2nd Mt. Healy Challange
rainy and foggy conditions, the turnout more than doubled for Sunday’s
Mount Healy Challenge mountain race on the Bison Gulch Trail.
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).
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.