Team Member Profiles:
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. 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.
In 2016 at the Chicago
Marathon, Alejandro would improve his marathon PR by 7 minutes running
2:47:11. On October 21, 2018 at the Red Rock Canyon 10 Mile Challenge Alejandro would place 5th overall en route to 58:15.
In January of 2019 at the Ontario Mills 10K Alejandro would set the course record en route to a finish time of 35:00.4. While competing at the Sprouts Mesa-Phoenix Half Marathon in February 2019, Alejandro would PR with a time of 1:15:26. Alejandro's record setting year would continue in June running a 34:44 en route to a course record at the City Impact 10k, followed by a PR at the Red Rock 10 Mile Challenge in 57:18.
At the 2020 Mesa Marathon Alejandro placed 36th overall in 2:47:43. 2022 would see Alejandro return to form opening the season with his victory at the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas 10k in 36:44.
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.
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.
He would also win Masters Runner of the Year in 2013, following his performances locally and out of state. Gamini would make his marathon debut at CIM that same year running 2:53:49 in 2013. In 2014, Gamini would become the second member of Ninja Endurance Racing to win the Las Vegas Track Club's Championship Series. That same year, Gamini would capture the Master's win at CIM running 2:49:54. He would debut at Boston the following spring running 2:48:45 to improve his marathon PB. That September, Gamini would run Berlin in 3:04:14.
2016 would be the year Gamini would lower his marathon time yet again, this time doing so at Boston, running 2:46:07. In October he would run Chicago posting 2:48:11 to check off his third major. 2017 would witness two more major completions, first Tokyo where Gamini would run 2:42:50 and New York 2:45:05.
On April 22nd, 2018 Gamini became the FIRST person from Southern Nevada to complete all six Abbot World Marathon Majors by running the London Marathon in 2:47:45. He is also the first Sri Lankan to achieve this feat.
He is also the father of a year 10 old daughter (Hannah) and employee of the Four Seasons Hotel and Casino.
To date, Gamini's PRs stand at 17:01 earned at the 2016 B.A.A. 5K, 35:55 for the 10K, 1:15:34 in the half and 2:33:28 for the marathon
Jon Russell began his running career in Colorado as a freshman at Cherry Creek High School in 1997. He ran cross country and made the varsity squad by the end of his Freshman season. He would compete at state all four years of high school and would end his high school cross country career with a 5K PR of 16:45.
Then, from 2002 to 2016 a bunch of stuff happened not really related to running. Jon was living a productive life but running took a back seat to work and personal life. But in July 2016, Jon decided to begin running again. By February of 2017, he entered his first race in ten years and surprised himself by getting 5th place overall. The rest is history.
then, Jon has gotten first overall in the 2018 Red Rock Half Marathon (1:21:50),
first overall at the 2018 Summerlin Half Marathon (1:21:30), first overall at the
2017 Lovell Canyon Half Marathon, and fourth overall at the 2018 Red
Rock Ten Mile Challenge in 57:55.
Jon would successfully defend his title at the 2019 Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon, winning the race by more than 8 minutes with a time of 1:21:33. In March at San Diego Half Marathon, Jon would set a new PR of 1:16:11.
Now, a brand new father and husband, Jon tries to juggle running with work and family life. He is very excited to be a part of the Ninja Endurance Racing team as of February 2019 and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Benny would try a second time at the Revel Mt. Charleston course and after 7 weeks of training he improved his time earning his trip to Boston in 2:52. In February of 2020, Benny placed second at the Calico Racing Golden Knight 10k en route to a PR of 37:50.
Sportsman began running in May 2011 at age 39. Her desire to seek out
new fitness goals, coupled with boredom at the gym lead to the birth of
her running career. A month after taking up running, she would compete
in her first 5K winning her age group with a time of 31:13. By August,
she'd finished her third 5K posting a 27:24 at the 9th Annual Fire and
Police Run. In November at the Six Tunnels Turkey Trot 5K she would set a
season best mark of 26:04.
The new found confidence led to her half
marathon debut at the Rock n Roll Vegas Half in December 2011, finishing
at 2:06:47. The new year brought the goal to post a sub 25 5K as well
as a sub 2 half. She would run her first 10K in January crossing the
line in 57:44. Shortly after that Celeste would run her current PR of
24:42 at the Fat Boy Run, just two short months into the season. In
Hawaii, at the Divas Wahine Half Marathon held in April she would
complete her second half and set a PR of 1:59:01. Seven months later,
Celeste would collect her third PR of the season at the 32nd Annual
Turkey Trot winning the female 40-44 age group in 53:15.
2013 saw more
progress for Celeste, commencing with the 10K. Celeste would post 52:51
at the Las Vegas Track Club 10K Championship. In May at the OC Marathon,
Celeste would debut in the event posting a 4:19:11. She has stood on
the podium twice in the Las Vegas Xterra 5K at second place in 2013 and
2014. 2017 would open with a bang for Celeste at the Hot Chocolate 15k posting a PR with a 1:23:30.
Upon entering masters status she would set new goals that included embarking on qualifying for the Boston Marathon as well as competing in an ultra marathon.
took up running in the summer of 2008 in NYC when her friend invited
her on a run. They ran 1 mile to the community track. Did (maybe 2) laps
and ran 1 mile home. Katarina struggled to breathe and everything hurt
but she was humbled and motivated by the experience. She slowly built up
her fitness and completed her first race (NYRR Half Marathon Grand
Prix) in January 2009 clocking 1:48:50 (without wearing a watch or
wearing the proper shoes). After her first race, Katarina continued to
run for exercise but did not run any other races (or invest in a running
watch) until she moved to Las Vegas in 2012.
In 2014 Katarina set PRs across four distances in a four month span starting in April capturing the win at the Summerlin Half Marathon. Her time of 1:24:39 would be a course record. Nine days later at the Boston Marathon, Katarina would run 3:04:14. Her success carried over into the summer during the Las Vegas Track Club Track Summer Series. She would run 11:38 in the 3200m that June. Katarina would follow that up with her second course record of the year at the Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight 51K in August, winning the race in 4:10:32.
The summer of 2015 would be filled with more records and wins for Katarina. At the Summerlin Council 4th of July Firecracker 5k, Katarina would run 19:09 en route to a second place finish. A month later at the Extraterrestial Full Moon 10K, Katarina would run 41:25 capturing the overall win.
As of March 2022, Katarina has completed 13 5ks, 5 10ks, 13 half marathons, 11 full marathons, and one 51k. She has completed 3 of the 5 major marathons: Boston (x6), NYC (x2), and Chicago. Her goal is to run a sub 3:00 marathon.
She doesn’t have the privilege to say she won any state titles or national championships, however, her high school Varsity participation set the foundation for incredible things to come.
Tanya ran all four years at Mynderse Academy, making headlines in her small town’s local newspaper as the 1500m and 3000m winner of the midweek dual meets. She was also a member of the 4X800 meter relay and absolutely loved passing the baton!
Unable to attain an athletic scholarship for college, she took out student loans in order to attend college and walk-on to the Oswego State XC and Track team. After running the XC season, Tanya quit, but not before being awarded The Most Improved on the on the D3 collegiate team.
A year and an half later, Tanya found herself walking through the athletic director’s office at Wagner College, a D1 school in NYC. She transferred her junior year and, again, walked on to the team. The part of her that was missing was found again. That decision was hands down the best decision she ever made.
Tanya improved her running times in the 1500m (5:04), 3000m (11:40), and was part of the 4X800 meter relay team. She was blessed to run and compete with and against D1 athletes and race in places like Van Cortlandt Park and the Armory in NYC.
Since then, Tanya is a 14X Boston Qualifier and has completed 17 full marathons and 43 half marathons. Her marathon PR is 3:11 and her half PR is 1:31.
Tanya has been running for three decades and hopes to run her fastest marathon and half marathon times as a master to prove to herself (and inspire others) that she can achieve greatness while balancing being a mom of two, a wife, and an educator.
She is thrilled to finally be a part of a team again, and even more excited to have a coach that believes in all of her capabilities.
In 2018 Christy discovered the joy of giving running to others. She has been an active member of Achilles Las Vegas, guiding disabled Athletes in countless training runs and races. Christy has also become an active pacer, pacing the St George Marathon, Halloween Half, and Las Vegas Rock n Roll marathon in 2019.
In January of 2022 Christy became the lead coordinator for Achilles of Las Vegas, the organization that helps provide guides and pacers for athletes with disabilities.