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Prominence Health acquires RTO for the third year in a row; Eclipse Pizza wins Women’s Open

The fastest teams are assigned a relay race, and their extensive experience, along with near-ideal conditions, led to records falling at this year’s Reno-Tahoe Odyssey.

It also helped that the trail was about four miles shorter than the usual 175-mile loop — which started in Reno on Friday, wound around Lake Tahoe and traveled back up through Carson City and Virginia City, ending Saturday at Idlewild Park in Reno.

Prominence Health won the RTO for the third year in a row, in 16 hours, 33 minutes and 49.84 seconds. It is the fastest time in the RTO’s 18 years, but will have an asterisk because it was run on the shorter course. Prominence set the course record for the 278 miles in 2022 at 16:40.35.

The six-member Ultra team ‘Legacy Reno’ came in second, setting an Ultra team record of 17:48.33.28, about two hours faster than the previous Ultra team record. The previous Ultra record was 19:44.62, set in 2022 by Srtree.

The ‘Not So Junior Striders’, an open mixed team, finished third overall on Saturday in 20:12.02.62.

The trail had to be shortened by about four miles due to construction around Homewood on the west side of Lake Tahoe. When the runners reached that Blackwood Canyon area, a ham radio operator informed the van driver on the other side of the structure at Sugar Pine that it was okay to continue.

Dominic Henriquez, team captain for Prominence Health, said there were a few new runners on the 12-man roster this year.

Team members include: Henriquez, Zach Gentry, Pete Banks, Garrett Gardner, Lorien Nightengale, Zaven O’Bryant, Colin Corrigan, Nathan Carlin, Casey Campbell and Reed Breuer.

“We had a great group. A lot of returners. A few shuffles when injuries came up and stuff,” Henriquez said. “It’s a lot of friends of friends.”

Henriquez and Corrigan are co-captains and they decided that newcomer Nathan Carlin, 20, was this year’s MVP after being a late addition to the team.

“The (MVP) is for people who pull more than their own weight,” Henriquez said.

He said the group likes the RTO for its camaraderie, a word often heard around the finish area in Idlewild Park, and that the scenic views around Lake Tahoe help too, even though much of that section is covered in the darkness of walked the night.

“This is a rare opportunity to hang out with the guys and just share a passion,” Henriquez said. “We’re all a little crazy, greedy for punishment, the running community. Part of it is an excuse to get together.”

He said there was quite a bit of wildlife seen along the route, coyotes, deer and snakes, and that some was heard but not seen in the brush around Lake Tahoe at night.

There was also a herd of wild horses on the road as they left Virginia City Saturday morning.

He said performing the RTO multiple times taught the team proper nutrition, how to warm up and prepare beforehand and how to recover during rest periods along the way.

More importantly, they have learned to minimize mistakes such as going off course.

“The bigger lessons learned are mostly how not to screw up, because all those little things just confuse you and take up time,” Henriquez said. “Even though these are lessons learned, they keep showing up because you have different team members and different leg assignments and you don’t make good decisions when you’re tired. There’s a lot of fatigue.”

Silas Frantz of the ‘Run Like the Wind’ team set a record on stage 4, known as the ‘Donner Downfall’, completing the stage in 48:40.65 on Friday morning.

The Women’s Open team ‘Eclipse Pizza’ won that division, running the relay in 20:56.34.35 and placing sixth overall. Team members include Maggie Parrish, Anna Costello, Abby Baker, Anika Kimme, Lexi Edwards, Aimee Balzar, Devyn Ramsey, Keelie Bishop, Jen McEntire, Bri Jaskot, Jasmine Rippey and Mikayla Miller.

Costello said the Eclipse team members are highly competitive, but also look forward to the camaraderie the RTO provides.

“It’s a huge community and reuniting these (people) is what makes it successful. Finding a strong community and being competitive at the same time,” Costello said.

The ‘Reno Runegades’ finished second in the Open Men’s division, in 21:11.36.52.

Henriquez said the change around the Homewood area went smoothly and was handled well by RTO officials.

“It was innovative. It worked well. I was a little nervous about it, but it turned out well,” Henriquez said of that exchange, also noting the beauty of the run. “It’s a pretty cool tour. You see a lot of cool places along the way.”

Top 10 overall

  • 1, Prominence Health, (Open Men) 16:33.4964
  • 2, Legacy Reno, (Ultramen) 17:48.33.28
  • 3, Not So Junior Striders, (Open Mixed) 20:12.02.62
  • 4, The Sinister Six, (Ultra Men) 20:28.25.82
  • 5, Chamois Bois, (Business Men) 20:44.46.72
  • 6, Eclipse Pizza, (Open Women) 20:55.34.85
  • 7, The Dirty Half Dozen, (Ultra Men) 21:03.15.66
  • 8, Reno Runegades, (Open Men) 21:11.3652
  • 9, Grand Theft Tahoe, (Open Mixed) 23:20.02.12
  • 10, Girls Gone Ultra, (Ultrawomen) 23:35.21.07

The results of the matches will be announced on Sunday morning.

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