Sport Shorts: Biking, hiking and more
Lammers hammers Big Wild mile
Chugiak’s Isaac Lammers ran a 4 minute, 25-second mile Friday, Aug. 16 to win the first Anchorage Mile, which was held as part of the Bit Wild Life race series. David Kiplagat, a former Division II All-American at UAA, placed second in 4:38. Lammers, a 2012 Chugiak High grad, recently completed his freshman year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he competes in Nordic skiing and cross country running.
Locals shine at Alyeska
Eagle River’s Alex Loan, 18, led a large contingent of Chugiak-Eagle River runners to the top of Mount Alyeska’s North Face on Saturday, Aug. 17. Loan finished the annual Alyeska Classic Mountain Run in 27:44 to place fourth overall. He was followed by Eagle River High juniors Keegan Crow (8th place) and Christopher Kirk (13th). Loan and Crow each placed first in their age divisions, as did Eagle River’s Sheryl Loan, who was 15th overall and second in the women’s race behind Christy Marvin. Tor Christopherson won the race in 25:24.
For complete results visit alaskamountainrunners.org.
Loan wins Triple Hill Climb, race series
Eagle River’s Sheryl Loan won the Expert Women’s division at the Arctic Bicycle Club’s Triple Hill Climb race on Sunday, Aug. 18. The race included three separate climbs adding up to 15 miles and 3,100 feet of elevation gain. The victory gave Loan wins in 6 of 7 of the Arctic Bicycle Club’s Hill Climb Series (she didn’t enter one race) to easily win the overall series title.
Hargis sets pace at Moose’s Tooth
Eagle River’s Shane Hargis was the top local at the Wig Wild Life Runs Moose’s Tooth Marathon on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Anchorage. Hargis finished the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 14 seconds to place 15th overall. Chugiak’s Jacob Bera was 17th in 2:59:41, while Eagle River’s Michael Blanchard finished in 3:01:03 to take 18th.
Eagle River’s Krista Lundberg notched an 18th place finish in the Skinny Raven Half Marathon women’s division after crossing the finish line in 1:39:49.