Participants take off at the start of the five-kilometer race Saturday during KMXT's Run the Rock. Fred Hawley photo
better weather than last year greeted runners Saturday for KMXT's annual Run
the Rock races. A year ago, of course, the storm of the decade blew through,
causing floods, landslides, road closures, and a one-week race postponement.
Sunshine was the order of the day this year, and the crowded field reflected
the nice weather.
the marathon, run from the Coast Guard base to Anton Larsen Bay and back to the
golf course, persistence paid off for Jane Lanford. From Fairbanks, she came
down for Run the Rock last year, only to have the 26-mile race cancelled. This
year she set the course record with a time of just 3-hours 45-minutes
47-seconds. Howard Valley was the first male and second over all, with a time
Brooks and Winona Godwin were the second and third women across the line, while
Steve Rounsaville was the second male. Third in the men's division was a tie
between Justin Sekerak and Anthony Will.
Glaspell won the half-marathon in a time of 1-hour 27-minutes 40-seconds. Ryan Gann was second and Donald Zimmerman
third. Sally Skimin won the women's division in 1:34:02, followed closely by
Sarah Rohrer and Jennifer Foster.
this year was the 10-kilometer race. Michelle and Anu Parekh won their
respective divisions: Michelle taking the women's race in 44-minutes
50-seconds, and Anu the men's in 41-minutes 10-seconds. Meg Inokom and Cathleen
Dunbar were second and third for the women, while Collin Barraugh and Robert Stouffer
placed and showed in the men's race.
the very-well attended 5-kilometer race, Jaymi Bethea showed why she
is the state cross-country champion, winning in 18-minutes 51-seconds, which is
more than three minutes off the race record. She was followed by Sarah Ng
and Allie Smith. On the men's side, Derek Deal was first in 17:38, followed
by Levi Thomet and Caleb Nymeyer.