Knapp overcomes heat, women’s field to win half marathon

September 4, 2017

Christina Knapp running

Christina Knapp

Christina Knapp of Anchorage isn’t used to temperatures in the high 80s, but she didn’t let the hot weather slow her down.

She won women’s race at the Pier to Peak Half Marathon in Santa Barbara, California, covering the 13.1-mile course in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

She finished 19th overall among 303 finishers in her fourth time doing the race.

“It was by far the hottest year,” she said told “I always love this race; I like the uphills. But it was much hotter and much harder than before. I’m originally from Alaska, so I’m not well accustomed to the heat.”

Knapp, of East High fame, is a former cross-country runner and skier standout at Williams College. She is now a graduate student in physics at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Knapp had lots of family support in the race as three members of her family participated, including older sister Elizabeth, of Anchorage; she was the 18th woman finisher in 2:41.53.