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Dominant Team Performance Sets Tone for October Schedule.

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on November 1, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The month of October would kick off with two races on the same day across state lines.

At the 13th Annual Season Seasons 4 a Cure on October 7th NER would yield 17 members en route to one of the most dominant performances in team history. Landing ten members in the top 20, the team could collect hardware in every age category it would yield a runner, sweeping age groups across the board.


Thomas Johnson would return to his winning ways capturing his ninth win of the season (team's 18th), doing so in dramatic fashion. Thomas' winning time would be .4 faster than runner up Steve Morgan. Johnny Hilario would place third overall crossing in 17:25. Fifth and sixth place overall would be taken by Matt Shelton (18:22) and Gamini Sugathadasa (18:38). Newcomer, Joe Kennedy would place 8th in 19:57. Johnny Lopez would once more have a record setting run, dropping his PR by 6 seconds to 21:05 notching 15th place overall. 18th and 19th would be taken by David Gonzales and Gabe Dunkle's 21:27 and 21:33 respectably. Matthew, Gamini, Joe and Gabe Dunkle would each go on to capture their respective age groups.

 

On the women's side, Lisa Leonard would return to the racing circuit following her Half Ironman Championship performance capturing her fourth win (team's 19th) of the season in 20:31. Betty Cook would be the runner up on the women's side coming through the line in 21:33. Carmen Barber would be the third runner to cross doing so once again in record setting fashion. Carmen would place 37th overall (second in age group) in 24:16.9, just missing out on 36th by .6 of a second.  Ginja Runner Amy Leonard would capture 53rd overall with a time of 27:27 earning the iron girl award for competing a day after partaking in Tough Mudder. Five places back, Linda Gonzales would post a 28:18, followed by Celeste Sportsman who returned to the racing circuit following a stint on the DL. Celeste would place 59th overall in 28:49.


Across state lines in sunny Southern California at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, NER would have three members compete. Alejandro Belmares and Chris Clark would represent the men in the marathon, while Priscilla Ortiz would be the lone female representative and make her half marathon debut. Alejandro would place 8th overall grabbing a spot on the leaderboard in 2:55:02. The 8th place finish would also help him capture the Male 25-29 age group in a race that featured 2,890 runners. Once more Alejandro would be the top runner from the city of Las Vegas and state of Nevada. Meanwhile, Chris Clark would compete in his third marathon earning 412th place (24th in the male 20-24 age group) in 3:55:54 breaking the 4 hour barrier for a third consecutive time.

 

Priscilla Ortiz would cover the 13.1 mile course in 1:47:24, finishing 12th in the female 20-24. Priscilla would capture 649th place overall in a race that featured 11,260 participants. Her time would allow her to finish within the top 150 women, being the 149th overall.

October 20th would be another double date for NER as members would compete in two separate events. The first event would be the Danny Gans Champions for Life Run, a course that was measured at 3.27 miles. Thomas Johnson set the tone placing 3rd overall in 17:07 holding off five other competitors at the line. Alejandro Belmares would return to the local racing scene following his 8th place performance at the Long Beach Marathon just missing out the top 10 in 11th overall, capturing 2nd in the male 25-29 age group in 18:11 (for 3.27 miles). Gamini Sugathadasa's 19:29 would earn him 20th overall (4th in 40-44 age group). Four places back would be Michael Johnston in 19:50 to win the male 35-39 age group. Joe Kennedy would make his official team debut placing 30th overall in 20:56 (4th male in 25-29 age group).

The female ninjas would be represented well as each member would win their respective age groups. Led by Betty Cook's who would be the 4th overall female (39th overall). Betty would cover the 3.27 course in 22:27 winning the 40-44  age group. Priscilla Ortiz would be the 5th overall female winning the female 20-24 age group in a time of 22:47. Ginja Ninja Amy Leonard would place as the 19th overall female (78th overall) winning the female 35-39 age group in 26:23.

While the team raced on the pavement, Lisa Leonard and Matt Shelton would take on water, road, and pavement at the Pumpkinman Triathlon held in in Boulder City. A month after Lisa Leonard's historic Half Ironman World Championship performance, Lisa would dominate yet again. Lisa would place 3rd overall in 2:42:48, 20 seconds behind the runner up. Lisa would cover the swim portion in 27:41, before finishing the ride portion of the course in 1:24:21. The final leg of the race would feature the 10K, where Lisa would go on to post a 45:47. Lisa would compete in the Olympic distance triathlon which consisted of a 1500m swim, 24.8 mile ride, and conclude with a 10K (6.2 mile run)

Matt Shelton would represent NER in the sprint distance, swimming 750m, riding 12.4 miles, and running a 5K (3.1 miles). Matt would place 4th in his age group en route a 34th overall finish in a time of 1:34:27. Matt would swim the half mile in 17:10 before the cycling portion. Matt would cover the 12.4 mile ride in 51:55, before finishing the final 5K in 19:59.

The solid performances by Matt and Lisa would pave the way for next season as the NER triathlon team ended the season on a high note.

 


Since January, every active member competing has 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 marathons. The team has also won 4 team championships, earned 1 2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier, 4 2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers, won 19 local racing events, placed second in 3 half marathons, and achieved 1 sub 16 5K.


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.

 


Currently our WINNING tally as of October 31st stands as follows:

Thomas Johnson - 8 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

 


 



Team Donations

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on October 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I know money is tight for some of you, but a simple $5 donation would not only help Ninja Endurance Racing but help get the name out there. Our mission is to continue to grow and develop not just here in Southern Nevada, but on the west coast. We want to offer athletes and opportunity to get to the next level, doing it in a positive close knit-family oriented team effort.

 

By doing this, we hope is to be able to allocate enough funds for our banquet in December for trophies, medals, certificates, team gear and much more for all our hard working members. Each one of you have made NER what it is today and will be in the future. Your hard work and dedication have made us one of the fastest growing groups in the city. Your hard work and dedication has made us a trademark in races, and will continue to carry us into the future. 

 

We also want to use this fund to help members who are unable to pay for races such as the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, or any other Las Vegas Track Club Championship Series Event. Our sport can be expensive when you factor in gear and travel cost. We want to ease the burden of many of our members by assisting them when funds are scarce to compete. Our desire is to compete at every event with a full roster in order to not only win team championships, but help bring aboard new members.

 

Our quest to become the best team in Las Vegas is a difficult one, but with your assistance we can certainly achieve this and much more.

As always if you have any questions in regards to our team fund collection, or any NER matters, email us at: [email protected]

 

Thanks you everyone

 

Alejandro Belmares

Co-Founder of Ninja Endurance Racing

 

 

Sizzling September and World Championship Performance

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on September 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM

With two thirds of the season coming to an end after the month of September, NER made history thanks in part to Lisa Leonard's dominance in the triathlon racing circuit.

A month after sweeping a 10K, NER would earn another one, this time at the 12th Annual A Million to One 5K on September 1st. Thomas Johnson, Alejandro Belmares, and Gamini Sugathadasa would go 1-2-3 en route to capturing the team's 15th win of the season. Thomas would cruise to the win in 17:20, followed by Alejandro six seconds later. Gamini would be 3rd in 18:54. Carmen Barber would make her official team debut at a major event, doing so in record setting fashion taking 26th overall (5th overall female) in 24:44. Carmen would post a PR by more than 2 minutes from her last race in May.

 

While the team raced here in town, two ninjas would travel to Anaheim and run the Disneyland Half Marathon. Gabe Dunkle would be the top finisher en route a record setting performance. Covering the 13.1 mile course. Gabe would place 385th overall (out of 1,5009) in 1:42:51. Gabe would smash his previous PR by more than 14 minutes while finishing in the top half of the male 35-39 age group. Matthew Steed would debut in the half marathon at this event taking 8288nd place in 2:45:59.

A week later, newcomer Johnny Lopez on September 8th would debut in record setting fashion. At the 22nd Annual Candlelighters 5K, Johnny would would place 12th overall in 21:11 capturing 2nd in 25-29 male age group. Johnny's record time came just 6 days after competing in the Pocatello Marathon. On the women's side, Carmen Barber would improve her mark from the week before crossing the line in 24:42 in 52nd place. Carmen would be the fifth woman to finish the 3.1 mile course in the female 35-39 age bracket.

While Johnny and Carmen would run in Southern Highlands, Thomas Johnson, Matt Shelton, and Theresa Guerra would compete in the Ryno Running Red rock 5K. In a field that featured elite runners, Thomas Johnson would come through 8th overall in 17:49 on a course that featured hills, turns, and much more. Thomas' time would help him place 4th in the male 18-25 age group, in a race where the winning time was 15:01. Matt Shelton would be next runner to cross the line in 13th overall with a time of 19:41, 6th in the 18-25 age group. The lone female representative in this event would be Theresa Guerra. Theresa would finish as the fourth overall female in 22:19 claiming a money prize of $150. Padawan member Dayton Rabideau would set a new PR in the 5K with his time of 25:25, claiming 61st overall.


Sunday September 9th would be the most historic day in the existence of NER. Lisa Leonard would put NER on the Ironman Championship scene for first time in team history. Lisa would take on the grueling task of swimming 1.2 miles, riding 56 miles, and running 13.1. Braving the heat and hills of Lake Las Vegas and Henderson, Lisa's performance would be one of a kind. Lisa would go to place 854th overall (out of 2159 competitors), 22nd (out of 89) in the female 25-29 age group and be the 181st female athlete to cross the line. Lisa would cover the 1.2 mile swim in 36:05, before heading into her first transition. Lisa would speed her way onto the bike after the transition moving up in the standing. Exiting the water, Lisa would 996th overall. She would cover the 56 mile ride in 3:35:44 jumping up to 923rd overall. On the final portion of the course, Lisa's half marathon would see her post a 1:59:04 during the competitions hottest part of the day. Lisa's superb performance would inspire Matt Shelton, Theresa Guerra, and Amy Leonard to begin training triathlon races, helping NER cross into the tri racing circuit.

September 16th would mark the return to the mountains, at the 30th Annual Forest Challenge held at Mt. Charleston seeking to once more be crowned kings of the mountain. Gamini Sugathadasa and Betty Cook would carry the NER banner into competition. Placing 3rd overall, Gamini would cover the 6.1 mile course in 48:12. Betty Cook would be the top female finisher yet again adding another victory to her tally crossing the line in 52:56. Betty would go on to place an impressive 9th overall, capturing the win by one minute over the runner up, for her FOURTH win of the season (team's 17th).


The Sunset Rock 'n' Run on September 22nd yielded two top 5 finished in two seperate races. Competing in the 10K, Chris Clark narrowly missed out on capturing his third win of the season, placing 2nd overall in 37:44 Chris would finish 3 minutes ahead of the 3rd place runner.

David Gonzales would compete in the 5K placing fifth overall in 21:45 en route to capturing the male 40-49 age group. Matthew Steed would also compete for the first time since his half marathon in Anaheim. Matthew would go on to finish 58th overall in 30:10, earning 6th in the male 20-29 age group.

While NER competed at Kellog-Zaher park, Michael Johnston would compete in Tivoli Square the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Run. Placing 4th overall in a time of 18:56, Michael would go on to capture the male 30-39 age group. Michael would go on to capture the age group by finishing more than 3 minutes ahead of the runner up.

 


Since January, every active member competing has 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 marathons. The team has also won 4 team championships, earned 1 2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier, 4 2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers, won 17 local racing events, placed second in 3 half marathons, and achieved 1 sub 16 5K.


Currently our WINNING tally as of September 30th stands as follows:

Thomas Johnson - 7 events

Betty Cook - 4 Events

Lisa Leonard - 3 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

 

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

 


 


Volunteers Needed

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on September 21, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Runnerspace Nevada is need of team members and or volunteers to assist at the Southern Cross Country Regionals and State Cross Country Meet at Veterans Park Friday Oct 26 (Nevada Day) and Saturday Nov 3.

We will need manpower to help in the finish chute and as official course monitors.


All those seeking to assist please contact John Dixon at [email protected]

For more information about Southern Nevada Cross Country/Track go to Runnerspace Nevada.


Medals for Mettle

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on September 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Our team was recently contacted by the an excellent foundation seeking to help others in need. At the Million to One 5K a couple of weeks ago and told our members were contacted by Heather Dunbar about the organization Medals 4 Mettle.  Heather is the Las Vegas Chapter Coordinator for Medals 4 Mettle (M4M).  M4M facilities the gifting of marathon, half marathon and triathlon finishers' medals from runners to children and adults dealing with chronic or debilitating illnesses.

Heather is asking if any of our members willing to donate their medals to partake in this great cause. Heather can us at a training run one of your training runs to collect the medals or whatever would be most convenient for those willing to donate.

Information on Medals 4 Mettle can be seen here



For more information to contact Heather directly see the information below.

 

Heather Dunbar

Medals 4 Mettle

Las Vegas Chapter Coordinator (414) 828-0121 www.medals4mettle.org

 


Summer Winds Down

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on September 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The month of August began with one of the most challenging races on the schedule for NER. On August 4th, seeking to claim another team title with new recruits, the team competed on the NIAA state cross country course at the 16th Annual Legends of Cross Country course in Boulder City.

The race would allow NER to square off against rival teams as well as high school cross country teams. Padawan runner, Dayton Rabideau would open the racing by taking on the two mile event. Dayton would knock off more than 2 minutes from his last two mile race, finishing in 13:00 earning 4th overall.

The 5K would feature two events, a seeded race along with an open race allowing runners to partake in which ever event they desired. NER would have enough members to yield squads for both events, looking to claim another team title in a local race.

The open race would have two runners make their official team debut as David and Linda Gonzales would join our ranks. David would be the team's top finisher in the open race crossing the line 22nd overall (4th in male 40-44 age group) in 23:00. Gabe Dunkle would follow 7 placed behind in 29th (4th in male 30-34 male age group) finishing in 23:38. On the women's side Amy Leonard would lead the women's field with her 28:16 (3rd in female 35-39 age group) making her the 20th overall woman. Celeste Sportsman would be the 26th overall woman with her 31:20, earning 4th overall in the female 40-44 age group. Linda Gonzales would be final member to cross and in her debut would undertake the 3.1 mile course in 32:43 battling shin splints and earning the irongirl award.

 

Competing in the seeded race and looking to capture another team title, NER would take on other teams seeking  to make history. Johnny Hilario would be the top finisher for the men in 17:58 grabbing 11th overall. Thomas Johnson would follow 3 places back in 14h overall (8th in male 19-under) with a 18:11. Alejandro Belmares would capture 16th overall (3rd in male 20-29) in 18:15. Gamini Sugathadasa would cross the line in 27th overall (2nd in male 40-44 age group). Matt Shelton would be 31st in 19:30. Michael Johnston would be final member to cross and in the process hold off two younger runners winning 2nd overall in 30-39 age group in 20:39. The women would be lead by Theresa Guerra who would place 3rd in the female 19-under group with her 22:33. Priscilla Ortiz would cover the course in 24:45.

 

Overall the team would place second in the team competition, falling to Red Rock Running Company.

Less than 12 hours after competing in Boulder City, NER would double up having five members compete in Rachel walking away with two wins, but more importantly a historic sweep in the ET Full Moon 10K on August 5th.

Thomas Johnson, Alejandro Belmares, and Johnny Hilario would go 1-2-3 in the 10K event. The win would help the team capture its 13th win of the season as well as Thomas' fifth. More importantly Thomas would capture his second 10K race of the season, this time doing it in 36:52. Alejandro would follow 9 seconds back in 37:01, while Johnny would cross in 37:32. Gabe Dunkle would set a PR in the 10K, despite running earlier that morning. Gabe's 45:47 would not only help him place 8th overall but more importantly land 2nd overall in the male 35-39.

Co-founder Tim Reilly would compete in the half marathon, claiming the victory in 1:30:04 to complete the sweep. Tim would finish more than two minutes ahead of the runner up.

NER would return to the track for the Summer Track Series on August 7th fulfilling their need for speed by competing in 800m/400m events.

n the 800m event, Thomas Johnson would win the race in 2:05.46, just ahead of the runner up who came in at 2:05.96. 3rd-5th place would be captured by Johnny Hilario in 2:14.72, Jason Smith in 2:15.63, and Matt Shelton in 2:20.01. Amy Leonard would be 19th and the lone female representative doing so with a 3:41.14

 

The 400m would be broken down into several heats and after accumulating the times four runners would be in the top 10. Matt Shelton would place 2nd with a time of 56.32. 3rd and 4th would be Thomas Johnson in 57.31 and Jason Smith 57.72. Johnny Hilario would earn 7th in 60:05. Gamini Sugathadasa would be 10th with his time of 62.64. Dayton Rabideau crossed in 72.98 15th overall. Amy Leonard would once more be the lone female ninja finishing in 1:40.64 25th overall.

 


At the 11th Annual Police and Firefighters 10K held on August 11th, Newcomer David Gonzales and Gamini Sugathadasa would both walk away with hardware. Gamini would be the third overall finisher in 40:22, three seconds behind the runner up. David Gonzales would post a 48:57 in 21st place, capturing 2nd overall in the Male 40-44 Age Group.

A week later, at Silver Bowl Park, David Gonzales would compete for the third week in a row, placing 7th overall in 22:12, David would place third overall in the male 40-44 age bracket. On the women's side Amy Leonard would capture the female 35-39 age group by placing 30th overall in 27:25.

The racing month would come to an end on August 25th at the Back to School Run by the Las Vegas Track Club, NER would take to pavement for a 4 mile race. David Gonzales would be the top finisher, crossing 5th overall in 29:47. 34th and 37th overall would be captured by Linda Gonzales and Bill Daniels 41:16 and 43:29.

 

In the 2 mile race, after a two month hiatus, Brandon Verde would place 2nd overall in 15:38.

During the month of August, the 22 active man roster would continue to grow and develop seeking to gain dominance over the local racing scene.

 

Since January, 19 memebers have 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 marathons. The team has also won 4 team championships, earned 1 2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier, 4 2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers, won 15 local racing events, placed second in 3 half marathons, and achieved 1 sub 16 5K.

 

Currently our WINNING tally as of August 30th stands as follows:

Thomas Johnson - 7 events

Betty Cook - 3 Events

Lisa Leonard - 3 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

 

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

 


Ginja Marathon Debut

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on August 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Our very own Amy Leonard will be celebrating her 40th birthday with her first 26.2 mile event. Amy will make her marathon debut at the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach on February 3rd, 2013.

In an effort to provide support, morale boosting, and an excuse for a team trip to the beach NER is looking for members to run with our ginja. Non-running friends and family, come out and enjoy the beach. The race WILL sell out so if you think you want to run, plan early. Registration can be done here :)

For any and all further details, please contact Amy directly via email at: [email protected] 

Team Entry for October Races

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on August 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The month of October will feature our team competing in two major events locally. The first event will be the Season 4 Cure 5K on October 7th. The race will be at the Nevada Cancer Institute in Summerlin. NER will be seeking another team title at this event. We invite all our members to join our team and help us raise funds to fight this terrible disease. We also wish to extend all those interested in joing our team to compete at this event with us.

Our team page can be found here: https://www.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=997853&lis=1&kntae997853=1A1A07E2AA76480C95BA93FD06C2F2CD&jt=5216585&teamsName=NNJA+ENDURANCE+RACING+

The second event will be the Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run on October 20th. A team will also be created for this event to help raise funds for cancer yet again. Once more we encourage all our members and all those wishing to compete with us to sign up for this event with our group.

The final event will be a fun event: The Las Vegas Zombie Run. Our goal for this event is celebrate Halloween and our love for the undead. All members interested in this event can contact Alejandro in order to set up a team with an accurate head count (no pun intended). We shall know who will win in a epic battle between ninjas and zombies.

Stay tuned for more details as these events get closer.


New Racing Kits

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Our goal is to provide all our members with top designed singlets at a fair and balanced price. During events, our uniforms have become our signature. We want all our members to feel pride and honored to put on our gear. We have some exiciting news for the ladies and our new recruits as well as current team members.


Concerns in regards to our singlets (and their fit) have been heard. So after trolling around the internet we have found a viable option. To mix things up we'll remake the kit colors. The gals will now be sporting white as the primary colors and black as the accent. The guys primary color will be black with the accent white.

Ideally we would wait for Brooks (we still can for those that want a true to size fit). But in the event Brooks fails to release those colors (yargh) we found THESE!

Gals:

Guys:



Prices for the kits will be the same at $35. The fee includes the singlet plus the print fee deposit. Members will still be able to personalize their singlet with their last name or first name if they so desire.

For any and all questions in regards to our kits email us directly at: [email protected]

Scorching Summer, Scorching Times

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

With summer coming into the desert, the heat brought some scorching temperatures and times to the city. NER would compete in 8 races over the month, making it one of the busiest months of the season. Two races would feature co-founder Tim Reilly competeing in the city of Chicago.

The month opened with a blast as July 4th would feature NER team members competing across the valley in two events. The first event would be the 12th Annual Fourth of July Blast hosted by the Las Vegas Running Team at Findlay Chevrolet. On a course that has witnessed some of the greatest races by NER, Johnny Hilario would lead the team with his 3rd overall finish in 17:34. Sixth overall would be claimed by Gamini Sugathadasa who would once more capture the Master's Age Group by finishing in 18:26. Matt Shelton would take 9th overall (2nd in male 15-19 age group) with his 19:22 finish. Lisa Leonard would claim yet another victory by being the top overall female crossing in 19:33 for 11th overall,  winning by over a minute. Her victory would help the team capture its 11th win of the season, and move Lisa one step closer to attaining the triple crown in running (victories in 5K, 10K, and half marathon). The win would also be Lisa's second win of the season.

Meanwhile in Summerlin, top Gun Thomas Johnson would seek to make history, looking to claim the team's first three-peat at the Summerlin Firecracker 5K. Since the induction of the race, current or alumni from Palo Verde High School have claimed victory, the last two by Thomas. Alejandro Belmares has competed in the event the past 12 years, finishing second the last 7 years. This year though, the story would change, as NER would manage to send out six members to the event. Thomas and Alejandro would go 1-2 but for the team as Andrew Duncan would claim the race victory. Thomas would post a 16:52 for 2nd overall and Alejandro 3rd in 17:03. Team Sensai Robert Davis would return to the racing circuit in this annual event finishing in 22:39 for 39th overall (fourth in male 40-44 age group). Gabriel Dunkle would finish two places behind in 22:54 claiming 4th in the male 35-39 age group.

On the women's side Theresa Guerra would be the runner up for the women placing 24th overall in 21:14. Priscilla Ortiz would continue her PR streak lowering her time yet again, this time crossing the line in 21:28.

Three days after competing in the valley the team took to new heights seeking to become kings of the mountains at the 35th Annual Las Vegas Track Club  Notch Run. Competing at 8,000 feet above sea level on a course that featured an 8% grade climb, Alejandro Belmares set the tone for day as NER would collect more hardware with his 4th overall finish (29:45). Johnny Hilario would continue his superb running crossing the line 6th overall in 30:24 capturing the male 15-19 age group. Thomas Johnson and Matt Shelton would go 9th and 10th overall in 31:18 and 31:34. Two more ninjas would cross together as 15th and 16th overall would be claimed by Michael Johnston and Gamini Sugathadasa finishing in 34:40 and 34:56. Gabriel Dunkle would finish in 42nd overall claiming 5th in the male 35-39 age group in 41:00.

On the women's side Lisa Leonard would set the pace crossing in 24th overall in 36:30 finishing as the third overall female. Theresa Guerra would come through three places later in 27th to claim the female 15-19 age group with her 37:43 finish. Priscilla Ortiz would capture 41st place overall as well as the female 20-24 age group with her time of 40:54. Celeste Sportman would capture 3rd place in the female 40-44 age group with her 51:54 for 81st place overall.

On July 10th, competing for the third time on the track as part of the summer series, NER would claim its 12th victory of the season. Thomas Johnson would claim the mile race in 4:37.60 beating out Andrew Duncan by two seconds. Johnny Hilario would finish in 4th place just missing out on a sub 5 minute mile by finishing in 5:00. Matt Shelton would capture 7th place overall by clocking in at 5:08.

Co-founder Tim Reilly would once more take on the streets of Chicago, this time at the Bastille Festival Day Run, on July 12th The race would be a staple of college racing (8K). Tim would cover the course in 30:04 notching 7th place overall, 3rd in the male 25-29 age group.

The following Saturday (July 14th) at a low key event, Jason Smith would enter the NER ranks winning the male 20-24 age group en route to a 20:20 finish, earning 12th overall. Betty Cook would be the lone woman capturing the 40-44 female age group in 21:47.

Bill Daniels would return to Utah to compete yet again, this time at the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. The event however would be highlighted by NER's youngest member, Hayden returning to the racing circuit. Bill would cross the line in 436th overall in a time of 1:58:40. Bill would place 29th in the male 40-44 age group being the 14th runner in from the state of Nevada. Hayden would compete in the 5K returning to the racing circuit after a year hiatus. Hayden would place 36th overall in 26:48 en route a third place place in the male 11-under group.


July 19th Tim Reilly would once more compete on the street of Chicago, this time at the Chicago Firefighters for Kids Run. Tim would place 7th overall in 18:15 narrowly missing on the age group win, in a race that featured nearly 900 competitors.

The month would come to an end on a high note at the Christmas in July 5K hosted by the Las Vegas Track Club at Bunker Park. Thomas Johnson would claim his 5th win of the year and the team's 13th. Making the win more impressive was Thomas missing the turn around point and still walking away with a 28 second victory in 17:11.

Competing in the 2 mile race, padawan runner Dayton Rabideau would place second overall in the race covering the course in 15:18. Dayton's performance would help him capture the 11-14 age group.


NER would also see its roster expand to 22 active members with the addition of four new runners. Johnny Lopez, Jason Smith and David Gonzales would join the men's ranks, while Linda Gonzales would be the lone woman to join the ninja ladies.


Since January, 19 memebers have 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 marathons. The team has also won 4 team championships, earned 1 2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier, 4 2012 New York City Marathon Qualifiers, won 13 local racing events, placed second in 3 half marathons, and achieved 1 sub 16 5K.

 

Currently our WINNING tally as of July 31st stands as follows:

Thomas Johnson - 5 events

Betty Cook - 3 Events

Lisa Leonard - 3 Events

Chris Clark - 2 Events


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

 

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

 







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