We meet at 9am at Alameda Open Space with the other NMTS members for the usual Sunday ride but we vary the route.
FYI to all:
The organizers of the Duke City Marathon are looking rather urgently for support from the bicycle community. They are in need of cyclists who can lead each of the running races (roller skaters will lead the walking races) and also escort the lead female who will be back in the pack in each race. There will be a marathon, half marathon, 10K run, and 5K run. There also is a relay marathon which I think they are treating as a separate race in terms of bike support. So my guess is that there will be a need for at least 10 cyclists to lead and escort the lead female runner in each of the races. Doubling up on some assignments is a possibility if there are cyclists to spare.
The date of the event is Sunday, October 16, with the first of the races starting at 7 a.m. All the races start downtown near the Convention Center and follow an out-and-back course. All of them leave downtown westbound on Roma and southbound on Laguna to Kit Carson. The 5K turns around on Kit Carson. The other races continue to Tingley Beach and the bosque bike path. The 10K goes south (more or less) on the bike path and turns around near Rio Bravo. The marathon and half marathon go north on the bike path. The half marathon turns around near the Rio Grande Nature Center. The marathon continues north to Paseo del Norte, turns east along the bike path parallel to Paseo, and turns around in the vicinity of Jefferson. These are general descriptions; riders will get more detailed instructions and probably ought to plan on riding the course at least once in advance.
If helping is possible, I’d suggest contacting directly the organizing committee member who is in charge of obtaining bike support:Cecelia Niemczyk
The October 17 th meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Trek Superstore. Amanda Gabaldon, Program Coordinator for Project Heart Start, will be the presenter. Project Heart Start (PHS) is a non-profit dedicated to saving lives through education. The program will include a 12 minute video that demonstrates how to perform compression-only CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the Heimlich Maneuver. Interested members can participate in a 15-30 minute hands-on session with a mannequin to learn how to perform chest compressions.
Several Club members have already received this training. We encourage all Club members to take advantage of this opportunity to learn simple but highly effective life-saving techniques. Since PHS is funded solely by donations, the Board has approved a $100 donation for this training. Additional donations are welcomed but not required. If you intend to participate in the hands-on training, you will need to RSVP to Cindy Sommers at email@example.com no later than October 12 th . We need a head-count so Amanda can supply enough mannequins and program hand-outs. Also, since the Trek floor is concrete, you may want to bring something to pad your knees.
Please remember, trained CPR providers helped to save the life of a NMTS member just a few months ago. Just a few weeks ago, at the end of the Sunday ride, some of us witnessed another cyclist who was receiving CPR after he collapsed on the Bosque Trail. If you are able, please try to take advantage of this life-saving training opportunity.