November 28, 2021


Only The Finest Women

With Anchorage’s Anna Dalton leading the way, Equinox women’s record takes a beating, repeatedly

It was women working day Saturday at the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks.

Led by winner Anna Dalton of Anchorage, 4 gals took advantage of favorable problems and a competitive industry to surpass the previous system history in the 58th version of a person of Alaska’s toughest races.

Dalton, Megan Youngren of Soldotna, Susanna Rivard of Fairbanks and Meg Inokuma of Palmer all posted periods that exceeded the history set in 2018 by Palmer’s Christy Marvin. Marvin missed the race since of a knee damage.

Dalton took the direct at Mile 18 and went on to acquire in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 22 seconds, shattering Marvin’s record of 3:15:06.

Youngren finished in 3:11:57, Rivard in 3:13:37 and Inokuma in 3:14:35.

All four completed in the leading 8 in general Dalton was fourth overall and the other 3 concluded consecutively in sixth, seventh and eighth place in general.

While the ladies stole the exhibit, the males didn’t disappoint.

Lars Arneson, a UAF graduate who life in Anchorage, topped the gentlemen with the day’s only sub-3:00 time, clocking 2:52:23 in his rookie run. He was comfortably forward of runner-up Tobias Albrigtsen of Fairbanks (3:01:37).

Eighty-1-yr-outdated Fred Moore of Seward became the oldest finisher in race heritage, placing 281st in 6:41:46. He turns 82 subsequent week.

And Fairbanks runner Bob Baker, 63, tied the report for the most Equinox finishes by inserting 219th in 5:34:34. It was his 42nd end, matching the report established by Corky Hebard (Baker also ran the course final 12 months when the formal race was canceled since of COVID-19, stated race historian Matias Saari, who positioned ninth over-all and fifth between adult males on Saturday).

Dalton, Youngren and Rivard — who is from Portland but spent the past 12 months in Fairbanks — all ran in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, and Inokuma is a 41-yr-outdated who emerged as an elite path runner in the past few of yrs.

A fifth girl, Klaire Rhodes of Anchorage, placed 11th overall in 3:16:26, a time that would have won many prior Equinoxes.

“It’s really remarkable to race in Alaska and have this caliber of levels of competition,” Dalton claimed. “There were being three of us who ran the Olympic Trials, and Meg has been on fire this summer time. I wish Christy experienced been in this race, because I do not assume she has ever had anyone drive her.

“I was in fifth put by means of Mile 7 or 8, and that’s not usually where by I find myself in a (race in Alaska) other than Mount Marathon.”

The Equinox famously difficulties runners with trails, paved roads, filth roadways, single-observe trails, steep ascents and steep descents.

“That was a distinctive beast,” explained Dalton, 32, a veteran marathoner creating her debut in the iconic race. “The complete race, you simply cannot ever lock into a pace.”

She’s not kidding. Her swiftest break up time, on a downhill, was 5:33. Her slowest, on an uphill, was 10:05.

“That’s some assortment,” she mentioned.

Saturday marked the debut of the Equinox 50 percent marathon, won by Anchorage’s Chad Trammell (1:22:05) and Fairbanks’ Emily Fedders (1:36:21, superior for fifth location all round).

It was 34 levels at the commence of the race, and Dalton mentioned she didn’t get rid of her jacket right until Mile 20. But it was a clear day that revealed excellent drop colors and saved the program dry — no mud and no snow, which sometimes helps make an visual appeal this time of calendar year in Fairbanks.

Dalton said she didn’t guide till Mile 18, when she handed Youngren on a steep downhill area acknowledged as The Chute.

Taking command on a steep, complex descent was gratifying for Dalton, who tore a tendon in her knee almost a person calendar year ago when she fell while managing down Powerline Go. She had surgical procedures virtually immediately and was a minor timid about attacking downhills coming into this summer.

“I experienced to relearn how to operate downhill and not be scared,” she stated. “It’s been a lengthy method to get back my self-assurance functioning downhill. Even in Could I would get form of freaked out on a downhill.”

Inokuma also entered the race with problems about a knee. She injured it in mid-August, two months before profitable the 16-mile Lost Lake Run, and she claimed she wasn’t guaranteed if she should really check it on the Equinox training course.

“I was on the fence till (past week) and ultimately made a decision to give it a attempt,” she claimed by text Saturday. “Then 12 several hours afterwards Christy texted me she’s not running for the reason that her knee was flaring up, and I was pondering I may well be stupid to run.”

Inokuma claimed the discomfort was so undesirable she almost dropped out at Mile 7 but she retained going. At Mile 24, Rivard passed her but supplied inspiration in the course of action.

“She encouraged gentlemen, ‘C’mon, lady, we’ll crack the history! All of us will!’’’ Inokuma said. “I really don’t have on a watch, and I experienced no clue about my time, but that second I discovered how superior (a) race we were being acquiring.”