is a better way to put it.

My plan was to relax, pick some people off, and just generally kick the shit out of this mountain. I wasn’t terribly concerned with my time or my place (I didn’t even start my watch) but my goal was more personal; to feel something physically excruciating and have to dig for the mental toughness to conquer it.

The gun went off and I relaxed for the first half mile to ¾ mile. The go getters soon started to fade as they realized what they were in for, which meant it was my time to get moving. I picked up my pace and was propelled up the mountain as I surged to get from person to person. I hoped that someone would hold on and work with me, but hadn’t met my match yet. Around…

Dukes on the Road

The Dukes tackled the roads this weekend in New Mexico and Colorado. Our athletes raced at the Urban 10 Miler, ABQ Brew Dash, and the Kirtland Air Force Base Armed Forces Half Marathon.

Myles Kloer placed 2nd in the Urban 10 Miler in Denver, Colorado. Myles finished in 59:38, after coming through 4 miles at 5:13 pace.

The Dukes placed 1-6 in the ABQ Brew Dash, a local 5k that highlights Albuquerque's blossoming craft beer scene. Jeremy Johnson took 1st in 15:44. Sal Perdomo was 2nd in 16:29 and Jesse Armijo finished 3rd in 16:54. Zach Chenoweth, Chris Peverada, and Matt Piccarello rounded out top-6. Carly Piccarello finished 7th on the women's side in 24:16.

Congrats to PJ Rodriguez and Joel Yancey for battling the wind and finishing 1st and 2nd in the Kirtland Air Force Base Armed Forces Half Marathon!

The Dukes enjoying some local brews!

Myles excited after his 2nd place finish!