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Wells Race to the Angel

Eureka native Katie Damele poses at the finish line of the 30th anniversary of the Wells Race to the Angel. Damele was the first runner to cross the line, finishing in 2:19:15.


ELKO — Fifty local athletes came to Wells on Saturday, Sept. 12, to compete in the 30th anniversary run of the Wells Race to the Angel. Walkers, runners, and bikers enjoyed a beautiful day and breathtaking views as they made their ways to the finish line.

“We are excited to be involved in the 30th anniversary of this great event,” said race director Anne Simmons of the Ruby Mountain Relay, which hosted the race.

Other sponsors included the Wells Chamber, City of Wells, Newmont Mining Corp. and Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.

The race is a half marathon, but according to race director Robert Johnson, “It is really an ‘extreme’ half marathon. The finish line by Angel Lake is 2,784-vertical feet above the starting line. That’s a big climb.”

The first runner across the finish line was a high school junior from Eureka, Katie Damele, who finished with a time of 2:19:15. The first male runner to cross was Michael Mauser with a time of 2:54:50. The first walker to finish was Raylene Naveran of Wells with a time of 3:02:39, while the first male walker was Wells native Mike Sallee at 3:03:47.

In the biking divisions, Jonathan Kough won the mountain-bike category with a time of 1:16:00, and Austin Senecal was the first street biker at 1:19:39.

The RMR’s next event is a turkey trot that will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For more information, visit


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