Three local athletes covering a spectrum of age groups continue to represent the Meadow City in a series of area distance running events.
Tony Gallegos and Howard Dunbar braved cold temperatures, high winds, and a sandy course at the 10-mile portion of the Shamrock Shuffle held Sunday morning in Rio Rancho. Gallegos covered the course in a time of 1:18:04, which was good for an overall 17th place and fifth in his age group. Dunbar finished in 1:35:58 to finish 53rd overall and third in his age group.
In the 5K race Joseph Montaño galloped to a 17th overall finish in a time of 23:52 that was good for a third place age division medal. The run helps prime Montaño — a member of the Memorial Middle School track team — for the upcoming track season.
The Shamrock Shuffle is a race that drew runners from Las Angeles to New York. The winner of the 10-mile race was Santa Fean Kevin Brennan, who blistered the course in a time of 1:03:17. Justin Ogle finished the 5K in 19:23
The trio also ran in the Pecos Valley Stampede, a 13.2 mile half -marathon race Feb. 27 in Roswell.
Gallegos took seven overall and fourth in his age group with a time of 1:36:12. Montaño took 22nd overall and first in his age group with a time of 1:53:55. And Dunbar won in his age group posting a 1:55:08.
Gallegos’ next race will be the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19. Dunbar plans to compete in a triathlon the weekend of April 17 in Las Vegas. Montaño’s next road race will be the Albuquerque Half Marathon on April 17.
Gallegos lives in Española but has family and a home in Las Vegas. Dunbar is a retired farmer and construction worker; he is often seen riding his bicycle around San Miguel County. And Montaño is an eighth-grader at MMS.