Tomsich runs 1:06 at Vancouver Half Marathon

May 11, 2018

Tony Tomsich is in the best running shape of his life after recently clocking personal bests at both 10 kilometers and the half marathon.

Tony Tomsich (center) at Vancouver Sun Run

At the Vancouver Sun Run 10K on April 22, the former Fairbanksan now living in Vancouver, Canada, sped to a 12th place finish in 30 minutes, 38 seconds. That’s a pace of 4 minutes, 56 seconds per mile (At the same race, Forest Tarbath — formerly of Anchorage and now living in Seattle — finished in a solid 31:21).

Tomsich, 31, then outdid himself at the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon on May 6. He  placed 3rd among more than 4,000 male runners by running 13.1 miles in 1:06:47 — a pace of 5:06.

“A stunning day, constant competitive pressure, and an amazing supportive cheer squad,” Tomsich wrote on Facebook. “This was a day that I will remember for a long time. Thank you to all that helped, supported and motivated me to crush my goals.”

Tomsich now has other goals. If he can run a marathon in faster than 2:19, he would qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Tomsich, who used to coach runners at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will take a crack at that milestone on Sept. 16 at the Berlin Marathon in Germany. Joining him will be Alaskan speedsters Chad Trammell, Jacob Kirk, Ryan Cox and Anna Dalton.

To break 2:19, Tomsich would need to average a pace of 5:19 for 26.2 miles.

If Tomsich runs faster than 2:23:56, he would also join the list of Top 10 Alaskan marathoners; Tomsich is already among Alaska’s 10 fastest at 1,500 meters, one mile and 3,000 meters.

Jahn and Barnwell crack Top 10 in China

Abby Jahn and Allison Barnwell of Anchorage each placed among the Top 10 women last month in China’s Yading Skyrace.

In the 29-kilometer event that was part of the 2018 Skyrunner World Series (there was also a 46K race), Jahn took eighth in 4 hours, 20 minutes and 26 seconds while Barnwell was 10th among 110 finishers in 4:30:58.

The race topped out at 4,786 meters (15,702 feet) and finished at 4,151 meters (13,618 feet), making it one of the highest-altitude running events on the planet.

Holly Page of Great Britain won in 3:32 while the top 10 also featured runners from New Zealand, Bahamas, France, Sweden, Spain and China.

Jahn and Barnwell are both entered in the 34th Crow Pass Crossing on July 28 that will be organized by Healthy Futures for the first time.

– By Matias Saari, Alaska Sports Blog Contributor