Knotek, Youngren lead peninsula at Equinox Marathon

Knotek, Youngren lead peninsula at Equinox Marathon

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

Peninsula finishers

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.

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