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6C Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plu 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 178 miles from Reno to Tahoe and back in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. already planning for next year's race. Photo submitted adventure May 30. The team of mostly local runners ran The team had such an amazing time that members are by riding a century bike ride runners kept their spirits there were moments of and Beeson completed a high during the race, which sheer exhaustion. During , marathon in Los Angeles.won them the Most Spirited the 27 hours, 25 minutes, The majority'ofthe team put award, and 20 seconds it took for off training until three "Before the run we all had the Supergirls to run the weeks before the run, thennervous energy," said course, each team member quickly made up for lost Moore. "We didn't sleep well was lucky to get a couple time. the night before. It was kind hours of sleep in at a time. The team chose the name of like a kid trying to sleep "I was really surprised by the SUpergirls, and deckedon Christmas Eve." how my body was able to themselves out in SupermanOnce the race started, run so well with no sleep," attire including capes, skirts there was no more time for continued Moore. "We beat and scarves. The group of 12 sleep. According to Moore, our projected time by 2:20. Every runner was faster thar they expected, and a few of us even beat personal time records." One of the highlights from the race was running at night. Race rules dictated each runner wear a headlight and flashing bike-light. The Supergirls took it one step further, adorning themselves with 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. The California Fish and language will take several such conduct. Theprotection Game Commission has votedmonths 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 isDecember 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," saidAct 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 asregulation. 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 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife noted Endangered Species Day on May 16 with both optimism and concern. This is the ninth year this special day has been recognized around the world with related workshops, restoration projects, exhibits and even a festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden in the nation's capitol. CDFW believes it is important to notice and take preventive action when a plant or animal species's population has declined so much that extinction in the foreseeable future is possible. As the great naturalist John Muir said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." "It's easy to think nobody will miss one kind of bug or fish," said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. "But * DOG BOARDING FACILITY * State-of-the-art facility for your pet, offering climate controlled indoor runs with a year-round fenced outdoor exercise yard. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon. thru Sat. (530) 832-4727 Proceeds from the boarding facility benefit the High Sierra Rescue operation. 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Under CESA, CDFW may permit the take or possession of threatened, endangered or candidate species for scientific, educational or management purposes, and may also permit take of these species that is incidental to otherwise lawful activities if certain conditions are met. Some of the conditions for incidental take are that the take is minimized and fully mitigated adequate funding is ensured for this mitigation and the activity will not jeopardize the continued existence of the species. Endangered species lists and related information-- including the full text of CESA -- can be accessed online at CD W launches new web-design The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has launched a new website at w[ The site features an updated design and is now optimized for mobile devices, making it easier to use and more accessible to the public. 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