Public recommendations for ’13 [Hall of Fame]
Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has begun, so here another batch of reader recommendations:
Recommendation: Equinox Marathon
Submitted by: Matias Saari
Why: On September 15 the Equinox Marathon of Fairbanks celebrated its 50th running. When created in 1963 by the coach and members of the University of Alaska ski team, there were fewer than a dozen marathons in the United States. The Equinox quickly grew to more than 1,000 participants in the late 1960s, exceeding even the Boston Marathon at the time. The Equinox set itself apart with a challenging, trail-oriented course and the inclusion of women and hundreds of schoolchildren, most of them hikers. Today the Equinox still thrives and this year a record 825 entrants crossed the finish line. Stan Justice’s record of 2:41:30 is one of Alaska’s most impressive records and has never been seriously challenged since he set it in 1984. Other historic moments include the late Marcie Trent winning at age 58 in 1976 and 12-year-old Mara Rabinowitz shattering the women’s record in 1979.
Recommendation: Alicia Hall
Submitted by: Henry Tomingas
Why: Although Alaska is not normally known for competitors in this area, Alaskans have shown in all areas that they can “step up” and meet the competition in the Lower 48. Alicia Hall has done this. Alicia is one of those naturally gift athletes that was recognized and is well known by many of the top riders and trainers in the areas where she has competed. Her rise to the top level was nearly instant at 15 years old, with a top 10 finish in the Jumper National Championships. The rider’s ability to focus, and pick a good line through a series of gates where even the slightest changes in balance and position, is critical. The ability to unweight at split second time and regain control when all appears lost is required in both show jumping and the more well-known Alaska sport ski racing.
Other accomplishments include:
2010 Silver Medalist USEF Pony Jumper National Championships Lexington, Kentucky
Alaska Mayor’s Cup winner 3 times including 2012.
2010 FTI WEF Children’s Division Jumper Champion, West Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Fla.
2010 FTI WEF Pony Jumper Division Champion, West Palm Beach International Equestrian Center , Wellington, Fla.
2010 Kentucky Classic Children’s Division Champion, Kentucky Horse Park , Lexington, Kentucky
2010 Kentucky Classic Pony Jumper Champion, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
In 2011 Alicia stayed in Alaska to begin to teach Alaska riders to compete on a National Level. Her goal is to take an Alaska Team to compete in the USEF National Competitions in Kentucky.
Recommendation: Jens Beck
Submitted by: Ken Winterberger
Why: A perennial winner or top finisher in local and national triathlons. Jens just finished 49th (out of 630 finishers) in the 2012 Xterra World Championships in Maui on 28 October, 2nd in his age class.