Half marathon record falls in Kokanee Festival Trail Runs
Records were falling like pine needles and pine cones at the Lake Tahoe Kokanee Festival Trail Runs on Sunday at Taylor Creek Snow Park.
Three records were broken, including a 3-year-old mark in the men’s half marathon. Bill Raitter of Twain Harte replaced Rich Hanna in the record books with a winning time of 1 hour, 21 minutes, 21 seconds.
Raitter’s Kokanee victory also doubled as the Road Runners Club of America Western Region Trail Half Marathon Championship.
Two women’s records also were broken. Lynice Anderson of Reno won the women’s 10K in 41:49, surpassing former South Shore resident Katie Gengler’s 1997 mark of 41:54.
In addition, Mary Coordt of Elk Grove eclipsed former South Lake Tahoe resident Amber Ramos’ 5-year-old record in the 5K by 5 seconds with her victorious time of 20:31.
South Lake Tahoe produced a winner in the men’s 10K with Mike Keck completing the trail run in 41:40. Dennis Brinson won the 5K in 19:25.
STHS cross country coach Dominique Westlake still holds the course records in the 5K and 10K at 17:35 and 36:02, respectively.
In the women’s half marathon, Tina Ure of Mount Shasta took first place at 1:42:44. She is the existing women’s masters record holder at 1:42:24.
Race director David Cotter said the turnout was one of the better ones in the past three or four years, despite following last week’s Lake Tahoe Marathon and the presence of some untimely smoke from the Cathedral Fire.
“Some of them noticed the smoke, but it wasn’t as bad this morning as it was yesterday when we were marking the course,” said Cotter, who has been organizing the scenic trail runs for 17 years. “The Kokanee event has been such a pleasure to be a part of; it’s a family-oriented event and people seem to have a really good time.”