On July 26, Otero Junior College served as a rest stop for riders completing the COCO Century bike ride. Cyclists began their ride in Ordway and wound their way through various communities in the Arkansas Valley. The ride is a fundraiser for Arkansas Valley Hospice.
Forty-three riders passed through the water stop located on the patio of the Student Center Banquet Room off of San Juan Ave. The stop marked the 77th mile in their 100-mile journey.
Faculty and staff volunteers included Joel Gray, Zeph McClearan, Miner and Darlene Blackford, Sarah and Sandra Petramala, and Robert and Sue Samaniego. Volunteers greeted the riders and provided snacks, cold drinks and ice in a spread set up by SODEXO. Several riders’ favorite feature at the stop was the garden hose, which allowed them to hose down and cool off after hours of riding in the extreme heat.
“Although the cyclists stop only briefly before returning to the course, the reception they receive at rest stops is an important ingredient to a successful and fun experience,” said Sue Samaniego, director of communications and public relations at Otero Junior College.
“Since a positive experience this year means a cyclist is more likely to participate again next year, we do whatever we can do enhance the experience. We always enjoy being a part of this event that benefits such an important cause,” said Samaniego.