Posts Tagged: Running

Yeaton named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame athlete of the week

March 1, 2020

Anchorage’s Jessica Yeaton won the American Birkebeiner in dominating fashion after breaking away from the lead pack and skiing the final 20 kilometers solo. The APU Ski Team member and 2018 Olympian finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 20 seconds to beat five-time Olympian Riitta-Liisa Roponen of Finland by 41 seconds. Yeaton topped a field… Read more »

Tomsich, Dalton lead Alaska group at Olympic Marathon Trials

Tony Tomsich and Anna Dalton had Alaska’s top performances at Saturday’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. Tomsich, from Fairbanks and now living in Vancouver, Canada, placed 102nd out of 175 male finishers in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. He completed the second half just a minutes slower than the first half on… Read more »

Five Alaskans to compete in Saturday’s Olympic Marathon Trials

February 28, 2020

Five Alaskans are primed for the biggest race of their lives on Saturday — the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve run countless miles on ice and snow in the heart of winter as well as around indoor tracks and on monotonous treadmills. Some have trained mostly solo and squeezed in 100-mile weeks… 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 »

Updike second-best finisher for second-place team at Nationals

December 17, 2019

Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike delivered a strong performance at the USA Track and Field National Club Cross Country Championships at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 27-year-old finished the men’s 10-K race 22nd out of 617 runners with a time of 31:20.3. Updike, of Ketchikan High fame, is a professional runner with the New York New… Read more »

Carle, Trent headline Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020

December 12, 2019

Running pioneer Marcie Trent and hockey professional Matt Carle will headline the Class of 2020 inductions into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Trent and Carle were the lone selections from the people category and will be joined by the Yukon 800 riverboat race from the event category and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s stunning… Read more »

Youngren fifth Alaska marathon runner to punch ticket to Trials

December 8, 2019

Alaska now has five runners who will race the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next February in Atlanta. Megan Youngren of Soldotna joined the party on Sunday with a run of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. That eclipsed the required 2 hours, 45 minutes by 68 seconds…. Read more »

Alaska runners crush it nationwide

November 18, 2019

From California to Utah to North Carolina, Alaskans ran up a storm over the weekend. Reigning Mount Marathon Race champion Hannah LaFleur of Seward won the Catalina Half Marathon and placed fourth overall in 1 hour, 37 minutes and 11 seconds. LaFleur received a strong challenge from Californian Evelyne Ruiz (1:37:27) and broke the existing… 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 »

Randall impresses (again), this time at New York City Marathon

November 4, 2019

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… Read more »