With the passage of the Summer Solstice there were a few notable events to share from this past week. The Fool’s Run and Juneau Mountain Run from the Juneau Area. We also extended our reach to this week to cover the Western States 1oo.
This past week was a soggy one, but with the passing of the summer solstice there were a couple of running events. The 3rd annual Juneau Mountain Run appears to have been a great time for all those who were brave enough to follow Geoff Roses up the hill into our misty mountains. From the pictures posted to social media participants traversed a snowy Juneau Ridge with some extra credit climbing an unidentified peak, maybe Olds?
The second event of note was the 33rd Fools Run. The 5k kicked off at 11:59 pm on Saturday 6/24 at Peratrovich Hall. The costumes were great and so to the cause, the Alumni Scholarship Program. All in all it seemed like most everyone had great time cruising through the Juneau Streets and dodging bears.
The final event of the weekend was the Western States 100. There was significant hype leading up to the race courtesy of an overly confident Jim Walsmsley, predicting that he would crush the field and the course record. He was ultimately served a big slice of humble pie and a DNF after going out too fast for the conditions and suffering from gastrointestinal distress. The conditions this year were brutal with snow on the course and temperatures soaring above 100f over thirty percent of the field dropped from the race. At the end of the day it was Ryan Sandes who crossed the finish first in a time of 16:19:37. Among the women it was Cat Bradley who would cross first in 19:31:30. In addition to impressive performances by this year’s winners John Anderson who had recently stopped through Juneau, enjoying some of our trails, finished the race in 23:11:51.
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