Luck, Leprechauns and Lots of Lovely Run Records!

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” Lucius Annaeus Seneca once said.

Endurance Sparks athletes showed that they were prepared to do great things when given the opportunity at The Lucky Run in Davis, California last weekend.  Don Goodballet had a strong showing in his first race of the season, running the 7 mile race in 1:01:44.  Courtney Goodballet blazed to a new personal best in the half marathon, running an outstanding time of 1:48:31.  Congratulations on the great races Don and Courtney! [Read more…]

NEW! Garmin Forerunner 620 Watch

Garmin Forerunner 620 Watch

SOLDItem Name:  Garmin Forerunner 620 Watch

Description:  New in the box!  GPS, Heart rate monitor w/ Bluetooth (picture of actual item!)

Price:  $330 (Retail $400+tax)

How to purchase?  Come by EnduWorld Headquarters located at 9475 Double R Blvd., STE B11, Reno, NV 89521.  Open Monday – Friday (Hours vary, please contact us before buying or selling)

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Finally it’s done!

On April 19, 1897 the Boston Marathon was run for the first time.  In Reno, Nevada we now have a Boston Qualifying Marathon that will take place on April 13, 2014 at the Downtown River Run.

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Measure the course. Do it again.  Measure the course after you’ve already done it twice. Re-measure it again please.  Now, do it again and again and again!

Draw a map of the whole marathon on an 8×11 piece of paper.  Include all the details on that same piece of paper.  What details?  Enough details in case the race director died before race day and the course could still be set up.  Enough details so that a stranger could navigate the course.

Draw the map over because it wasn’t done right the first time.  Do it again. Draw it out for the seventh time because the first six times were not correct.  Oh yeah, it can’t be done with any color.  Re-draw it.

It seems simple.  It’s not.  After you’re done reading this post, you will take a look at the official course map and think to yourself – What’s the Big Deal? Until you have gone through the process, you have to trust us that it’s a pain to get done.

What is the BIG DEAL? The big deal is… the Biggest Little City just received notice today that it is now the host of an OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFIER!  If you’re a runner, you get this.  If you’re not a runner, you probably still get this.  Boston is the first and oldest marathon in America and now Reno, Nevada just got a little BIGGER on the United States of America map because of our association with this long-standing traditional American event!

City of Reno’s Downtown River Run is coming up.  The 2nd Annual event is on April 13, 2014.  However, this year will be the first 26.2 mile distance event produced by RENO 5000 and to have it as a Boston Qualifying event is a giant piece of news for our community.

We would like to graciously thank all of our supporters and participants who stand behind the efforts we put in to these events. These events would certainly not be possible without the sponsorship support from our local Dolan family (DolanAutoGroup) who is our major 2014 Running Series sponsor and American Family Insurance.  We would also like to thank Reno Running and Fitness as the major marathon sponsor for not only their financial sponsorship but also their support in helping us find more sponsors and providing us with volunteers for aid-stations and course set-up.

I am a runner.  I compete in events and just completed the Napa Valley Marathon early this month.  Runners who compete in events have an idea of the work involved to make them happen.  They happen with the support of the entire community.

Yesterday, as we were driving the course again, I asked the owner of Reno Running and Fitness, Michael Connors, what he thought of the marathon course and his reply was that it was extremely beautiful.  He also added that Reno has thousands of runners and that we need this marathon to happen in order to be a legit running community.

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Finally it’s done and it will last for the next decade!

Register for Downtown River Run Here.

Learn about the Boston Marathon Here.

Read about Reno, Nevada Here.

Learn about RENO 5000 and register for the 2014 Running Series Here.


William & Shanna Contreras – Your Race Directors.

E-Team Takes Over Northern California!

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!).

Lupe Cabada races to the finish and a huge new PR at the Bidwell Classic Half Marathon.

Lupe Cabada races to the finish and a huge new PR at the Bidwell Classic Half Marathon.

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 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.

Ron Young has a blast while running a 2:38 marathon!

Ron Young has a blast while running a 2:38 marathon!

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-

Diana Jones and Olivia Baugh looking great before the start of the marathon.

Diana Jones and Olivia Baugh looking great before the start of the marathon.

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

Debby Bullentini enjoys her debut marathon.

Debby Bullentini enjoys her debut marathon.

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!

E-Team Marathon and 5k runners show off their huge smiles along with their new PR’s.

E-Team Marathon and 5k runners show off their huge smiles along with their new PR’s.








Happy Running!  –Coach Sarah





E-Team Men Prepare for 26.2 Mile Debut

While most mere mortals spend Sunday mornings sleeping in and relaxing over a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast, the seemingly immortal men of the Endurance Reno Team were up every Sunday at the crack of dawn, training hard for the Napa Valley Marathon.  After months of intense training, Jaime Cabada, Nick Jones, and Scott Burnett (Stefan Precup also competing but unavailable for this interview) are ready to conquer their first 26.2 miles this Sunday, March 2.  All three gentlemen were kind enough to answer a few questions as they prepare for the big day.

What made you decide to do your first marathon? [Read more…]

E-Team Ladies to debut at Napa Valley Marathon


Held annually the first weekend in March, the Napa Valley Marathon is known for its fast course, beautiful scenery, moderate weather, and of course the post-race wine J.  While many veteran E-team lady marathoners are racing this year, several speedy ladies are making their marathon debut in wine country next weekend.   Diana Parets Jones, Jennifer Taylor Adams, Kristin Stith, and Debby Koch Bullentini will all be tapered and ready to race 26.2 miles on Sunday, March 2. They were all kind enough to answer a few questions prior to their big race:

What made you decide to do your first marathon? [Read more…]

Why do I run you ask?

One question I get asked a lot is “Why do you run?” The answer is simple, I reply, “I run for many reasons!” In this article I’m going to ask some fellow Endurance Reno/Sparks teammates both new and some experienced as to why they chose to run and hopefully you will be able to relate. I will go into detail about why Running is my sport, why it means so much to me, and why I do it so often in a future blog. First enjoy these amazing explanations… [Read more…]