Four locals shine in 'Locos' race

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Four Las Vegas-area natives braved thick mud and brisk mid-winter weather to represent the Meadow City in this past weekend’s Corrida de los Locos.

Corrida de los Locos, held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe golf course, is a 5.8-mile race that has become an annual tradition.

• Longtime Las Vegan Tony Gallegos, now a resident of Española, placed sixth overall with a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds. Gallegos, 46, finished third in his age group. Gallegos retains strong ties to the Meadow City, which is home to much of his family members.

• Joseph Montaño, 14, an eighth grade student at Memorial Middle School, placed ninth overall with a time of 46:49. That time was second fastest in his age group, trailing only 15-year-old Shawn Gabaldon (fifth overall in 42:32).

• San Miguel County Magistrate Judge Philip Romero, 56, ran 14th overall and fourth in his age group with a 50:34. Romero is a veteran of area distance runs — and of mid-winter acts of courage, having completed another Storrie Lake Polar Bear Plunge to kick off the new year.

• Another Las Vegan, Geraldine Romero, 54, finished 24th overall and second in her age group with a time of 1:08:20.

“The course was snow packed with patches of mud through out,” said Mike Montaño, who supplied the Optic with race results.

Santa Fean Mike Ehrmantraut, 41, won the overall run in 33:55.