He runs to help others

By QCS Staff

Even before Anthony Macias went to Tucumcari High School he was biking, swimming, and running. He’s an athletic type, one who takes being fit very seriously.

The THS graduate, after attending the University of New Mexico, joined the Air Force at 21.

And, today, he’s SSgt. Anthony Macias and stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana where he serves in the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron.

His job in the Air Force is maintaining fuel storage and dispensing facilities. He says, “Occasionally we have to do fuel tank inspections that require us to enter the (empty) tanks with a supplied air system. Kind of like scuba equipment but with a hose leading to outside.”

But he hasn’t given up on athletics. Macias is an ironman athlete who recently ran in the St. Croix Half Ironman. The half-ironman is a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1- mile run. It’s the second hardest race, with a full ironman being the hardest.

“I will be moving (military) to Korea in a few months and while there I plan on doing another 70.3 as well as a few triathlons on the Korean Peninsula,” said Macias.

He said he’d like to thank the following supporters who helped him raise $5,800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through his run in St. Croix:

Sonic Drive-In
Del’s Restaurant
Vipin Bhakta
Bob’s Upholstery
Hope Ortiz – Lena’s
First National Bank
Everyone’s Credit Union
Dr. Nastie, D.C.
V.A. Rentals
Le Dean Studio
Napa Auto Parts
State Farm Insurance
Elk’s Lodge
Art Molinas
Manuel Montoya
Julie Martine
Picture Perfect
Peggy Shipley
Sharon Maloof
Sylvia Krause
Pete and Frances Sisneros
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Houliban
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanchez
Lydia Fazekas
Mr. Fred Porter
VFW Post 2528
VFW Women’s Auxiliary
Angie White
D and A Auto Care
Tucumcari Ranch Supply
Wells Fargo Bank
C.J. and Audrey Wiegel
Tony and Leticia Montoya
Rix Security
Shannon McElroy
Jim McElroy
Casey and Mary Jimenez
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Borquez
Wellborn Pharmacy
James and ida Robbins
Payne’s Photography
Mark Dent
Ms. Homer Farrow
Amy Gutierrez
Ms. Dawn M. Jardel
Reba Welch
Farmer’s Electric
St. Joseph Society
Zeke Gutierrez
Alex Madrid
Ginger Benavidez
Annie Paiz
Tana Garnett
Maria Haase
Mary Stella Martinez
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Aragon
Ida Romero
Cecilia Madrid
Beth Sisneros
Tina Maestas
Theresa Romero
Nannette Macias-Ray
Kimberly Roberts
Debbie Fought
Mona Medina
Father Leo Padget
Ida Macias
Crestina Pacheco.