ANCHORAGE (June 23) – Already a trailblazer for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s running programs, former Seawolf David Kiplagat made more history Saturday as he became the first four-time men’s marathon winner of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half-Marathon, presented by ConocoPhillips Alaska.
A three-time All-American in cross country and track for UAA from 2005-09, Kiplagat edged his brother and former Seawolf teammate, Paul Rottich, by one second at the finish line, with a winning time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 43 seconds.
The 45th annual event shaped up as a grudge match between Kiplagat and Rottich, who entered as two of the three men – along with Larry Seethaler (1978, 1980, 1986) – to win at least three Anchorage Marathon titles. Rottich, who ran for UAA from 2007-11, was also looking for his fourth straight victory in the race.
On the women’s side, Fairbanks resident Keri McEntee breezed to a repeat title in the marathon by more than 26 minutes, winning in a time of 2:59:47. Deirdre Keane of New York City was runner-up in 3:26:06.
Another Seawolf – this time a current one – claimed the title in the men’s half-marathon as reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross country Freshman of the Year Felix Kemboi posted a time of 1:12:06. Jacob Kirk of Anchorage finished second in 1:13:12, while former Seawolf All-American Edwin Kangogo placed sixth in 1:17:39.
Anchorage’s Jess Klain won the women’s half-marathon by just eight seconds, 1:33:24 to 1:33:32, over Eagle River’s Melissa Colby.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s 5K winners were Daniel Bausch (15:20) of Chugiak and Hallidie Phillips (17:52) – formerly Hallidie Wilt, another former UAA star – of Anchorage.
Saturday’s races – run under mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 50s – were organized by the UAA Athletic Department for the 18th straight year and featured participants from 47 states and 13 countries.