Peuse cracks top 10 in Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run |

Peuse cracks top 10 in Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run

Tribune Staff Reports
Dan ThriftSouth Tahoe High football players Nick Garratt, left, and Clyde Cryer are racking up a nice collection of MVP honors during the summer camp schedule

Sharon Peuse led South Lake Tahoe entries in the spectacular Tahoe Rim Trail 50K Endurance Run on July 20.

Peuse finished the 30-mile race in 6 hours, 6 minutes and 14 seconds for the second-best women’s time. Jenny Capel of Reno was the top female in 5:44:49.

Tim Monaco of Oakland won the race by nearly 5 minutes in 5:11:58.00.

Bill Finkbeiner of Auburn, Calif., won the 50-mile race by a mere 20 seconds over Mike Topper of Redwood City, Calif. Finkbeiner’s winning time was 8:50:16.

The 50K and 50-mile races started and ended at Spooner Lake State Park, with a majority of the routes following single-track trails. Runners were distracted from the pain of climbing as high as 9,214 feet at Snow Valley Peak by the spectacular Lake Tahoe and surrounding area views.

Garratt, Cryer are MVPs

Nick Garratt and Clyde Cryer of South Tahoe High School are off to a good start to the upcoming football season.

Both young men earned MVP awards during football camps this summer.

Garratt was the most valuable linebacker during an eight-school Nevada Union camp at Notomas High School.

At the five-team Nevada Union Championship Defensive Camp July 12-13 at South Tahoe High, Garratt again won MVP honors for middle linebackers, while Cryer was the top defensive back.

During a July 1-4 camp at Sacramento State, South Tahoe won the tug-of-war competition.

The first of two STHS preseason scrimmages is against Douglas and Galena Aug. 24 at Galena High in Reno. The Vikings will also scrimmage Wooster on Aug. 31 in South Lake Tahoe.

The latter scrimmage will include a barbecue and Viking Quarterback Club membership drive.

Soccer camps available

Summer camp season is starting to wind down, but there’s still time and space to enroll children ages 4-17 in two soccer camps being put on by Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department.

Whittell High boys soccer coach Steve Maltase will oversee the Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16 camps, with added instruction from college and high school players.

Campers will learn team concepts and strategies as well as improve their individual skills through drills and scrimmages.

The Lil’ Kicks camp — ages 4-6 — is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and separate from the older campers (ages 7 to 17), which meet from 10 am. to 3 p.m. The younger session costs $89 per player and the older one $99.

Preregistration is required. Registration made within one week of the camp start date costs an additional $15.

Run, walk or climb to end cancer

Whether it’s walking, climbing or racing, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District and Tahoe Forest Hospice wants to encourage and invite everyone to participate in the 22nd annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run & Climb to End Cancer on Saturday.

Participants are encouraged to climb in memory and celebration of a loved Participants can register for $35 by calling the Wellness Center at 530-582-3483.

Registration is also available from 6:45 a.m.-8:00 a.m. in the start area behind the Squaw Valley USA ticket office. Runner’s start at 8:30 a.m. and the rest of the participants begin at 8:45 a.m.

The climb covers 3.6 miles and over 2,000 vertical feet. There will be water and first-aid along the way and jeep support for those that need aid on the course. Refreshments will by provided by High Camp Food & Beverage and local restaurants. The Squaw Valley USA Cable Car will be available for the ride down.

“This is a fun family event,” said Janine Turner, one of the event organizers. “This is the third year the Tahoe Forest Hospital District has hosted the event and last year over 500 people competed in memory or support of someone who has had cancer or as a survivor of cancer themselves. It’s a very positive experience.”

The top five male and female overall timed runners will receive merchandise/gift certificates and medals will go to three age group winners in the timed runner’s race.

For those not running there are other ways to help support the cause. Volunteers are needed to help out on race day or with pre-event logistics. Prayer flags can also be purchased from The Breast Cancer Fund. You can also become a pledge participant. By becoming a pledge participant you can collect pledges in advance from friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues and local businesses. To collect a pledge sheet, sign up to volunteer or register for the race call Health Promotions at (530) 582-3483.

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