Randall impresses (again), this time at New York City Marathon
You’d never know Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall was a rookie at the New York City Marathon.
Racing her first marathon, the five-time Olympian and 2018 gold medalist finished 51st among more than 22,000 women in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds, much faster than her stated goal of breaking three hours.
What’s more, Randall, who graduated from East High and currently lives in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, accomplished a rare “negative split” by running her second half three minutes faster than her first half.
Her quickest miles of the race were the final two as she averaged an overall pace of 6 minutes, 41 seconds per mile. The result ranks Randall as the 11th fastest Alaskan female ever, according to Alaska Sports Hall of Fame records.
Randall, 36, ran most of the way with fellow newly retired Olympic Nordic ski teammates Liz Stephen and Ida Sargent — Randall dropped them both with her late charge — while representing the charity AKTIV Against Cancer.
Randall attended the NYC Marathon last year as a spectator but was unable to participate as planned because she was undergoing treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. She has since finished her treatment and says she feels great, as evidenced by her performance on Sunday.
Randall wasn’t the only Alaskan to excel on the 26.2-mile tour of New York City’s five boroughs.
Jacob Kirk, 27 of Anchorage, claimed top Alaskan honors with a negative split of 2:38:19. As is his trademark, Kirk ran the entire way in a short-sleeved plaid shirt while placing 149th male and 169th overall among more than 53,000 finishers.
Former University of Alaska running standout Marko Cheseto, who now lives in Florida, ran an even split 2:53:26 just three weeks after he set a world record for double amputees of 2:37 at the Chicago Marathon.
Other Alaskan finishers included Ben Ward of Anchorage, 3:07:30; Daniel Myers of Anchorage, 3:18:35; Kirsten Jorgensen of Juneau, 3:24:35; Amy Wu of Anchorage, 3:33:56; Chloe Miller of Anchorage, 3:51:49; Eva Hall of Anchorage, 4:19:36; Patrice Parker of Anchorage, 4:30:06; Justin Mills of Anchorage, 4:40:44; Stephen Bottum of Homer, 5:10:23; Sherry Trumpower of Anchorage, 5:17:43; Sarah Kleedehn of Anchorage, 5:18:32; Alison Sterley of Anchorage, 6:06:48; Bryan Baynard of Eagle River, 6:24:35; and Brenda Lee Finley of Kodiak, 7:04:28.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men’s race in 2:08:13 while Joyciline Jepkosgei was the fastest woman in a near-NYC record 2:22:38.
– By Matias Saari, Blog Contributor