Story Last modified at 6:54 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fritz, Marsolais shine at Run for Women
Chugiak's Lauren Fritz, 23, was the top local finisher in the 2011 Alaska Run for Women, which was held Saturday, June 11 in Anchorage. Fritz completed the five-mile course in 31 minutes, 51 seconds to place 11th overall.
Anchorage's Najeeby Quinn, 31, won the race in 29:39.
Eagle River's Amy Reed, 32, was less than a minute behind Fritz to claim 14th place.
More than 7,000 women turned out for the annual event, an fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.
Though not first across the finish line, Eagle River's Mary Marsolais may have turned in the day's most impressive performance. Marsolais, a 74-year-old breast cancer survivor, placed second in the survivor's category. Her time of 47 minutes, 16 seconds placed her second in the group, which is graded by "an age-graded performance" scale. According to that scale, Marsolais' speedy time (she averaged 9:28 per mile) makes her a "national class" athlete for her age group.
Marsolais also won her 70-74 age group, as did Eagle River's Carol Hepler, 61, who claimed first place in the 60-64 age group with a time of 40:35.
Amber Ross and James Stull won their respective divisions at the Eagle River Triathlon, which was held June 5 at and around Chugiak High.
Ross completed the race, which included a 500 yard swim, 12.2-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run, in 1:06:04. Stull finished in 59:21. Stull and second-place Jason Lamoreaux (59:49) were the only people in the field to finish the course in under an hour.