EAGLE RIVER - Geoff Roes and Rachel Steer were crowned men's and women's champions of the 24th annual Crow Pass Crossing today.

Roes, who finished fifth in the event a year ago, claimed his first men's title in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 49.8 seconds, edging runner-up and two-time champion Harlow Robinson by nearly three minutes.  

Steer, who competed in the biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics, held off runner-up Gail Taylor in a close women's race to capture her first title in 3:58:48.1. Steer crossed the finish line nearly a minute an a half ahead of Taylor.

Defending women's champion Monica Tibbetts placed fourth, while defending men's title holder Eric Strabel did not compete.

The Crow Pass Crossing run covers approximately 24 miles, starting from Girdwood and ending at the Eagle River Nature Center. The event is held as a fund-raiser for the Milers Booster Club, supporting the cross country and track & field programs at UAA.

A total of 85 men and 31 women finished the race under the 6-hour time limit.