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Saturday 8th August – Alaska 10k


Report from Phil Robinson on his travels:

Phil Robinson Alaska10kWe arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday afternoon following a couple of days in Seattle. Saturday morning I made my way to the Alaska Pacific University campus where this 10k race was due to start at 10am.  The organisers are very proud of their course record – 28.35 – set by a local runner in the 1980s who beat Alberto Salazar into second place. With such a quick time I expected that either it would be a very fast course or there would be a classy field – neither turned out to be true. The route was gently undulating and there were a good few runners who looked like medical emergencies waiting to happen – 314 of the finishers took over an hour. But hey, it’s all in a good cause, raising cash for the local paralympic hopefuls. The temperature at the start was about 15C, climbing to 20 later in the day, and with a bit of sun and no breeze it was warm work. I was disappointed to run over 50 minutes but consoled by being first (of only five) in my age group.

Results:  1 – Forest Tarbath  33.50;  2 – Andrew Ochoa  34.23;  3 – Ryan Davis  35.50;  103 – Phil Robinson 50.17;    580 finishers

  1. #1 by Andrew Robertshaw on August 11, 2015 - 7:55 am

    Well done Phil, I think the winner has a fantastic name.

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on August 11, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    What a fantastic sport is running , you can run everywhere even in Alaska at the very north of our planet. Your 50:17 is not bad at all Phil and not in my wildest dream I could get near your time. The organizer have got a good reason to be proud of the course record done in 1980, because 28:35 for a 10k is extraordinary also nowadays.

  3. #3 by Matt P on August 12, 2015 - 11:36 am

    Well done Phil – watch out for Bears!

  4. #4 by Ursula on August 13, 2015 - 11:47 am

    Nice running Phil – trust you to find a race even on holiday! Enjoy your time in Alaska xx

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