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Get summer on the calendar!

This week kicks off registration for Soler’s Summer Running Camp — an 8-week camp targeted at middle school through college-aged athletes who are looking to make their cross country season the best yet. Although cross country will be the main focus you can also participate if you desire to get in shape for a fall sport or just aim to get in amazing shape (beach bodies anyone?). This camp isn’t just for the 5-minute milers rather for all abilities looking to train through the summer.

We are so excited for this summer because this year there will be a few really great changes that will make this year’s camp be the biggest, most fun, and best camp yet!

Kicking things off we will be having not one but THREE separate locations this year (1. Stone Oak/McAllister Park   2. Helotes/O.P. Schnabel Park   3. Olmos Park). With 3 locations, finding the one that is the most convenient for you will be very simple. Each site will be following the same training program simply headed up by a head coach and led at a different location.

This year we are going to be having a lot of fun at the camp. To ensure that this happens we have created the “fun committee”. They are dedicated to work ‘round the clock to continuously come up with fun and crazy, cool ideas to keep you coming to San Antonio’s #1 place to run and train during summer 2011.

Our fun committee started by getting some really cool speakers. We have
great college coaches coming to talk as well as some other great speakers. You won’t want to miss out!

To add to the fun they next created “Funner Fridays”- all three locations will meet together (alternating between the three locations) 5 different Fridays throughout the course of the camp. These Fridays will be the crazy fun days that will have either a time trial or game day (don’t worry we will still run before our games). Each “Funner Fridays” will have a recommended theme (it could be a sport team, a color, the 70’s etc.) that will be announced the Monday before.

Other perks to the camp include: Awards for best attendance Male and Female, Awards for most improved Male and Female, 20% discount on running shoes, apparel, and accessories at all four Soler’s locations for the duration of the camp. Also there is a special promotion for first time registrants who sign up in the store (so make sure you ask).

So head to the stores and get signed up so we can help show you that our training is more than just miles — its smiles too!

More Trails for SA

This came across my inbox this week and I knew I needed to get the word out on this one. Apparently the Texas state legislature is considering a bill this session to enable cities to make use of utility easements as hike & bike trails. This could give communities access to hundreds of miles of trails — boy could we use that! Both the house and senate are in session beginning next week.

Below are all the details, including how you can help by contacting your legislator. What do you think? Let us know!

You can also keep track of your state government in action via this website:

Utility Easements for Recreational Use – Is it possible??

YES, it is and you can help make happen. Call or email your state senator and representative to help us pass state legislation that gives utility companies the liability protection needed to open private land to runners, bikers and walkers.

The opportunity: Utility companies own hundreds of miles of rights-of-way in cities across Texas. SB1793 & HB 3802 will allow Texas to join 36 other states in giving liability protection to utility companies who open their rights-of-way for hike & bike trails. The State of Texas has the potential for a tremendous increase in trail mileage within individual communities, connecting adjacent communities and recreational areas.

The Bill: In the 2011 session, the Texas legislature will consider Senate Bill 1793 and House Bill 3802.   When enacted, this legislation will create the framework whereby cities, counties and other nonprofit or governmental entities can construct hike and bike trails along rights-of-way in Houston and beyond.  Public utilities that own the rights-of-way would allow hikers and bikers to enter their land. In exchange for granting access to their rights-of-way, the bill will restrict the liability of the utility for injuries or property damage that might occur when the public enters the rights-of-way for recreational purposes.

How the Process Would Work: When the bill passes, local governments and the local utility could, at their discretion, enter into a license agreement allowing the public access to a right-of-way. The city or other entity would then construct and maintain the hike and bike trail along the right-of-way.

How You Can Help: These new trails will cost you a few minutes of your time.
·         Write a letter from you organization to Sen. Duncan (chair of the Senate Committee considering SB 1793) that you support the bill.
·         Write a letter from you organization to Rep Jackson (chair of the House Committee considering HB 3802) that you support the bill.
·         Write a letter from you organization to your state senator, and ask him/her to support SB 1793.
·         Write a letter from you organization to your state representative and ask him/her to support HB 3802.
·         Who represents me? Find out at;

Talking points:
·         Safety benefits due to the trails distance from on-street traffic.
·         Health benefits due to increase exercise.
·         Trails for both residential and commercial properties that currently have limited access to outdoor recreational opportunities.
·         Greater use of current parks and trails due to increased connectivity within communities and between cities.
·         Reduce the demand for parking by allowing residents to walk, run or bike to our parks.
·         Effective leverage of community and private assets for the public benefit.
·         No need to purchase easements or property.
·         The ability to locally negotiate the terms of agreement.
·         Similar to liability protection provided in many other states.

We ask that you show your support by the end of next week, April 8th. We have sample form letters available if needed however, we strongly encourage each group to write their own letter or modify the samples.

Additional information and updates can be found on our Facebook page.

If you would like additional information or have questions please send me an email at

Race for the Cure!

We now have in stock Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure apparel and merchandise. Proceeds benefit the fight against breast cancer. Come by one of our 4 San Antonio locations to purchase great gear for a great cause! Here is Susan’s story:

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

We need your vote!

It’s time for the 13th annual San Antonio Express News readers choice awards. We would love to have your vote as San Antonio’s favorite Sporting Goods Store!

While you’re there fill out your other favorites, too! Do you have any new discoveries to add this year? Tell us!!

Alamo Series on Sale

Did you know that the Alamo Series is offering a pre-sale of race entries for the entire series? It’s a great deal, only $146 for nine high-qualify events that will get you geared up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll in November. But hurry, it’s only available through this Friday!

Alamo Series

Soler’s Own Howard Gill Sets Two UIW Records!

Howard Gill, Soler’s Sports employee at our Jackson Keller location, had a very successful indoor season and he’s got the records to prove it.

He ran a 4:21 mile and a 8:47 in the 3000m. Howard broke school records at Incarnate Word University in both distances.

Awesome stuff, Howard!

Soler’s Sports Tri and Cycling EXPO! Sunday, March 13th

There are exclusive, show-day only sales on all bike and triathlon goods.

CLICK HERE for more information!

Here are some examples:


Parts and Accessories:
Gore Bike Wear: All shorts and Jerseys 20% off

Tifosi Sunglasses: All Glasses 20% off. Enter to win one of five pairs of glasses in free raffle.

Pedals: 15% off Shimano and 10% off Speedplay Pedals

Shoes: 20% off entire stock of 2011 Shimano, Pearl Izumi, and Louis Garneau Shoes.

Computers: 15% off Cateye Computers, 10% off ALL GARMIN Cycle-Computers!!!

LAZER Helmets: 20% off!!

Fuelbelt: 10% off in stock Fuelbelt Products

Selection of late-model bikes on closeout from 30-50% off.

Entire stock of Hybrid and Trail Bikes from Fuji are at closeout pricing.

Felt Road and Tri Bikes are on Sale:
Felt S22 Tri Bike for $1,450; msrp $1,600
Felt B16 Tri Bike for $2,000; msrp $2,200
Felt Z85 Road bike for $1,000; msrp $1,200
Felt ZW75 Women’s Road bike for $1,000; msrp $1,200

Ridley Icarus Road Bike with SRAM Apex for $1,250; msrp $1,400
Ridley Damocles Road Bike with Ultegra for $2,900; msrp $3,250
Ridley Orion with SRAM Rival for $2,000; msrp 2,300

Quintana Roo Seduza for $1,900; msrp $2,100
Quintana Roo CD01 Ultegra for $2,900; msrp $3,300

Vendors exhibiting include:
Felt Bicycles
Quintana Roo Bicycles
Zipp Speed Weaponry
Nuun Electrolyte Replacement
BlueSeventy Wetsuits and Goggles
Ridley Bicycles
Clearview Micro Mirrors
Alchemy Bicycles of Austin Tx

Presentations on:
American Cancer Society’s Determination Program
Team in Training
Custom Bicycles by Alchemy Bicycles
Triathlon and Cycling Nutrition by Powerbar
Aerodynamic Wheels by Zipp Speed Weaponry
Multisport Training by Brandi Shipman
Triathlon Bike Fit by Andy Cicero
….and more!!

Soler’s Sports Stone Oak Official Grand Opening!

Join us as we welcome our 4th San Antonio location to the Soler’s Sports family!
March 20th
11 am – 6 pm
18720 Stone Oak Parkway #150
Northeast corner of Stone Oak Pkwy & Loop 1604

* Live Band
* Sidewalk Sale
* Vendors
* Give-a-ways
* Discounts
* Beer
* Food
* Fun

For more information call (210) 490-9987

Come Ride With Us!

We have some exciting road rides for you to join us on. Saddle up with us as we take rides through beautiful hill country and back roads!

Meet new people, get in shape, and enjoy the beautiful Texas spring weather!

For full description of the routes we take, click here

Rose Monday named USA coach for 2012 Olympic games!

Former University of Texas at San Antonio coach Rose Monday named Assistant Coach for the Women’s Olympic Track and Field Team for the 2012 Games held in London.

Monday served as UTSA’s cross country head coach and assistant track coach for men and women from 2001 to 2007. To read the full interview and article, visit the link below. Congratulations, Rose! Soler’s Sports is proud!

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