FOCUS 5K draws enthusiastic crowd

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 18:21
  • Rachael Venning reaches out to give her brother, Eli, a high-five at the end of the FOCUS 5K race on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in downtown Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Men’s winner Chaven Davidson nears the finish line of the FOCUS 5K race on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in downtown Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Women’s winner Karen Kirk crosses the finish line of the FOCUS 5K race on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in downtown Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Alaska Gov. Bill Walker gave the countdown to start the second annual FOCUS 5K race on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in downtown Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

There wasn’t much sun, but there was plenty of fun at the second annual FOCUS Inc. 5-kilometer run in Eagle River.

“This is awesome,” said Eagle River’s Karen Kirk, who turned in the winning time in the women’s division on a cloudy but rain-free Saturday morning that featured plenty of awesomeness for everybody.

The event packed free coffee, a bouncy house, a DJ, free massage, rescue dogs, a fun run and a visit from the governor into a short section of Regency Drive in downtown Eagle River.

“I’m just honored to be a part of this,” said Gov. Bill Walker, who sent racers off at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial countdown.

The new location created a different route for runners, and it showed as both the men’s and women’s winners set new fastest times in the two-year-old event.

Men’s winner Chaven Davidson won for the second time, clocking a time of 19 minutes, 6 seconds to best second-place Travis Kindred by 96 seconds. Davidson said he and his fiancee Aubrie Frye try to do a 5-kilometer race every weekend.

“This was the next one on the list,” he said.

Kirk won in 22:04, putting her 1:28 ahead of last year’s champ Sara Kennedy in second.

As Kirk crossed the finish line, event organizer Michael Harlow proclaimed her the “world’s fastest runner,” but the Eagle River resident declared herself an “like an average runner.” She said she’s currently training for Mount Marathon, where last year she turned in a personal-best time and was seventh in her age group.

Davidson said the new course layout seemed a bit less hilly than last year’s route.

“This one is a little more gradual,” he said.

The event also included a 1-mile fun run for kids, which added a sizable chunk of hyped-up participants to the 105 official 5-kilometer field.

Nearly every runner who crossed the line in either race did so with a smile, with Harlow providing plenty of finish-line commentary to keep the crowd loose. Walker himself didn’t run the race, but he did don a green FOCUS t-shirt and praise the Eagle River nonprofit, which provides support and services to people with special needs and their families.

“Thank you for all you do for families in Alaska,” he said.

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FOCUS Inc. 5-kilometer

Men’s results — 1. Chaven Davidson 19:06, 2. Travis Kindred 20:45, 3. Austin Sayer 21:46, 4. Dave Owens 22:03, 5. Michael Balega 22:23, 6. Dean Denter 22:43, 7. Brandon Childers 23:14, 8. John Brewer 23:46, 9. Joe Ruble 23:55, 10. Maximus Huffman 25:14, 11. Morgan Showmaker 25:16, 12. Huy Bui 25:20, 13. David Espino 26:43, 14. Quang Bui 27:08, 15. Charlie Wallace 27:28, 16. Jesse Peters 27:29, 17. James Kostka 27:42, 18. Eli Venning 27:48, 19. Bobby Whan 28:20, 20. Matthew Fraize 28:33, 21. David Schulling 29:59, 22. Josh Zullo 31:20, 23. Josh Morales 31:46, 24. Breton Henry 33:37, 25. Josh Wise 33:46, 26. Ron Briggs 34:42, 27. Mason Baker 35:17, 28. Stephanie Schulling 35:42, 29. Antonio Calvillo 36:18, 30. Jack Wallace 36:54, 31. Kai Anderson 49:21

Women’s results — 1. Karen Kirk 22:04, 2. Sara Kennedy 23:32, 3. Heather Huschle 23:39, 4. Jaylee Brendel 24:17, 5. Shelby Wagoner 24:41, 6. Sarah Buhr 25:17, 7. Andrea Barnes 25:17, 8. April Lewis 25:44, 9. Elizabeth Huffman 25:45, 10. Ashley Lang 25:47, 11. Brittney Brower 26:43, 12. Deann Denter 26:50, 13. Laura Venning 26:51, 14. Lauren Evans 26:56, 15. Danielle Owens 28:28, 16. Jess Mulhern 28:32, 17. Rosie Price 28:42, 18. Marie Manges 28:47, 19. Aubrie Frye 29:17, 20. Andrea De La Rosa 29:20, 21. Ashley Walters-Otwell 29:46, 22. Dawn Webber 29:51, 23. Kiana Gates 29:52, 24. Kiya Gates 29:53, 25. Kailey Gates 29:56, 26. Italia Fraize 30:11, 27. Margie Kibler 30:17, 28. Heidi Voeller 30:36, 29. Sonya Wagoner 30:41, 30. Alicia Vernon 30:42, 31. Ruth Cresenzo 30:46, 32. Dana Johnson 31:39, 33. Diane Johannes 31:39, 34. Trish Lacey 31:39, 35. Erin Rajek 31:43, 36. Felisha Showmaker 32:10, 37. Julie Merrill 32:44, 38. Bc Kindred 33:32, 39. Annemarie Gerlach 33:34, 40. Lacie Windsor 33:41, 41. Rachel Lockyer 33:46, 42. Anna Rajek 34:00, 43. Desiree Winters 34:45, 44. Kauai Fitt 34:56, 45. Kylie Baker 35:17, 46. Karen Binniker 36:07, 47. Kristen Bearden 36:17, 48. Rennea Goff 37:23, 49. Jennifer Skaggs 38:11, 50. Alison Hickey 38:22, 51. Candace Whan 38:25, 52. Judy Krier 40:04, 53. Andrea Toth 40:31, 54. Britney Olsen 41:14, 55. Anne Applegate 41:24, 56. Andria Semmler 41:51, 57. Branda Kostka 42:08, 58. Anna Skaggs 48:09, 59. Vivian Wilson 48:44, 60. Krista Anderson 49:22, 61. Addy Schou 49:23, 62. Denali Anderson 49:25, 63. Dee Skripps 52:21, 64. Valerie Hall 52:21, 65. Melissa Anderson 52:23, 66. Denise Baldwin 55:17, 67. Diana Pitts 56:32, 68. Jennifer Pitts 56:36, 69. Angelina Fraize 58:36, 70. Gianna Fraize 58:38, 71. Emily Henderson 58:46, 72. Anna Spilker 58:47, 73. Toddi Kincannon 1:03:25, 74. Jan Gilbert 1:04:26

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