Posts Tagged: Running

Parrish completes World Marathon Majors; Kemp runs 2:27

May 7, 2019

Wearing an Alaska Endurance Project singlet, Todd Parrish wrapped up his World Marathon Majors quest with a bang. The 52-year-old Anchorage resident finished Japan’s Tokyo Marathon on March 3 in 3 hours, 30 minutes and 2 seconds, a personal best of about eight minutes. Parrish had previously finished the other five World Marathon Majors: Chicago,… Read more »

Tomsich qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

April 29, 2019

Tony Tomsich qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Sunday with 11 seconds to spare. “I feel pretty on top of the world. Everything I could have imagined came together yesterday,” Tomsich said by phone on Monday. “I threw my hands up like 20 meters from the line because I knew I was going… Read more »

Alaskans shine at 123rd running of Boston Marathon

April 15, 2019

Marko Cheseto outdid himself at the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15 and was rewarded with a world record. Keri McEntee made a similar improvement but came away heartbroken. Cheseto, previously a national champion runner at the University of Alaska Anchorage who now lives in Orlando, Fla., set a world record for double amputees in… Read more »

Dalton and Young Achieve Milestones at California Marathon

December 3, 2018

By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog Contributor Sunday was a banner day for Jeff Young and Anna Dalton, who achieved huge personal-best times at the California International Marathon. But their best days may yet be coming: Dalton will race the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta and Young will be gunning for an American… Read more »

Spangler nabs JFK podium after North Face cancellation

November 19, 2018

By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog contributor  Allan Spangler turned lemons into lemonade after the North Face 50-mile footrace near San Francisco was canceled due to wildfires in Northern California. He promptly flew across the country and placed third at the JFK 50 in Maryland, the oldest ultramarathon in the United States. And he did… Read more »

Fletcher qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

November 8, 2018

Not even a knee injury could stop Aaron Fletcher from qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Fletcher, of South Anchorage High School fame, won the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Nov. 3 in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 23 seconds, comfortably under the sub-2:19 B Standard requirement for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Trials…. Read more »

Cheseto sets prosthetics record at New York City Marathon

November 7, 2018

By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog Contributor Marko Cheseto has had a monumental week. On Sunday, his photo, with the caption “Kenya’s Blade Runner” was featured on the front page of Kenya’s newspaper The Daily Nation. That same day, the former University of Alaska Anchorage cross country and track standout ran the New York City… Read more »

Four Alaskans place among Top 125 at Berlin Marathon

September 17, 2018

While Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya was shattering the world record at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, several Alaskans set personal records while finishing among the Top 125 at one of the highest-profile running events on the globe. Tony Tomsich, who grew up in Fairbanks and was a running coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage, led… Read more »

Ostrander is the pick: Mt Marathon women’s Top 10 predictions

July 2, 2018

– By Matias Saari;  Alaska Sports Blog Contributor 1. Allie Ostrander, age 22 (PR 49:19, 2017 champion) If she decides to race, it’s hard to imagine Allie O getting beat. The Soldotna native and current Boise State University standout won the junior girls’ race six times, is the defending women’s champion and boasts the 2nd… Read more »

Will Norris remain king? Mt Marathon men’s Top 10 predictions

June 29, 2018

– By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog Contributor Picking the top-10 for the men’s race at Mount Marathon is a crapshoot as perhaps 20 guys are capable of achieving that result. Standing out from the crowd are the course record holder, a couple of pros sponsored by Salomon, the “Gang of Four” mountain fanatics, a 40-something… Read more »