Records fall at Kokanee Trail Runs
Records were falling like pine needles and pine cones at the Lake Tahoe Kokanee Festival Trail Runs on Sunday at Taylor Creek Snow Park near South Lake Tahoe.Three records were broken, including a 3-year-old mark in the mens half marathon. Bill Raitter of Twain Harte ran 1 hour, 21 minutes, 21 seconds to knock 44 seconds off the previous course record set by Rich Hanna in 2003. His Kokanee victory also doubled as the Road Runners Club of America Western Region Trail Half Marathon Championship. The 36-year-old Raitter is a past member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and a current member of the Nevada National Guard team.Two womens records also were broken. Lynice Anderson of Reno won the womens 10K in 41:49, surpassing former South Shore resident Katie Genglers 1997 mark of 41:54.In addition, Mary Coordt of Elk Grove eclipsed former South Lake Tahoe resident Amber Ramos 5-year-old record in the 5K by 5 seconds with her victorious time of 20:31. Coordt was the 2005 Road Runners Club of America Female Road Runner of the Year and two-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials Womens Marathon.South Lake Tahoes Mike Keck won the 10K trail run in 41:40. Dennis Brinson of Carson City won the 5K in a masters division course record time of 19:25.