Mountain runner Patterson named Alaska Athlete of the Week
Scott Patterson of Anchorage shattered his own record at the 8th Kesugi Ridge Traverse to earn Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Alaska Athlete of the Week honors.
The 28-year-old Olympic skier completed the rugged 30-mile course from Little Coal Creek to Byers Lake in Denali State Park in 4 hours, 19 minutes and 39 seconds, knocking more than 18 minutes off the record he set on a rainy and frigid day in 2015. Race conditions were much better on Saturday — the trail was mostly dry and the weather was warm but not hot — and Patterson took full advantage.
Patterson finished nearly 20 minutes ahead of 2nd place finisher Tracen Knopp in one of the first trail races to be held in Alaska during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.
View past winners here.