Enjoy the Opening Reception, "A Taste of New Mexico," on Thursday evening. And Friday is "A Night at the Museum" at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Not only are the bones of some of the oldest and largest dinosaurs on display, many having been unearthed in our state, but an exhibit of artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Titanic has also just opened.
Friday will begin with a morning run through nearby Old Town and a gift from Leslie Jordan, one of the many generous sponsors of the RRCA, followed by the eye-opening beginning to the 55th Annual Convention. Lunch will feature local writer, Bob Julyan, presenting "A Brief History of Running since the Beginning of Time, or at Least since I Was Born, and Other Things My Granddad Didn't Teach Me."
Saturday will start with an old favorite, the Breakfast Burrito Run, this year sponsored by nearby Little Anita"�s New Mexican Restaurant, a long-time local favorite. This year"�s run will take you across the Rio Grande, but you won"�t even leave the country!
Lunch on Saturday is not to be missed. We are truly honored to have none other than Olympic marathon silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi, who will share the experiences from his running career and will be presented with the 2012 Road Runner of the Year Award. Also on hand will be a true American hero, Chester Nez, the last surviving original Navajo Code Talker. You will also have the opportunity to purchase his book, 'ode Talker,' which includes the entire once-classified code.
Saturday will close with the Annual Awards Banquet and Brian "�Iron Man' Boyle, who survived a horrific car crash in 2004 only to stage what many consider to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman, just three years after leaving intensive care.
Finally, end your Convention experience with the annual Run for the Zoo, the largest run and walk event in Albuquerque, where the 10K will represent the RRCA National Championship at that distance. After the race, your bib entitles you to free admission into the ABQ BioPark Zoo, which houses the largest collection of endangered Mexican Gray Wolves anywhere.
Come to the RRCA Convention in Albuquerque. We promise you will remember it for a long, long time.
Register at www.RRCAConvention.org