The answer to why Kodiak regularly turns out the best runners in the state could be that they will run any time, no matter the weather. For example, despite the steady rain Saturday, over 150 hearty athletes ran between 3 and 26 miles in KMXT’s Run the Rock race – just a few less than a year ago when sunshine greeted the runners.
Events included a marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races. In the longest race, there were nine participants, led by Joe Hildebrand, who finished in 3-hours 42-minutes. Daniel Ubersax and Nathan Faber were second and third, with Patti Minton just five minutes behind in fourth, finishing in 4-hours 18-minutes. She was also the first woman in a field of three. Travis Newby, Jennifer Cooper, George Best, Peter Hudec and Jazmine Stonecipher rounded out the field.
Meg Inokuma was first overall in the half-marathon, with a time of 1-hour 39-minutes. Howard Valley was second overall and the first male finisher, with a time of 1-hour 46-minutes. Deborah Cawthorn, Kathryn Symmes and Kevin Lauscher round out the top five.
In the 10-kilometer – or 6-mile – race, Ian MacDougal was first with a new record time of 37-minutes 42-seconds, followed by Michael Parnell, Patrick Bethany, Andriane Horn and David Sundberg.
And in the most popular event, the 5-kilometer race, with over 100 participants, high school stand-outs Cole Christiansen and Levi Fried led the way, finishing one-two. Christiansen had a time of 17-minutes 33-seconds, with Fried just 23 seconds behind. Clayton Hannah was fourth and Jack Hannah was fifth. The first woman was Sonia Cortez, followed by Jen Smola, Shanna Moeder, Rachel Dawson and Halley Arneson.