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Changes made for Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon/Half Marathon

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on June 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After months of speculation in regards to new updates for the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. has officially announced their revisions for the event in 2013.

The first major update is the new date of the event which has now been switched to November 17th. The race moves up from the typical December date it held in the past. Futhermore this year’s event will have three races: the marathon, half-marathon and the new “Half of The Half” marathon — a 6.5-mile race. This opens the event to many more casual runners — and likely many more local runners — who will be able to soak in all the atmosphere of the Strip and the Fremont Street finishing area, even if they lack the physical conditioning required to complete a 13.1-mile or 26.2-mile race.

For more details regarding the event visit the event details page on the Vegas marathon page found here.

Please note that this event is no longer part of the Las Vegas Track Club Championship Series this season. Therefore we are not prioritizing this race like in years back.

Volunteers Needed

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on March 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The UNLV Women's Track & Field Team is looking for volunteers for several home meets held at the UNLV track this upcoming outdoor season. Help is needed for all home meets, but primarily for the UNLV Invite March 15-16, Randall Cunningham Invite April 12-13 as well as the  Mountain West Conference Meet May 9-11. Volunteers will be rewarded with receive the t-shirt of the meet, food, and enjoy close up viewing to the events and athletes as well. For any and all information regarding all UNLV Track events please inquire here.

Also free to email Head Coach Jebreh Harris at:  [email protected]

OC Marathon/Half Marathon Team Trip

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on March 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

On May 5th the OC Marathon/Half Marathon will occur in Newport Beach California. NER will be traveling to Southern California that weekend to compete in both events. There are several members who will be partaking in the marathon while others the half.

For all those looking to travel to compete with us we are currently in the process for making travel accommodations. We are asking all those interested in joining for this event to contact us immediately as hotel rooms will be booked by the weekend of March 23rd. Any inquiries AFTER the set date won't be included in our original travel arrangements. However, we will assist all those who need assistance after the post marked date.

Currently registration for the event can be done here.

As always, if you have questions about this event feel free to message us directly at: [email protected]

Team Title Defense at Windy 25

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on March 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ninja Endurance Racing begins this 2013 season looking to defend four team titles for overall performance at local events. In all, the team only lost one open competition during the 2012 season. The titles earned were:

 

1 - Run Away with Cirque du Soleil 5K on March 24, 2012

2 - Windy 25 5K on April 7, 2012

3 - 17th Annual Race for the Cure 5K on May 5, 2012

4 - Running for the House 5K on May 19, 2012


In the month of October at the Seasons 4 a Cure 5K, Ninja Endurance Racing would come out as the top team to fundraise for local cancer charities. Our focus this season is to continue to remain competitive locally and out of state. Our goal is to defend ONE of those titles while seeking to capture the one lost.


Our goal is to be able to defend our title claimed at the The Windy25 Memorial 5K last season. Registration is now set up for all of us to register so go go go go! Let's show Tim Reilly how much we appreciate all this hard work for helping this race get started, and Michael Lee Johnston Jr. for getting it on the Las Vegas Track Club Championship Series schedule.  Our team page is now online and ACTIVE for the Windy25 Memorial 5K. T Simply go to the registration page and search for "Ninja Endurance Racing" and you will be all set to go. The Race is April 6th at the Cosmo. We ask EVERYONE to be there (even if you do not race) for an official team picture. Yes we will have a photographer there for this event.

Unlike last season, we were notified that this year the course has officially been certified by the US Track and Field.

To register for the event click here.

Financial Updates and More

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on January 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The NER account has been active and able to receive donations/pledges for all financial matters pertaining to our team since March of 2012. Over that span the account had received minor payments for team orders such as uniforms and tees for all members. During that span all additional funds available in the account were small deposits placed by our co-founder Alejandro.

In the months of June and July the team was able to collectively donate $1200 for team jackets ordered for our then current members. Following this purchase from July-September the account had little activity.

In September a link was established on our website and Facebook page to allow donations from all our boosters and supporters. Our goal was to raise income for not only our team for future races (at that point the Las Vegas Half Marathon), but the end of the year banquet as well. It was during this time that over $1000 was raised, ($1066 was raised to be exact), thanks in large part to donations from our members and several anonymous donors as well.

The month of November the account experienced a lot of activity due to the constant promotion by all our members. The team was able to raise over $500 ($539.65 to be exact) allowing us to enroll three members in the Vegas Half Marathon who will remain unnamed. ()Team gear was also ordered and printed for newcomers ($142.69).

Following December, we once more received generous donations from members and boosters helping the account blossom to over $600. These funds were all allocated towards the cost of food/awards/equipment for our second annual team banquet.

Our goal is to have every member contribute $5 monthly to increase funds but more importantly help pay for lifetime memberships for the Las Vegas Track Club. Our goal is to also use all the funds gained through these monthly donations to help PAY for future races so eventually ever member is automatically registered for every local (and when possible) out of state events.

Going forward all financial issues and responsibility will be handled by Priscilla Ortiz. She will be the team treasurer who will provide all members with monthly updates in regards to our teams financial settings.

A newsletter will also be emailed to everyone allowing all members to remain in the loop with all team affairs. The newsletter will also allow us to coordinate team gatherings, races, and all future events we wish to do for the future. Celeste Sportsman has volunteered to handle our newsletter and also include write ups for the monthly LVTC newsletter.

Finally, NER will be seeking to get more involved in local charity by providing community service to those interested. NER will partner with Safe Nest along with the Salvation Army to provide for those who are in need. For details in regards to this new chapter of NER contact Alejandro via email.


2012 Season Wrap Up

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Since January, every active member who competed went on to set personal records this racing season. These records account for every racing distance that NER has competed in, stemming from 5Ks all the way to full marathons. The team  became one of the most successfull teams in the valley after accumulating 4 team championships.

On a personal level one member earned  2013 Boston Marathon Qualifying mark, four members earned births to the 2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers. 

Locally the team was able to win 20 local racing events, placed second in 3 half marathons, and achieved 1 sub 16 5K.

 

Our team roster has also grew dramatically from 9 members to 32 members. Currently our roster features 21 men and 11 women. Our youngest member is Hayden Daniels who is currently 8 years old, and our oldest is his father Bill Daniels whose 45. Our runners have come from all walks of life to quickly make us one of the most successfully and growing teams in the city of Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Our final WINNING tally tabbed out like this:

Thomas Johnson - 9 events

Betty Cook - 4 Events

Lisa Leonard - 4 Events

Chris Clark - 2 Events

Tim Reilly - 1 Event

 

 

Team Titles Won for Overall Team Performance:

Run Away with Cirque du Soleil 5K on March 24, 2012

Windy 25 5K on April 7, 2012

17th Annual Race for the Cure 5K on May 5, 2012

Running for the House 5K on May 19, 2012

 13th Annual Seasons 4 a Cure 5K on October 7th, 2012

 

Triathlon Wins

Lisa Leonard - Amica 19.7 Lake Lake Las Vegas Triathlon - 1:28:36:7.

 

 

Half Marathon Second Place Finishes:

Alejandro Belmares - Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon: 1:22:37 on March 10, 2012 & City Impact Beach Front Half Marathon : 1:17:05 on June 16th, 2012

Gamini Sugathadasa - Avi Laughlin Trail Half Marathon: 1:23:57 on March 31, 2012

Chris Clark - Summerlin Half Marathon: 1:23:59 on April 14, 2012

 

2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier:

Alejandro Belmares - Honda LA Marathon: 2:53:02 60th overall (in marathon debut) on March 18, 2012

 

 

2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers:

Betty Cook - 3:32:34 - Zappos Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon on December 4, 2011

Tim Reilly - 1:22:41 - LA 13.1 Half Marathon on January 15, 2012

Gamini Sugathadasa 1:21:48 - Zappos Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on December 4, 2011

Alejandro Belmares: 1:18:03 - Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon on May 15, 2011

 

 

Sub 16 5K:

Thomas Johnson - 15:59 - Del Sol Ragnar Relay 2012 - Last Leg which was 3.1 miles

 

 

Membership Inquiries

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on December 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the past year we have received several inquires about our team and what we require. We hope this post answers most, if not all of your questions.

Ninja Endurance Racing is open to anyone and everyone who is willing to not only grow as a runner but a person as well. We structure our entire programs and foundation on team unity. We train together when time allows it and we firmly believe that we shall triumph and fail together. No runner is greater than another. We believe that those who succeed in this sport are NOT the ones who post fast times or win races, but rather overcome odds to FINISH a race and defy the odds. We also have the steadfast belief that if you find meaning in the running you will do, then perhaps you can find meaning in life. We believe in a collective and will always go back for you in a race and never leave ANYONE behind. 

 

Our team only has ONE requirement (well two really) if you wish to join you pay $35 for the singlet printing fee. You are required to wear it on race day UNLESS you race in a charity race and join as part of their team or group (which Thomas and Gamini have done) then no biggie. You will also pay a fee of $30 for the booster tee ($20 for the tee and $10 for the print fee) that is used for both training, wearing pre/post race. Men's tees will be white, women's will be black to match singlet colors. Also all please note, members who compete and win events will receive a shirt that says WINNING on it. (please note this is a work in progress and can change)

 

There is no contract no paperwork no nothing, we are totally hassle free. We do however encourage all our members to contribute monthly (if possible) to our team donation fund and spread the word to increase our booster support and more importantly the funds. Our goal is to have more funds allocated for team trips, races, gear and much more. The more money we generate as an organization, the more merchandise we can have (this will include shoes and training gear in the not too distant future) and in turn provide to not only our members but boosters as well.

 

We do want to stress and emphasize that our team is in the process of ordering more merchandise that will include jackets, bags and much more. You can find more information about that both on the Facebook page AND the website as well. Before sending your money make sure you are aware of the policies for the uniform and gear as there will be NO exceptions. All our members will be wearing matching outfits in the near future. This will include singlet/jackets/tees. Women will be using the black tees with black jackets and the men will have white tees and black jackets.

 


Training runs are listed on our website and are used as a guide as opposed to a formality. During the season we coordinate MOST our training runs via the Facebook page. We have runners who live in different parts of the valley and run at various times. We do have groups that meet up and train together. The bulk of our sessions are however in the evening hours. On top of training runs during the week, we also meet at the UNLV Track every Tuesday & Thursday for speed work sessions. Training regiments for these are designed  and sculpted for improved performance. All training regiments are handled internally and personal plans are available upon request. We believe in quality over quantity and point to the past success of all our members in every racing distance to support our system. (Please note that we don't have a coach, nor pretend to be coaches. Our systems are guides and tools used based on previous experiences tweaked to everyone's goals. All plans do however have teachings and constructs of the team sensai)

Second we are all AGAINST PEDs so once we get bigger and better we will ALL be required to pee in a cup, so if you juice sorry we are not the team for you. We believe in honor and the integrity of the sport so if you cheat not only are you cheating yourself but us as well.

 

We hope this answers most if not all your questions about our team. For more information feel free to contact us directly via email at: [email protected] or visit our Facebook page. Also, feel free to ask any of our members about their experiences and they will more than gladly fill you in :)

Find your happy pace!

Turkey Day Races and Vegas Invasion

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on December 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

NER would have a record setting day at the 32nd Annual Turkey Trot, yielding nearly a complete roster for the 10K event. NER would have 3 runners in the top 10, and 6 overall in the top 20. Alejandro Belmares would be the teams top finisher placing 5th overall in 35:15, en route to a 36 second PR. Alejandro's performance would help him capture the 25-29 age PR group. Chris Clark would be right behind in 6th place coming through in 37:29 to win the male 20-24 age group. Chris' time would be the second PR of the day, as Chris would improve his 10K mark by 15 seconds. Johnny Hilario would be the 7th overall finisher (2nd male in 15-19 age group) in 37:38. Gamini Sugathadasa would capture 11th place with his 39:29 time, notching 2nd in the male masters age group. 16th overall would be Michael Johnston who would be the next member to set a PR, with his 40:50. Michael would also place 3rd in the male 35-39 age group. Johnny Lopez would be fourth member to set a PR, doing so in 27th place (3rd in male 25-29) in 43:53. David Gonzales would be next member to finish, doing so 35th overall in 45:09 followed by Gabe Dunkle (41st overall in 46:38) and Matt Shelton (42nd overall in 46:53). 66th place would be taken by Joe Kennedy's 51:27.

 

On the women's side Lisa Leonard would be the top finisher, crossing the line in 18th place in 41:10. Lisa would go on to be  the final member to place in the top 20 as well being the second overall female. Theresa Guerra and Priscilla Ortiz would both debut in the 10K distance, doing so in superb fashion. Theresa would win the female 15-19 age group placing 28th overall in 44:11. Priscilla Ortiz would finish 4 places back in 32nd overall, with a time a of 44:38 capturing the female 20-24 age group. Celeste Sportsman would continue the PR fest, posting 53:15 for 76th place. Celeste would also go on to capture female 40-44 age group. Ginja Amy Leonard would be the next PR setter, doing so in 53:46, earning 4th in the female 35-39 age group. Linda Gonzales would have a season best in 91st place, posting a 55:11.

 

In all six members would set PRs in the 10K event, making it one of the most convincing team performances of the 2012 season.

 

In the 5K, Thomas Johnson would win his 9th event of the season en route to the team's 19th victory of the season. Thomas would cover the 3.1 miles in 16:34, pulling away for the victory in the final stretches of the race.

Two weeks after a record setting day, NER would take on the high winds and challenge of the Las Vegas Half Marathon. The event would be the FIRST true official team event at the half marathon level. A year after only featuring six members in the race, 15 members would wear the NER singlet for this year's event (nine men and six women).

 

 

On the men's side, Alejandro Belmares would be the first member to come through the line in 1:21:52 placing 39th overall (7th in male 25-29 age group). Johnny Hilario would be the next member to finish, covering the 13.1 mile course in 1:24:46 notching a PR in 57th place (11th in male 18-24 age group). 75th and 76th place overall would go to Chris Clark (1:26:45) and Gamini Sugathadasa (1:26:48). Chris would be the 12th male in the male 18-24 age group, while Gamini would place 7th in the male 40-44 age group. 172nd overall would be taken by Thomas Johnson's 1:33:37 (17th in the male 18-24 age group.) Michael Johnston's 1:38:28 would land in 312th overall (52nd in the male 35-39 age group). The second member to PR would be Johnny Lopez, doing so in 1:41:13 in 436th overall (54th in male 25-29 age group). Ray Fong would have the honor and privilege to be the 1:45 pacer, doing so in 1:45:22 to cross the finish in 725th place overall. Gabe Dunkle would be the final male on the team to cross the line in 1:53:06, en route to a course record for him. Gabe would finish in 1617th place and be the 235th male in the 35-39 age group.

 

Lisa Leonard would carry the torch for the NER ladies. Lisa would capture 12th place in the female 25-29 age group in 1:37:54 taking 291st place overall. Theresa Guerra would make her half marathon debut in stellar fashion placing 9th in the female 18-24 age group. Theresa would finish in 1:42:11 en route to 489th place overall. Priscilla Ortiz would cross the finish in 1:48:11 in 998th place overall, 20th in the female 18-24 age group. Celeste Sportsman would capture 4091st place in 2:04:37, while also being 267th in the female 40-44 age group. Ginja Amy Leonard would narrowly miss a Pr by 9 seconds, as her finishing time of 2:07:10 would land her in 4697th overall (380th in female 35-39). Linda Gonzales would also narrowly miss on a PR posting a 2:12:53 to grab 6192nd place (480th in the female 40-44 age group).

 

We want to congratulate every single member for their gritty performances on a day that feature high wind advisories, with winds reaching up to 40 mph.

The season ended with all 32 members celebrating PRs in every distance raced (5Ks, 10Ks, Halves, and Fulls). Our team roster has also grown dramatically from 9 members to 32 members. Currently our roster features 21 men and 11 women. Our youngest member is Hayden Daniels who is currently 8 years old, and our oldest is his father Bill Daniels whose 45. Our runners have come from all walks of life to quickly make us one of the most successfully and growing teams in the city of Las Vegas.

 

 

 

NERs WINNING tally ended December 31st with this as the final tally:

Thomas Johnson - 9 events

Betty Cook - 4 Events

Lisa Leonard - 4 Events

Chris Clark - 2 Events

Tim Reilly - 1 Event

 

Team Titles Won for Overall Team Performance:

Run Away with Cirque du Soleil 5K on March 24, 2012

Windy 25 5K on April 7, 2012

17th Annual Race for the Cure 5K on May 5, 2012

Running for the House 5K on May 19, 2012

 13th Annual Seasons 4 a Cure 5K on October 7th, 2012

 

Triathlon Wins

Lisa Leonard - Amica 19.7 Lake Lake Las Vegas Triathlon - 1:28:36:7.

 

 

Half Marathon Second Place Finishes:

Alejandro Belmares - Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon: 1:22:37 on March 10, 2012 & City Impact Beach Front Half Marathon : 1:17:05 on June 16th, 2012

Gamini Sugathadasa - Avi Laughlin Trail Half Marathon: 1:23:57 on March 31, 2012

Chris Clark - Summerlin Half Marathon: 1:23:59 on April 14, 2012

 

2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier:

Alejandro Belmares - Honda LA Marathon: 2:53:02 60th overall (in marathon debut) on March 18, 2012

 

 

2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers:

Betty Cook - 3:32:34 - Zappos Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon on December 4, 2011

Tim Reilly - 1:22:41 - LA 13.1 Half Marathon on January 15, 2012

Gamini Sugathadasa 1:21:48 - Zappos Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on December 4, 2011

Alejandro Belmares: 1:18:03 - Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon on May 15, 2011

 

 

Sub 16 5K:

Thomas Johnson - 15:59 - Del Sol Ragnar Relay 2012 - Last Leg which was 3.1 miles

 



NER Earns Pacing Duty

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on November 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We at Ninja Endurance Racing want to let all those competing this coming Sunday at the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon that our very own Ray Fong will be the 1:45 pacer for the half marathon.We would like to thank the Las Vegas Running Company for allowing us to participate in the race and help all those who are trying to set PRs, season bests, or more.


If you have any questions regarding pacing or race details feel free to inbox us or come by the expo and say hi to Ray! We shall be there on Friday at 11AM :)


To all those competing we say may the course be with you! Find your happy pace everyone and best of luck to you all


Pacers needed for Las Vegas Half Marathon

Posted by Ninja Endurance Racing on November 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Attention everyone: the Las Vegas Rock n' Roll Half/Marathon need your help! If you have not signed up yet, and are looking to get a free entry into the race we have you covered.

Pacers are needed to help runners reach Boston Qualifying Standards and more. All pace leaders get a free entry, shirt, goodie bag and finisher's medal. Last year the pace leaders were given VIP passes that allowed them into the VIP tent where the good food is served. If you know anyone who wants to come out to play on December 2, can contact Tim Kelly via email ([email protected])or by phone (702-882-328)


The following pacers are needed for the marathon event: 3:05:00, 3:10:00, 3:30:00, 3:35:00, 3:40:00, 3:45:00, 410:00, 4:25:00. .

The following pacers are needed for the half marathon: 1:45:00.

As always for any and all information regarding racing event here in Las Vegas, please check out the Las Vegas Track Club website for details.



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