Palmer’s Christy Marvin and Palmer’s Meg Inokuma race in the Mount Marathon Race in Seward on July 4, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Palmer’s Christy Marvin and Palmer’s Meg Inokuma race in the Mount Marathon Race in Seward on July 4, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Inokuma holds off Marvin for Equinox title

Palmer’s Meg Inokuma and Fairbanks’ Mike Ophoff won the 59th Equinox Marathon on Saturday in Fairbanks.

The marathon is noted for two things — it’s wonderful fall colors and 3,500 feet of vertical gain and loss.

Palmer’s Christy Marvin had a chance to become the winningest runner in Equinox history with a seventh victory, but was denied by Inokuma, a fellow 42-year-old.

Inokuma, who lived on the central Kenai Peninsula in the summers of 2014 through 2016, finished in 3 hours, 15 minutes and 29 seconds, while Marvin was at 3:21:22.

In a historically fast race last year, Inokuma was one of four to break Marvin’s course record of 3:15:06. Anchorage’s Anna Dalton won at 3:07:22 and did not race this year. Inokuma was fourth in 3:14:35.

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren was second last year at 3:11:57 and finished third Saturday at 3:33:23. Also in the top 20 from the peninsula was Seward’s Tara Swanson in 11th at 4:06:52.

Ophoff won the men’s race at 2:55:58, with Anchorage’s Magnus Noroey in second at 2:56:38. Anchorage’s Galen Hecht, who lived on the central peninsula for 18 months before moving in January, was seventh in 3:08:46, while Seward’s Collin Atkinson was 12th in 3:27:13.

Also from the peninsula in the women’s race, Homer’s Kayla Ray Bloom was 22nd in 4:26:52 and Homer’s Yvonne Leutwyler was 59th in 5:17:24. In the men’s race, Mark Flanagan of Moose Pass was 146th in 5:48:06.

In the 2nd Equinox Half Marathon, Eagle River’s Krista Schnell won at 1:40:55. Seward’s Hallie Bergwall was 11th in 1:57:10, Soldotna’s Angie Brennan was 67th in 2:24:26 and Anchor Point’s Jennifer Robinette was 121st in 3:01:10.

Kenneth Brewer of Fairbanks won the men’s race in 1:22:37.

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