Kiplagat, Dalton claim Mayor's titles
ANCHORAGE – David Kiplagat ran the second-fastest marathon in event history and Anna Dalton captured the 26.2-mile title on the women’s side Saturday in the 40th annual Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon, presented by ConocoPhillips.
Kiplagat, a former University of Alaska Anchorage All-American, finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 22 seconds, to capture his second title in three years. His time was nearly seven and a half minutes better than his 2:30:52 mark from 2011, and just 53 seconds shy of Michael Wisniewski’s record of 2:22:29 from 2009.
Meanwhile, Dalton, also a local resident, earned her first Mayor’s title in 3:09:00. The 23-year-old West Anchorage High School grad was a former collegiate runner at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Locals also dominated in the half-marathon, with Aaron Fletcher picking up the men’s crown in 1:12:42, and Monica Ross earning the women’s title in 1:26:19. Fletcher topped another former UAA All-American, Alfred Kangogo, by just 13 seconds to win the men’s race.
In the 4-miler – which replaced the former 5.6-mile distance this year – Matthew Komats of Anchorage (24:15) and Presli Hutchinson of Pocatello, Idaho (26:47) earned the respective men’s and women’s titles.
The Youth Cup races were won by Michael Earnhart of Eagle River (11:11) and Aleutia Morris of Anchorage (12:19), while other titles went to the ‘Super Skiers’ in the marathon relay (2:48:22) and Ira Edwards in the handcycle division (2:45:33).
The Mayor's Marathon and Half-Marathon is organized by the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Athletics and the Municipality of Anchorage. Nearly 4,200 runners participated in this year's event, representing all 50 states and multiple countries.