EnduWorld Athletes from Endurance Reno and Sparks, Nevada showed that hard training pays off! Last weekend athletes competed in races ranging from the 5k distance to the Marathon (26.2 miles!).
First up was the Bidwell Classic Half Marathon in Chico, California, where Endurance Reno had four athletes place in the top 16. E-team elite runner Lupe Cabada set an enormous two-minute personal best (Thanks to his new Asics Racing Flats!), finishing 2nd overall (by .01 seconds!) in 1:09:20. This is an astounding 5:17 pace for 13.1 miles and is just the beginning of how fast Lupe can run. Huge congratulations, Lupe! Mannie Calderon finished first in his age group and 7th overall with a very respectable time of 1:21:56. Look for Mannie to do amazing things in his next Marathon on April 13 at our local Downtown River Run sponsored by DolanAutoGroup, Reno Running and Fitness and presented by American Family Insurance.
Endurance Reno female Sarah Raitter finished 11th overall and 3rd female in a time of 1:24:57. Come back to read more posts at EnduWorld.com about Sarah, who is preparing for the upcoming Boston Marathon. Sarah just received amazing news that she will be starting in the Elite field in the Boston Marathon! That’s a big accomplishment for a 40+ female runner from Reno! Gil Calderon ran 1:27:05, good enough for 16th overall and 2nd in his age group. Gil is a newer runner doing amazing things and preparing for the Downtown River Run Marathon too. Danny Heinsohn ran an excellent race, coming across the line in 1:33:47 as he prepares for Ironman Idaho in June.
After an amazing pre-race dinner provided by the equally amazing Shanna Contreras (Coach Will’s wife), E-Team’ers set out to blaze through either the Napa Valley Marathon or the accompanying Kiwanis 5k. Ron Young led the charge in the marathon by placing 6th overall in a time of 2:38:14, all while entertaining the crowds with his best zombie impression. Jaime Cabada came in next in a fantastic time of 2:58:05. Believe it or not, this was Jaime’s debut marathon and he ran a smart race and posted a Boston Marathon Qualifying time! Coach Will ran with Sam Baugh the whole race and pushed him. Sam Baugh showed his toughness with a six-minute personal best, running 3:35:36. Way to go on the new PR, Sam!
Kristin Stith and Stefan Precup also ran their debut marathon in Napa and proved that they are both meant for the distance. Kristin came in with a time of 3:54:35 and Stefan covered the distance in 3:56:07. Great first marathons Kristin and Stefan! The next E-
team’er to cross the line was Diana Jones, in an awesome debut marathon time of 4:22:09. Diana proved that she can truly do anything she sets out to do! Olivia Baugh paced and helped Diana along her first marathon and demonstrated both her physical and mental toughness by finishing in 4:22:10, despite nursing a hip injury and illness. Olivia is the true definition of a team player and will certainly run a personal best of sub 3:30 when healthy!
Debby Bullentini crossed an item off her “bucket list” by finishing her debut 26.2 in 4:28:20. Debby was all smiles throughout the course and ran strong the entire way. So proud of you, Debby! Corrine Casanova crossed the line next, conquering the course in a great time of 4:37:35, which was her 2nd fastest performance ever at Napa and her 12th Marathon finish! Nick Jones looked
super strong as he picked up the pace the last 400 meters of the race to finish his debut marathon in a time of 5:14:09. Excellent debut, Nick!
Endurance Reno athletes also showed their dominance in the Kiwanis 5k that same morning. Casey Keen continued to impress with a 10th place finish and personal record time of 18:53. This was good enough for 2nd in Casey’s age group (40-49). Derrick Foster finished 5th in his age group in a time of 22:31. Chelsea Keen improved her 5k time to a 25:54, finishing 3rd in her age group. Brenda Larson completely annihilated her personal best in the 5k, improving by over two minutes to run a 30:18, which was good for 4th in her age group. Fantastic job to all 5k runners!
What’s up next? Endurance Sparks athletes Don and Courtney Goodballet and Craig Manning show their stuff at the Lucky Run in Davis, California on March 8 (TODAY!). Don is running the Lucky 7 Miler. Courtney and Craig are both doing the Lucky Half Marathon. Look for great things from all three of these amazing athletes! And if you haven’t already, make sure to register for the 2014 RENO 5000 Running Series HERE, starting with the Downtown River Run on April 13. You won’t find a better race series out there!
Happy Running! –Coach Sarah