Posts By: Matias Saari

Led by Hawes, Alyeska’s Freeride Team excels in Wyoming

February 14, 2020

Undaunted by the steep and technical backcountry ski terrain — not to mention wind, cold and high altitude — the Alyeska Ski Club’s Freeride Team excelled at a junior national International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association competition in Grand Targhee, Wyoming. Carson Hawes led the way by winning the male Under 12 ski division. He scored… Read more »

Germain wins surprise bronze at youth biathlon championships

February 11, 2020

Anchorage’s Maxime Germain wasn’t considered a podium contender at the recent IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. After all, the 18-year-old placed 38th at the opening event — the Youth 12.5K individual race — on Jan. 26. And he’d placed 74th and 66th in the youth sprint at the IBU Championships the previous two… Read more »

Ross places third at Fat Bike World Championships in Colorado

January 28, 2020

Will Ross lives and trains near sea level, so achieving the podium was a big surprise at the Borealis Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado. “Today was hands down the best day I’ve ever had at altitude,” Ross said on Facebook. “I’m still in shock I was able to pull off a 3rd… Read more »

Anchorage bikers get muddy at Cyclocross Nationals

December 19, 2019

Undeterred by mud, five Anchorage cyclists held their own at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Lakewood, Wash. “It was muddier than I thought it was going to be,” said James Stull, adding that his family’s fleet of bikes had to be washed twice daily. Ellie Mitchell of Anchorage had the Alaskan contingent’s top… Read more »

Turney wins Spartan Ultra 50K in California

December 18, 2019

Before last weekend, Taylor Turney of Anchorage had never raced an ultramarathon, let alone one with 60 obstacles. But on Dec. 14 he nailed his first Spartan Ultra in Los Olivos, California, taking the victory in 5 hours, 24 minutes and 50 seconds over 50 kilometers (31 miles). Turney caught the frontrunner at about mile… Read more »

Alaska skiers excelling on World Cup and SuperTour

From the World Cup in Europe to the SuperTour in North America to the upcoming World Youth Olympic Games, Alaska skiers are striding strong. With one race remaining in Period 1 of the World Cup, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen of Alaska Pacific University is ranked fourth in the overall standings after finishing ninth on Dec. 15… Read more »

Marvin wins 58-mile race in Arkansas

November 13, 2019

Christy Marvin’s return to the Ozarks Highland Trail in Arkansas was a resounding success. Marvin, of Palmer, hiked most of 218-mile trail in seven days with her mother, Beth Virgin, in 2017. When they heard about a new ultramarathon there called the Razorback Running Revival, they figured it would be a fun and different way… Read more »

Turney takes third in Spartan mountain series in New Jersey

November 5, 2019

Taylor Turney is the new king of obstacle course racing in Alaska. Turney, a 2013 graduate of Anchorage’s Service High School, wrapped up the 2019 Spartan Elite US Mountain Series in third place after taking eighth in the series-finale Saturday in New Jersey. Turney follows in the footsteps of Matt Novakovich, who first put Alaskans… Read more »

Newcomers Schmidt and Severson win Mat Peak Challenge

August 7, 2019

In just a few hours, Patrick Schmidt and Shauna Severson went from virtual unknowns to King and Queen of the Mountain. The unheralded runners each came from behind to win the Matanuska Peak Challenge, an event widely regarded as the toughest mountain race in Alaska. The race near Palmer climbs from the base of Lazy… Read more »

Kramer posts second-place effort at running race in Sweden

While in Sweden for a Nordic ski camp, Kendall Kramer jumped in a mountain running race. The skiing and running teenage phenom from Fairbanks placed second in the 13.5-kilometer Ulvang Kvartsmaraton on August 3 in Are, Sweden. She finished the course in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 34 minutes and was bested only by Norwegian… Read more »