Team Member Profiles:
Ninja Endurance Racing's co-founder Alejandro Belmares' running career began right here in Las Vegas at Palo Verde High School. Under the direction of head coach Robert Davis, Alejandro was able to improve his performances culminating with a 10th place finish at the Southern Nevada Northwest League meet in a time of 16:55 in 2003. Alejandro would also compete in track and field for four seasons with his highest achievement being crowned the Northwest League Champion in the 3200m as a senior. Alejandro would be a three year varsity letterman in cross country and track, and also a 2001 state qualifier in cross country. He would continue his running at UNLV as part of the intramural team till 2006. Alejandro would return to the racing circuit after a three year hiatus in 2009 following his participation in soccer. He would run his first half marathon in Mesquite Nevada in 2010 placing 16th respectably. In May of 2011 Alejandro placed 6th at the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in a time of 1:18:03. Alejandro would go on to shatter his previous 5K record in October of 2011 posting a 16:15 earning 4th at the 6th Annual Toyota of Orange Chapman University 5K. Alejandro would also be the 2011 Las Vegas Track Club Championship Series winner, following his performance in the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. In March of 2012 Alejandro would be the runner up at the Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon finishing in 1:22:37. A week later on March 18th at the LA Honda Marathon, Alejandro would debut in the marathon posting 2:53:02, earning a qualifying mark for Boston in 2013. On June 16th at the City Impact Half Marathon in Ventura, Alejandro would once more place second in a half, posting a season best of 1:17:05. November would witness Alejandro earn his first PR of the season at the 32nd Annual Turkey Trot 10K posting a 35:15. At the OC Half Marathon in May 2013, Alejandro placed 8th overall with a PR of 1:15:30. In 2016 at the Chicago Marathon, Alejandro would improve his marathon PR by minutes running 2:47:11. In the future he hopes to one day be able to represent his native country of Mexico at the international level.
Born and raised in Sri Lanka Gamini's began running in 2010 with no prior experience. Commencing as a hobby to relieve stress, Gamini's first race would be the Arizona Rock n' Roll Half Marathon posting 1:40:07. A month later he would complete his second half marathon finishing in 1:34:40 at the Rock n' Roll Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He would then transition to the shorter distance races running his first 5K at the 10th Annual 4th of July 5k Blast finishing in 20:11 earning 9th overall. In November he would run his first 10k Max Muscle 10k and complete the race in 43:29 despite battling the flu the day before. To date, Gamini's PRs stand at 17:01 earned at the 2016 B.A.A. 5K, 35:55 for the 10K, 1:18:52 in the half and 2:46:02 for the marathon. Among his favorite charity races Gamini lists the 2011 SEPTEMBER 10th 911 Remembrance 911k Race, Ronald McDonald 5k, Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Four Seasons Hotel (Season 4 Cure 5k), and the Make a Wish 5k. In 2014, Gamini would become the second member of Ninja Endurance Racing to win the Las Vegas Track Club's Championship Series. He would also win Masters Runner of the Year in 2013, following his performances locally and out of state. He is also the farther of 8 year old daughter (Hannah) and employee of the Four Seasons Hotel and Casino.