Soldotna’s Galen Hecht finishes 16th in the men’s Mount Marathon Race on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Galen Hecht finishes 16th in the men’s Mount Marathon Race on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Hecht leads peninsula at CIM

Galen Hecht, 26, of Soldotna led the Kenai Peninsula by finishing 237th overall Sunday at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, California.

Hecht finished at 2 hours, 38 minutes, 10 seconds, to also be the 221st men’s finisher at the marathon, which bills itself as the fastest course in the West.

Collin Atkinson, 29, of Seward ran 2:59:43 to finish 1,084th overall and 911th in the men’s division.

Seward’s Patrick Lewis, 33, ran 3:00:44 to finish 1,132nd and 949th. Lewis won the half marathon at the Kenai River Marathon in late September.

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren, 30, set the women’s event record at the Kenai River Marathon in late September. According to her Strava account, Youngren tried to race CIM despite going into the event with an injury. Youngren dropped out early in the race.

Iannaccone competes at XTERRA World Championship

Kenai’s Jon Iannaccone finished 258th overall Sunday at the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Iannaccone finished the race in 4 hours, 34 minutes and 14 seconds to take 27th in the men’s 50 to 54 age division.

The event was supposed to be a triathlon, but the weather had other ideas. The swim was canceled for the first time in the 25-year history of the event due to massive surf and hazardous rip currents.

Instead, racers did a three-kilometer run, followed by a 31-kilometer mountain bike, followed by an 11-kilometer run on trails and sand. Heavy rains made the courses challenging.

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