Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

THE WILL TO WIN.

Byline: Jeff Della Penna For the Journal

Santa Fe doctor discovers his competitive spirit, and the victories follow

When you speak of the great athletes of New Mexico, no conversation is complete without including Lyle Amer, 47, of Santa Fe.

The doctor is one of the most consistent runners, triathletes and cyclists the state has ever seen. His results attest to his tremendous ability, consistency and focus.

If there is a fun run, charity run, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon, duathlon, triathlon, quadrathlon or cycling event within 200 miles of Santa Fe, it's a good bet that Amer will be there. And if Amer is there, it is even a better bet that he will place in the event.

He has won his age group, and placed within the top three over all, for a decade at the Los Alamos Triathlon. He has matched those results at the Jay Bensen Triathlon in Albuquerque 10 years of first-place finishes in his age group and 10 years in the top three overall.

In the six years of the Santa Fe-Cochiti Lake Triathlon, Amer won his age group every year, as well as finishing every year within the top five overall. For the past 11 years, Amer has placed within the top three in his age group at the Santa Fe Fiesta 10K Run. He also won his age group in the 1982 Denver Marathon, as well as his age-group in the 1996 and 1998 Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon in Grants.

For the past two years, Amer has been the New Mexico State Masters Bicycle Road-Racing Champion as well as the New Mexico State Masters Bicycle Road-Race Series Champion.

Gov. Gary Johnson, who competes in many of the same races and within the same age-group as Amer, describes Amer as a furious competitor, the last guy you would want to see line up next to you at the starting line of a race. …

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