Kodiak runner Levi Thomet took second place in the junior mens’ division of the World Mountain Running Championships over the weekend in North Wales, United Kingdom. It’s the highest finish by an American man ever. His time was 35-minutes 50-seconds for the five-and-a-half-mile course, which climbed over 800 feet before coming back down. Thomet finished a minute-54 behind the winner, and three seconds ahead of third. Both of those runners were from Turkey.
Thomet wasn’t the only Alaskan to excel at the championships. Kenai’s Allie Ostrander won the junior women’s division in 19-minutes 44-seconds, over a 2.9-mile course.