Lake looped in just over seven hours |

Lake looped in just over seven hours

They pounded the pavement for half a day, and they weren’t even looking for employment.

All 77 seven-runner teams made it around the lake in the allotted 13 hours in the 37th running of the DeCelle Memorial Relay on Saturday.

‘We all felt that it was one of the funnest years. It was more of a party atmosphere instead of going out there with the intention of killing the other opponents,” said race director April Carter.

California of Delano, Calif., completed the 72-mile relay in 7 hours, 11 minutes and 10 seconds. The winning time was nearly an hour off the course record time of 6:16:28 set in 1982 by the Stereoscope Loafers.

“I don’t think anybody will ever break the record. The group of guys who have the record qualified for the Olympic 10,000 meters,” Carter said.

Tom Valles, Rey Sanchez, Jose Medina, Jose Perezchica, Galvin Gonzalez, Juan Hernandez and Omar Garcia comprised the winning team. It was the fifth time in six years that the winning time was above the 7-hour mark.

The Reebok Aggies from the Sacramento area were a close second at 7:13:47. They also won the Masters Men Over 40 class. Finishing third was McFarland High School near Bakersfield, Calif., at 7:24:09.

Eclipse Running of Reno claimed the women’s title, lapping the lake in 8:20:45. The Tahoe Tessies, a perennial power in the women’s division, captured the 40-49 division in 9:01:39. The team consisted of Lake Tahoe Community College cross country coach Terry Adams-Schmidt, Marianne Zerebko, Jackie Collins, Missy Sandeman, Ellen Lucas, Maria Figueroa and Ann Conlin.

Eufay Running Divas of the Lake Tahoe area was second in the open women’s division at 9:44:05.

Other local finishes included the North Lake Tahoe Fire Department in 39th at 10:17:30 and the Hyatt Regency in 66th at 11:25:46.

Carter hopes to have complete results on the race’s Web site ( by the end of the week.

Proceeds from the event went to the Ponderosa High cross country team.

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