The Las Vegas Elite Runners Turn Heads at the Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run For Life
For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas Elite Runners participated in the Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run For Life in support of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NVCCF) who assist families with children diagnosed with a debilitating disease or critical illness and adults touched by cancer. LVER participates in this event because it is for a great cause, is well run and presents an outstanding, festive environment for our kids. Most importantly, everyone offered positive words of encouragement and praise to each other. Please visit www.nvccf.org for detailed information and services offered by NVCCF.
In the untimed mile fun run, Jasiah Davis (5), Jordan Lewis and Coach Calvin jogged the scenic Town Square Shops. This was a warmup to the main 5K race that included Roland Johns-Clemmons, Christoph Clemmons, Jordan Gowdy, Lilianah Davis, Jeramiah Davis and Kaiyah Davis-Mitchell.
Coach Stepfon ran with Roland (6) and Christoph (8). He set an aggressive pace that translated to very good times for these youngsters. Roland finished the 5K course 20/160 in 25:56 and Christoph 32/160 in 28:39. This is great prep work for their 2K USATF race.
Jordan Gowdy (8) was impressive on the 5K course especially after having a tough go at the Shockwaves Invitational. He turned heads and repeatedly received praise because he was a kid amongst giants in this race. He finished 13/160 in 23:51, which was 3 minutes faster than last year.
Lilianah Davis (12) ran the 5K race after competing in the mile race last year. She finished 24/160 in 26:19. Lili was not at her best after running very well at the Shockwave Invitational, but she ran a strong race that is good practice for her shorter 3K USATF race.
Jeramiah Davis (13) is coming back after a brief layoff. He looked very impressive and finished the 5K race 6/160 in 21:56. This was 2-minutes faster than last year. Jeramiah wants to break 20 minutes in a 5K this year. If he continues to put in the work, that goal is within reach.
Kaiyah Davis-Mitchell (15) ran this event for the first time and looked relaxed throughout the race. She is steadily lowering her times and had a 5K PR. She finished the race 16/160 in 24:45.
It was an enjoyable day for one and all at this event. Our runners enjoyed free face painting, donuts, snacks, drinks and much more. Most importantly, they received a boost of positive encouragement from the event staff and other runners who were amazed at how well we ran and wished our entire club well this year.
It was a momentous day as all our runners improved on last year’s times and were near the front of the pack. This confidence builder will serve us well as we approach our most important races of the year.
Special thanks to our founder, Naomi Davis, coaches, staff and supportive parents.