Randall claims Mt. Marathon title (Running)

July 4, 2011
Kikkan Randall

When she was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in February, Kikkan Randall of Anchorage made special mention during her speech about how badly she wanted to win the iconic Mount Marathon Race in Seward.

“Yes,” she said, pausing for dramatic effect, “I believe I can win some day.”

So it was said, so it was done.

Randall, of East High fame, made good on her goal today by beating fellow 2010 Olympic skier Holly Brooks to win the women’s race. She ran up and down the 3.5-mile, 3,022-foot peak in 52 minutes, 3 seconds – 19 seconds ahead of Brooks.

Her mother, Debbie Haines, won the 1975 Mount Marathon Race in 1:03:53.

Randall was a three-time junior winner in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Former UAA star Eric Strabel of Palmer won the men’s race in 44:40 after four runner-up finishes.