With an average of 294 sunny days a year, it’s no surprise that southern New Mexico attracts outdoor enthusiasts. There’s nothing quite like going for an early morning run or ride and watching the sun rise over the Organ Mountains while listening to wildlife wake up.
There are plenty of trails and parks where you can run and bike on your own, but there are also several groups and clubs in southern New Mexico that you can join to make new friends, build community, and share your love of the outdoors.
Check out these organizations that make it easy to connect with the running and biking community.
More than just fun events, this organization also advocates making Las Cruces a more cycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly environment. Check out their website for more information on organized rides, educational resources, or becoming a member.
Bike and Chowder
Bike and Chowder is a free group that meets for regular rides, conversation, and food around the Mesilla area. You’ll find route information and a schedule on their website. Contact Helen Zagona at 575-532-5668 or Robert Felt at 575-647-9298 to get involved.
Mountain Bike Ride
For those interested in mountain biking, contact Dave Halliburton at 915-274-3316 for more information about rides.
NMSU Cycling Team, Club #3625
College students who are interested in biking can check out NMSU’s cycling team, which participates in several races each year. Contact Logan Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Jones (email@example.com) or visit their website.
This group cultivates a community of women who share a love of biking. Women of all experience levels are invited to join rides throughout the Mesilla Valley. Contact Tammy Schurr 575-640-8898 or check out their website to get connected.
Zia Velo/Outdoor Adventures
Outdoor Adventures is one of Las Cruces’ top bike shops. They can help you with all your bike needs, from purchasing your first bike to getting a tuneup. You can also rent a bike from them and ride through downtown Las Cruces or historic Old Mesilla. Contact David Rutledge at 575-541-8271 or on their website to find out more.
Want cycling links for resources throughout the rest of New Mexico? Check out http://www.nmcycling.org for more information.
Las Cruces Running Club
The Las Cruces Running Club hosts some of the biggest events in the area. The group also has a free program for children. Contact the club today for more information about membership.
Las Cruces Roadrunners
This active group connects both runners and bikers with others in the community who share their passion. You’re sure to find an event that’s perfect for you on their calendar.
This group hosts many types of running events from family-friendly to ultra races and multi-day events in the Las Cruces area.
Race El Paso
If you’re in the El Paso area, this organization hosts triathlons and other races. You can also rent equipment for your own race from them. Check out their website to learn more.
Race Adventures hosts various running events, mostly in El Paso. Find their upcoming races on their website.
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