Holiday Half-Marathon & Relay
Holiday Half-Marathon & Half-Marathon Relay
Equestrian Park, Henderson, NV
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.
***Championship Series Event ***
Register on active.com (see link below) or mail in the downloadable PDF application. (Registration also available at local running stores)
PACKET PICK UP: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Village Runner, 217 N Stephanie Street, Henderson, NV 89074)
All entrants receive a Holiday Half-Marathon race shirt. First 100 finishers (50 male, 50 female) in half-marathon race receive medals. Awards to the top 3 Men and Women Overall & Masters and in 14 separate age groups.
Gamini Sugathadasa and Toshie Bertsch
New Leaders in Championship Series
With their success at the Forest Challenge—third overall and the female winner—Gamini and Toshie have moved to the head of the pack with three events remaining. Gamini now has 98 points and Toshie has 83.
Last month’s leaders, James Alejandro and Ojesa Kwong, both passed on the September 11-mile trail run but remained in strong contention, James is now tied for second with Eric Hosafros, who finished fourth overall at the Forest Challenge; both have 82 points. Ojesa now stands alone in fourth place with 74 points, three points behind Maria Riach (77); one point behind Amy Leonard (75); and one point clear of Erica Schramm (73), who is alone in fifth place. Both Maria and Amy moved up after earning points at the Forest Challenge. Rounding out the top five among the men are Sergio Ibarra (72), seventh overall at the Forest Challenge, and Jake Mazone (57), who passed in September.
So where does the “Battle for the Bowls” stand with three events remaining?
In the competition among the men, the top four guys have distanced themselves from the field, with Gamini now in the best shape. He has a 16-point lead over James and Eric. Sergio is fourth, another ten points back. Of the four, Eric has competed in one less event—seven to their eight—meaning he can potentially pick up some extra points if he runs in all three events.
The battle for that fifth bowl is wide open, with six men within 11 points: Jake Mazone, 57; Evan Alejandro, 54; Carl Wright and Andrew Duncan, both with 53; Mike Kelley, 50; and last year’s winner, Dominic Henriques, with 46. All six have three races in hand.
For the women, it appears to be six for five. Toshie with her 83 points and all three races in hand (she has completed in only six events), has a clear advantage over runner-up Maria who has run in all nine events and can only score in ten. Amy (75), who has run in just seven events, is likely to catch Maria (77) and stay ahead of Ojesa (74), who won’t finish her high school cross country season until November. That leaves Erica (73) in good shape to catch everyone (except possibly Toshie) if she chooses to go all out and run the Danny Gans 5K (October), the Turkey Trot 10K (November), and the Holiday Half Marathon (December). Because when Erica runs she is tough to beat and often wins, as she did in July at the Notch Run!
Good luck to all.
(Phil Lawton, Championship Series Chair)