Miles Knotek of Moose Pass and Megan Youngren of Soldotna led the Kenai Peninsula at the 56th Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks on Saturday.
Youngren finished the 26.2-mile course — which starts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center, goes to the top of 2,323-foot Ester Dome, then returns to the Patty Center — in 3 hours, 53 minutes and 39 seconds.
The women’s victory went to Palmer’s Christy Marvin, who beat her 2014 course record of 3:17:10 by running 3:15:07 to also finish eighth overall. Marvin became the first five-time winner of the women’s race.
Knotek finished in 3:24:12 to take 12th. Juneau’s Allan Spangler ran 2:50:07 to repeat as champion.
Seward’s Fred Moore, who turns 79 this month, was the oldest finisher in Equinox history for a little bit. Moore placed 300th in 5:41:22, but then 80-year-old Dale Feist of Salcha finished 513th in 8:18:12.
56th Equinox Marathon
Saturday in Fairbanks
Women — 1. Megan Youngren, Soldotna, 3 hours, 53 minutes, 39 seconds; 64. Kari Ingalls, Seward, 4:49:29; 81. Amy Mitchell, Seward, 4:58:06; 108. Yvonne Luetwyler, Homer, 5:22:16.
Men — 12. Miles Knotek, Moose Pass, 3:24:12; 15. Patrick Lewis, Seward, 3:27:17; 23. Collin Atkinson, Seward, 3:32:21; 48. James Mitchell, Seward, 3:51:30; 63. Kevin Knotek, Moose Pass, 4:02:39; 129. Brendan Webb, Kasilof, 4:51:07; 177. Fred Moore, Seward, 5:41:22; 284. Isaac Niesen, Kenai, 9:41:39.