Posts Tagged: Running

Fletcher easily breaks course record in half marathon in Utah

August 28, 2017

Anchorage’s Aaron Fletcher didn’t just win his first half marathon – he set a course record. The former BYU All-American dominated the Altra Top of Utah Half Marathon with a 13.1-mile time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 6 seconds. “It was awesome,” Fletcher told the Herald Journal newspaper. “I was not expecting that. I… Read more »

Talbot, Randall win Jim Bridger Trail Run in Montana

June 28, 2017

A pair of Alaskans claimed the highly competitive Jim Bridger Trail Run on June 24 in Bozeman, Montana. Silas Talbot, of Service High fame, pulled away in the men’s division with a late downhill surge while Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall raced to a first-place tie with fellow U.S. Ski Team member Liz Stephen. The 10-mile event… Read more »

Getting back to his roots, Fletcher drawn to trail marathons

June 5, 2017

After a star-studded college running career at Brigham Young University in Utah, Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage was looking for something different. The cross country and track star had dabbled in obstacle-course racing before turning back to his roots. “Growing up as a runner/skier in Alaska you can’t escape trail running, so I had some experience… Read more »

Alaskans excel at Boston Marathon

April 17, 2017

The strongest field of Alaskans to ever race the Boston Marathon represented the 49th state in fine fashion on Monday. Despite a temperature that climbed above 70, 18 Alaskans finished faster than three hours and the Alaska Endurance Project claimed a team trophy in the 121st edition of the prestigious event. Leading the way was… Read more »

Alaskans cruise at Surf City Half Marathon

February 8, 2017

Eight Anchorage runners sped to stellar performances on Feb. 4 at the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, California. Chad Trammell, who has made a name for himself in obstacle course racing, led the way by placing 7th in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 47 seconds, a pace of 5:34 per mile. He was… Read more »

Rideout wins ultrarunning race in Utah

July 13, 2016

When former Anchorage resident Abbie Rideout checked the projected times at in advance of last Saturday’s brutally hard Speedgoat 50-kilometer mountain-running race, she was only the sixth- or seventh-ranked woman. Granted, the rankings are based on past performances and not necessarily indicative of one’s current fitness. But with the likes or Magdalena Boulet and… Read more »

Saari finishes 2nd among 1,427 at 106th running of Dipsea Race

June 13, 2016

Matias Saari of Anchorage nearly picked up one of the biggest wins of his career in one of the oldest races in the country. The accomplished mountain runner finished second out of 1,427 participants at the 106th Dipsea Race, a brutal and beautiful trail run from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in northern California. The… Read more »

Updike PRs by 18 seconds in 5K, places fifth at Oregon Relays

April 16, 2016

Isaac Updike of Ketchikan might not consider himself to be a professional runner, even though he trains like one and looked like one at the Oregon Relays. The 2015 Eastern Oregon University graduate and former NAIA national champion in the steeplechase shattered his personal record by 18 seconds in the 5K race with a time… Read more »

Cherry graces cover of iconic magazine ‘Runner’s World’

January 29, 2016

One of Alaska’s greatest marathon runners has gone vogue. Chugiak’s Jesse Cherry is headed to the Olympic Marathon Trials next month in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old runner is featured on the cover of the iconic magazine ‘Runner’s World’ in the February issue. “It was an amazing and fun experience,” Cherry told me. “Seven locations and… Read more »

Several Alaskans raise profiles in California running races

December 9, 2015

Alaska trail runners know Allan Spangler as a champion of the Crow Pass wilderness race, but beyond the state’s boundaries he has flown under the radar. That is starting to change after Spangler placed ninth at the highly competitive North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships Saturday just north of San Francisco. “Allan Spangler who?,”… Read more »