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623 runners turn out for Lake Tahoe Relay

Michael Traum

While the turnout was down a bit, the 34th annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay was a success once again, according to race director April Carter.

“Normally we have over 100 teams. This year only 89 entered and 87 finished. I think El Nino hurt us a bit,” Carter said.

Those who chose to run were greeted with ideal conditions. Previously wet weather gave way to a postcard-perfect Tahoe day for a race held by Carter and the DeCelle family in honor of her brother, Robert II, who died in Vietnam, and her father, Robert, who passed away just two weeks after last year’s race.

“My mom (Ludine) even shot the gun to start the race for the first time. It’s become a family thing. Even the grandkids expect to do it,” said Carter, whose maiden name was DeCelle.

Runners ran seven legs around Lake Tahoe, ranging in length from 8.3 miles to 12.2. The race originated in 1968 when a group of athletes training for the Olympics at Echo Summit decided to complete the lake circuit.

The Chico Track Club Seniors won the men’s open division in 7 hours, 6 minutes and 27 seconds. They included Todd Stevens, Ryan Lure, Jeff Oberlutz, Noah Marvis, Chris Myers, Gary Towne and Art Martin.

In the women’s open, the Tahoe Tessies posted an 8:54.37 to win (also best in the over-40 category). They were Marianne Zerebko, Terry Adams-Schmidt, Ellen Lucas, Jackie Buratovich-Collins, Sherie Schmidt, Missy Sandeman and Cathy Fitzgerald.

Also in the women’s category, the Tahoe Skyrockettes won the over-50 in 11:00.58. They were Sue Henson, June Lane, Carole Songey-Moore, Dianne Salzenstein, Sandy Raucho, Lesley Tuggle and Jane Thompson.

Also running from the Reno-Tahoe were Tahoe Cruisers, who finished ninth and second in the master’s men division. They were Dennis Brinson, Dave Price, Dave Carlson, Dennis Pederson, Jerry Martinez, Ken Shoop and Jill Silva.

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