ANCHORAGE – Former University of Alaska Anchorage runner Paul Rottich earned a repeat title in the men’s marathon Saturday to highlight a picture-perfect day at the 43rd annual Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon, presented by ConocoPhillips.

Rottich – who competed in cross country and track & field for the Seawolves from 2007-11 – completed the 26.2-mile course from Bartlett High School to the Delaney Park Strip in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 17 seconds, bettering his winning time of 2:32:39 from 2015. Originally from Kenya and now living in Beaverton, Ore., Rottich pulled away at the 7-mile mark and ran alone for the rest of the race, with runner-up Chad Trammell of Anchorage clocking 2:30:14.

On the women’s side, Anchorage resident Trina PaStarr earned the title in her first-ever marathon, finishing in 3:19:56. Like Rottich, the Minnesota transplant was a former college athlete, earning three all-conference awards at Macalester College from 2006-10.

The men’s half-marathon featured a sprint down the finish chute between two current UAA student-athletes, with Derek Gibson fending off Edwin Kangogo by two seconds, 1:13:13 to 1:13:15.

Anchorage’s Jennifer Fleming took the women’s half-marathon title in 1:27:12, beating the field by more than four minutes.

The Mayor’s 5-kilometer race featured a Keystone State sweep as Camp Hill, Pa., native Brian Fuller won the men’s crown in 14:59 and Mary Dell of Hummelstown, Pa. – who is Fuller’s brother’s fiancée – claimed the women’s win and finished fourth overall in 16:44.

Saturday’s races – run under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 60s – were organized by the UAA Athletic Department for the 16th straight year and featured approximately 4,000 participants, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.