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6C Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter James Wilson Sports Editor One hundred seventy-eight miles. Two hundred ,fifty teams. Twelve runners a team. Two good causes. One unforgettable experience. A team of nine local runners and three from out of town participated in a relay of Homeric proportions May 30 - 31. The team was one of 250 that ran from Reno to Tahoe and back as part of the llth annual Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. Though this was the first time this group of locals took on the monster course, their camaraderie as a team dates back to 2011. Joni Moore, of Quincy, started a Facebook group named "Running Sucks." Locals would plan group runs and used the forum to share their running stories with each other. In November 2013, Kyle Merriam asked the group if anyone was interested in running the relay. The response was positive and, nearly instantaneously, a team was formed. Moore, Merriam, Lori Beeson, Michelle Schilling, Serena Barker, Leslie Edlund, Christina Kimmel, Peggy Gustafson and Marisa Lerch made up the Plumas County portion of the team. They were joined by Peggy Thompson-Hudon, Adrian Shilling and Jennifer Merriam. Kenny Lutz and Kevin McAllister did the driving portion for the team. Right off the bat, some of the team began training for the run. Barker got up to par The Supergirls get ready to take off from Reno on their massive relay adventure 178 miles from Reno to Tahoe and back in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. The team already planning for next year's race. Photo submitted May 30. The team of mostly local runners ran had such an amazing time that members are by riding a century bike ride runners kept their spirits there were moments of Every runner was faster and Beeson completed a - high during the race, which sheer exhaustion. During than they expected, and a marathon in Los Angeles. won them the Most Spirited the 27 hours, 25 minutes, few of us even beat personal The majority of the team put award, and 20 seconds it took for time records." off training until three "Before the run we all had the Supergirls to run the One of the highlights from weeks before the run, then nervous energy," said course, each team member the race was running at quickly made up for lost Moore. "We didn't sleep well was lucky to get a couple night. Race rules dictated time. the night before. It was kind hours of sleep in at a time. each runner wear a The team chose the name of like a kid trying to sleep "I was really surprised by headlight and flashing the Supergirls, and decked on Christmas Eve." how my body was able to bike-light. The Supergirls themselves out in Superman Once the race started, run so well with no sleep," took it one step further, attire including capes, skirts there was no more time for continued Moore. "We beat adorning themselves with and scarves. The group of 12 sleep. According to Moore, our projected time by 2:20. Christmas lights, glow sticks and flashing rings and bracelets. Even with all the lit accessories, the view of the stars when they were out in the middle of nowhere was still breathtaking. Another highlight of the race in general was the inspiration the local team got from a man named Juan Antonia De Olivia, known as the Army of Juan. This racer from Reno took on the entire 178-mile course by himself. Whenever the Supergirls felt sorry for themselves or felt overwhelmed, they thought of Juan and gained the strength to continue. The Supergirls finished right in the middle, placing 124th out of 250 teams. In the women's-only category, the local team placed ninth out of 19 teams. The experience was amazing enough that everyone on the team plans to go back next year. "It was absolutely a life-changing event," reflected Moore. "We met so many amazing people, gained friendships, built friendships, laughed until we cried, ran through the pain, cheered for every runner we saw, rang cowbells like no other and had a blast. We cannot wait until next year." Proceeds raised from entry fees for the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey went to the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation and to the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, a proposed trail that will follow the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe down to Pyramid Lake. ml If li The California Fish and language will take several such conduct. The protection Game Commission has voted months to complete and provided under federal law to move forward with listing approve. However, the overlaps, but does not the gray wolf as an recent decision provides supersede, protection endangered species under permanent protection for the provided by listing under California law. gray wolf, and immediate California law. The vote took place at the protection under the At this time, there are no regularly scheduled California Endangered gray wolves known to be in commission meeting in Species Act. That protection California. A male wolf Fortuna on June 4. will remain in place known as OR7 that Commissioners Richard throughout the required originated in northeastern Rogers, Jack Baylis and regulatory process. Oregon has crossed the Michael Sutton voted for The gray 'wolf is already Oregon/California state line listing, while Commissioner federally listed as an several times since Jacque Hostler-Carmesin endangered species and is December 2011. At this time, voted no. Commissioner Jim therefore protected by the OR7 is in southwestern Kellogg was not present, federal Endangered Species Oregon, where he has found "No land animal is more Act in California. The a mate. On Monday, June 3, iconic in the American West federal Endangered Species biologists from the Oregon than the gray wolf," said Act makes it unlawful to Department of Fish and Sutton, who is also president take any listed wildlife Wildlife captured of the commission. "Wolves unless permitted by photographs of two wolf pups deserve our protection as regulation. The term "take" in the vicinity. they begin to disperse from means to harass, harm, For more information Oregon to their historic pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, about gray wolves, including range in California." kill, trap, capture, collect or OR7's travels in California, The new regulatory attempt to engage in any visit If you want to at High Sierra Animal begging to be pet and Tessa The California Department every living thing is either a permitted by CDFW. "Take" of Fish and Wildlife noted predator or prey that feeds is deemed as "hunt, pursue, Endangered Species Day on another. We might not miss catch, capture or kill, or May 16 with both optimism mosquitoes, but the bats that attempt to hunt, pursue, and concern. This is the eat them by the thousands catch, capture or kill." There ninth year this special day certainly would." are 156 species, subspecies has been recognized around California was one of the and varieties of plants and 80 the world with related first states to enact statutes species of animals that are workshops, restoration protecting rare and protected as threatened or projects, exhibits and even a endangered animal species endangered under CESA. festival at the U.S. Botanic (in 1970 -- the year of the Under CESA, CDFW may Garden in the nation's first Earth Day) and remains permit the take or possession capitol, a world leader in of threatened, endangered or CDFW believes it is environmental protection. In candidate species for important to notice and take 1984 the state Legislature scientific, educational or preventive action when a consolidated and expanded management purposes, and plant or animal species's the 1970 laws, creating the may also permit take of these population has declined so California Endangered species that is incidental to much that extinction in the Species Act. CESA was otherwise lawful activities if foreseeable future is written to parallel the federal certain conditions are met. possible. As the great Endangered Species Act, and Some of the conditions for naturalist John Muir said, made CDFW the lead state incidental take are that the "When one tugs at a single agency to implement it. The take is minimized and fully thing in nature, he finds it statute is in Chapter 1.5, mitigated, adequate funding attached to the rest of the section 2050 of the Fish and is ensured for this mitigation world." 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