Top finishers in this year’s Run the Rock marathon- held by KMXT- included two seasoned marathoners and two first timers.
The men’s first place winner, Petter Svenning, ran the course as training for the mother of all marathons- the Athens Marathon next month in Greece.
— (Race 1 :12 sec "It’s run from… into Athens.")
Svenning says last weekend’s race was the best preparation for Greece.
— (Race 2 :8 sec "I feel a lot more… for the Athens one.")
The women’s first place winner, Anna Arnold, is new to the world of competitive running. She’s from Florida and used to run there, but got serious about it after she moved to Kodiak to be closer to family. This was Arnold’s first marathon and she almost didn’t participate.
— (Race 3 :12 sec "Though about giving up… I’m ready to do more.")
This was also the first race for women’s third place winner Sara Sundsten. Sundsten trained hard and is proud of completing her first race at the age of 50. She can’t wait for the next one.
— ( Race 4 :9 sec "I ran as fast and as hard… planning for my next marathon.")
Former Kodiak resident and John Litzenberger ran the marathon four years ago when he was with the Coast Guard. He’s since moved to Port Townsend, Washington but decided to give the race a try while here visiting friends. Litzenberger- who won second place in the men’s- says he liked the challenge.
— ( Race 5 :14 sec "It’s a challenging course… your body is starting to wear down.")
About 200 people showed up to participate in not only the marathon, but also the 5k, 10k and half-marathon. This year’s course took runners from Near Island to the end of Antone Larson Bay Road and back around to the Bear Valley Golf Course.