Nageotte, Smith help team to 12th-place finish |

Nageotte, Smith help team to 12th-place finish

Stateline runners Ron Nageotte and Ted Smith helped their relay team finish 12th out of 36 teams at the inaugural Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure over the weekend.

Nageotte and Smith each ran three legs for their team named the “Galloping Geezers.” The team finished in 25 hours, 14 minutes. The winning team finished in 19 hours, 30 minutes – averaging about 6-minute miles for the entire 178-mile course.

All members of Nageotte’s and Smith’s team were over 50. In fact, there weren’t any runners over 40 that competed.

“That’s pretty darn good for a bunch of old geezers,” said the 55-year-old Nageotte, a craps dealer at Horizon. “The tournament ran very smooth. It was well organized and we had a lot of fun as a team.”

The race began on Friday from Reno’s Whitewater Park, traveling west toward Truckee, south through the Lake Tahoe Basin, over Kingsbury Grade into the Carson Valley, south to Virginia City, then finishing in Idlewild Park. Teams were made up of 12 runners, with each member running three legs, totaling about 15 miles.

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