Athletes to run, bike and paddle through Raton advenure relay

By Kimberly Adams Staff writer

RATON – Sugarite Canyon State Park and the NRA Whittington Center are the places to be this weekend as the Master of the Mountains (M.O.M.) Adventure Relay takes place Sept. 12-13.

The race consists of a six-mile run through rugged terrain at Sugarite Canyon State Park, kayak paddling through a course in Lake Maloya, a 20-mile bicycle course from the park to Raton via 5th Street and NM Hwy. 555, to the NRA Whittington Center.

This is the second year the City of Raton Parks and Recreation Department has held this event. Parks and Recreation Department Director Jared Chatterley hopes to turn the M.O.M Adventure Relay event into a premier action sporting event that will attract adventure junkies from all over the United States.

“We want to show off all the different recreational activities that Raton has to offer and put Raton on the map” Chatterley said.

Fifty-six participants from throughout the region, including Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, have signed up for this year’s event. The participants will bring their own equipment such as canoes/kayaks, bicycles, and their own shotgun, depending on participants’ choice of either the short or long courses. The short course does not have the shooting component, Chatterley explained.

There will be $2,500 in prizes for the various race division. Each person will receive a T-Shirt and a medal. They will also receive gift packages from the Raton Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit the official M.O.M Adventure Relay website at www.ratonmom.com, or call Jared Chatterley at (575) 445-2413 or email jchatterley@cityofraton.com.