2nd Mt. Healy Challange


Sunday August 23rd, 2009

1:00 PM

Bison Gulch, off the Parks Hwy. south of Healy, AK


Despite rainy and foggy conditions, the turnout more than doubled for Sunday’s Mount Healy Challenge mountain race on the Bison Gulch Trail.

Drew Harrington clinched the overall win in the Northern Trails Running Series for the second straight season by completing the 1.5-mile course that climbed about 1,600 vertical feet in 21 minutes, 21 seconds. Tyson Flaharty was runner-up just 10 seconds behind and Tim Haugan of Wasilla was third in 23:10.

Kristen Rozell easily won for the women and placed fourth overall in 25:12. She was more than 90 seconds ahead of Davya Flaharty (26:46), while Roxane Rigo took third (27:31) and defending champ Robbin Garber-Slaght placed fourth (27:42).

Bob Vitale finished a triathlon of sorts, first running Sunday morning’s Run of the Valkyries 8K, then driving to Mount Healy and arriving shortly before the 1 p.m. start.

The course between Healy and Denali Park — which involved mostly power-hiking due to the steep terrain — was initially intended to include nearly 2,500 feet of vertical gain, but it was shortened due to limited visibility and the inclement weather.

Twenty-six participants, all but a few who road-tripped from Fairbanks, took part. In the inaugural running in 2008, only 12 people showed up.

 


Women





1. Kristen Rozell 25:12
2. Davya Flaharty 26:46
3. Roxane Rigo 27:31
4. Robin Liggett
27:42
5. Wendy Sparks-Johnson 28:01
6. Sharon Baker 28:40
7. Karen Nanseth 29:13
8. Jamie Johnson 29:26
9. Angela Smith 29:55
10. Christen Bouffard 30:51
11. Oralee Nudson 31:46
12. Robin Garber-Slaght 32:12
13. Jane Parrish 34:41
14. Deanna Huff 43:53









Men





1. Drew Harrington 21:21
2. Tyson Flaharty 21:31
3. Tim Haugan 23:10
4. John Peterson 25:13
5. Sam Johnson 25:29
6. Sam Herreid 26:17
7. Ben Huff 26:59
8. Andrew Pace 27:51
9. Bob Baker 27:56
10. Christopher Greene 32:21
11. Bob Vitale 32:55
12. Joshua Armstrong 43:30




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