Ninja Endurance Racing



Turkey Day Races and Vegas Invasion

Posted by Alejandro Belmares on December 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

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


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