It was a big day on the island today! The marathon started at 8a.m. at the Craig High School, and the weather was perfect.
There was the marathon, a half-marathon, relays, and walkers, and the entrants weren't just twenty-somethings. There were Grandmas and Grandpas. There were toddlers in strollers being pushed by older siblings. There were teams of school kids, bringing laughter and light with them.
It is an out-and-back course with flat stretches and rolling hills. The 26.2 mile course is certified, RRCA approved, and runs through beautiful scenery.
Jesse Agner, Steve Miller, and Jonathon Kreiss-Tompkins were well out in the lead at the First Bank aid station. Jesse went on to win, Steve came in second, and Jonathon won the half marathon. There's more to the story than that, though.
Jesse is getting married in two weeks, and his fiance is running with the Bride on the Run relay team! Jesse has won the Prince of Wales Island Marathon twice before and holds the course record from when the marathon ran from Hollis to Craig.
Steve is running his 50th marathon!
Jonathon, at age 25, is a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, a distance runner, mountaineer, musician, and lifelong Alaskan. Wow!
Preparations for this event have been going on for quite some time, and people from many of the communities on the island are involved.
Aid stations are in competition for votes from the participants, and put out fruit, cookies, and candy along with the water and sport drinks. Two of the aid stations adorned runners with leis.
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At the same time the Quilters by the Sea Annual Quilt Show was going on at the Craig city Gym.
There were traditional and contemporary quilts, Alaskan quilts, and some very special sculptural items. The quilt show is free to view. There is a raffle for the quilt above left!
There was a salmon bake and the awards ceremony for the marathon a little later in the day.
Here are a few of the statistics for the race:
Men's Full Marathon
- Jesse Agner, Petersburg, Alaska 2 hours 58 minutes 01 seconds (2.58.01)
- Steve Miller 3.21.21
- Jason Boyle 3.38.34
Women's Full Marathon
- Jessica Goodrich 3.52.45
- Laura Sklandzinski 4.08.43
- Gina Ostby 4.10.10
Women's Half Marathon
- Trina Nation 1.39.07
- Melissa Castle 1.45.39
- Marketa Ith 1.46.39
Men's Half Marathon
- Jonathon Kreiss-Tompkins, Sitka, Alaska 1.25.50
- Gabe Melendez 1.36.15
- Dale McMurren, Wrangell, Alaska 1.38.15
To all of the race participants: Congratulations!! And to the many volunteers who make this event happen: A big, huge Thank You!!
Thank you, Quilters by the Sea for a beautiful show!!