Eagle River woman wins Anchorage Run Fest ultramarathon

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 18:09
  • Runners leave the start during the Spenard Roadhouse 5K during RunFest in downtown Anchorage on Sunday morning, Aug. 18, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Eagle River’s Kamie Miller didn’t exactly have a lazy Sunday morning.

Miller won the women’s division in the United Physical Therapy 49-kilometer ultra marathon at the Anchorage Run Fest Sunday in Anchorage. The 40-year-old completed the 30.4-mile course in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds to win the women’s race by more than 10 minutes over second-place Lee Beem of Sanford, Florida.

Eagle River’s Dean Denter was the top local men’s finisher in the ultra race, completing the course in 4:50:37 to place 15th overall and 10th among the men.

Priest win’s men’s marathon, second overall

Chugiak High cross country coach Cody Priest was the fastest man in the field Sunday at the Anchorage Run Fest Marathon, but he wasn’t the first person across the finish line.

Priest, a 31-year-old from Anchorage, won the men’s division but finished second overall behind Fairbanks runner Keri McEntee, 30, who won the women’s division and the overall marathon in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 40 seconds. Priest was 2:37 behind in 2:52:17, holding off Soldotna’s Megan Youngren by 16 seconds for second place.

Eagle River’s Derek Nottingham (3:06:06) finished sixth overall and fourth in the men’s race to lead local competitors in the marathon. He also took first place in the men’s 40-44 age group. Eagle River’s Kellie Richmond was 76th overall and 20th among women to lead local women. Richmond finished two minutes in front of Chugiak’s Caren Carlson, a 50-year-old who won the women’s 50-54 age group.

Locals post strong finishes

The event included half marathon and 5-kilometer races. Eagle River’s Miles Dennis, 18, was the top local in the half marathon, running the course in 1:25:30 to win his age group and place sixth overall. Eagle River’s Deann Denter was the top local female in 128th overall and 46th among women.

In the 5K, Eagle River’s Michael Olson placed fourth to lead three Eagle River runners in the top seven spots. Eagle River’s Will Michener was sixth, with Mark Shepherd in seventh. Amanda Michener placed 19th in the women’s race to lead Eagle River runners in the women’s race.

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