Sky Rockets race to victory |

Sky Rockets race to victory

Tribune Staff Report

The sky truly was the limit for a local group of runners as they rocketed to fame June 7.

The fleet-footed Tahoe Sky Rockets did the South Shore proud by winning the masters women 40-49 division in the Captain Robert Decelle II Memorial Tahoe Relay.

Carole Songey-Moore, Sue Henson, June Lane, Dianne Salzenstein, Sandy Ruacho, Jan Bleiweiss and Lesley Tuggle finished the 72-mile run around the lake in 10 hours, 45 minutes, 8 seconds.

If they stick together, their perch on top should continue for years to come.

“Two of their runners are under 50 and the rest are over 50. Next year, they’ll be in the over 50 class. That’s not good for the over 50 women,” joked race organizer April Carter.

The Blazing Burrito Boys of Durham, Ore., threatened to break the course record, posting a winning time of 7:00:46.

Ninety-five seven-runner teams competed in nearly ideal conditions.

“It was a smaller field than last year,” Carter said. “We normally run it the second Saturday in June so we can miss the Renaissance Faire, but after we changed our date they changed their date, too. We also lost quite a few high school teams because the state track and field finals were in Sacramento.”

Consequently, Carter has already set next year’s race for June 13.

Some other Tahoe racing highlights were Emerald Bay Therapy, third, in the mixed division (teams must have three or four members of each sex). The team of Teresa Clark, Jennifer Cooper, Mark Vasquez, Rafael Elias, Matt Bisbee, Roxanne Doyle and another women crossed the finish line in 8:58:50.

In the same category, the Tahoe Mountain Milers clocked in at 9:13:33 for fourth place. Team members included Deb Birkel, Bill Devine, Jody Bradley, Mesha DeVra, Ellen Lucas, Brian Bay and Debbie Devine.

The 72-mile run is named after Captain Robert DeCelle, an accomplished distance runner who died of wounds received in Vietnam.

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