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!

Don and Courtney

Don and Courtney Goodballet are all smiles after great races at The Lucky Run in Davis, California.

Craig Manning continued his complete half marathon dominance  by taking another five minutes off of his personal best.  Craig finished with an excellent time of 1:34:27. Look for another amazing race from Craig as he takes on the XTerra Real Mountain Bike Triathlon in Granite Bay, California on March 29.  Wife Michelle Manning also ran strong, racing the 7-mile course in Davis in a time of 1:15:07.

Craig

Craig Manning celebrates after taking another 5 minutes off his half marathon best!

Endurance Reno Assistant Coach Frank Bozanich once again proved that age is just a number.  Frank bested his age group (65-69) by over a minute at the St. Patrick’s Day Dash in Seattle, Washington on March 16.  Frank’s time for the 3.6 mile race was an outstanding 25:18 (7:08 pace) and would have also netted him first place in the 60-64 age group.  Frank is truly unstoppable at 69!

A large group of Endurance Reno and Endurance Sparks athletes celebrated St. Patty’s Day early by notching personal bests at the Leprechaun Chase 5k in Midtown Reno this morning. Two of Reno’s best young athletes led the way, both running amazing races and beating the official Leprechaun mascot! Konnor VanWorth finished 10th overall, running a fantastic time of 19:16. This was a new PR for Konnor and also placed him 3rd in the 14-19 age group.  Konnor , only 15-years-old, is also an outstanding triathlete–look for him at the top of the podium for years to come!   Equally  impressive was 13-year-old Kobe Lynch, who claimed first in the 13 -and-under age group with a 5k split of 19:56.  Kobe will be running the half marathon at the RENO 5000 Downtown River Run on April 13.  Be sure to cheer him on!

Konnor

The amazing Konnor VanWorth after placing 10th overall in the Leprechaun Chase 5k.

Chris Spoon, despite some calf issues, cranked out a very nice  time of 20:38 over the 5 kilometer course. Chris will be competing in the RENO 5000 5k series starting in April and will surely break the 20-minute barrier at his next race!  The ladies of Endurance Reno and the R5k racing team showed off their stuff this morning as well.  In the 40-49 age group Lisa Lynch (Kobe’s mom) came in with a time of 24:40. Guess we know where Kobe gets his speed :-)  Jennifer Adams came in  with a strong performance, running 25:07.  Patty Favela crossed the line with a 25:42, with Jodi Kruse next in a nice time of 27:46.  Michelle Manning competed for the second weekend in a row, hitting 32:25 for her 5 kilometer race. Melissa McOwen ran her 2014 debut race and finished with a 43:56. Danie Vessie and Ivy Valley ran well in the 20-29 age group, with Danie clocking a 28:07 and Ivy a 30:46. In the 30-39 age group, Karen Jessop raced her best 5k in 8 years, running a very strong 29:10.  Karen has been working really hard with Endurance Reno and her hard work paid off today! Morgan Branter also competed in this age group and completed the course in 34:29.   Looking forward to more great races from every one of these ladies!

Lisa and Kobe

Kobe and Lisa Lynch looking great after strong 5k performances.

The athletes of Endurance Reno and Endurance Sparks couldn’t race and train as hard as they do without the support of our sponsors.  Look for a series of upcoming blogs featuring our amazing sponsors: Family First Chiropractic, RENO 5000Polar USAHigh Sierra CyclingDolan Automotive Group, Reno Running Company, Asics, Nature’s Bakery and Double Diamond Athletic Club.

Did you race this weekend? We’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below sharing your own “lucky” race experience!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Running!

–Coach Sarah     #enduworld

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