Pyper Dixon and Erik Johnson, both of Seward, sprint for the finish of the Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Pyper Dixon and Erik Johnson, both of Seward, sprint for the finish of the Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Race roundup: Cirque Series Alyeska, Moose Nugget Triathlon

Seward’s Erik Johnson and Anchorage’s Julianne Dickerson led mountain runners with Kenai Peninsula ties Sunday at the Cirque Series Alyeska mountain race.

Runners can register for any of three categories, but all run the same course of 5.9 miles and 3,890 vertical feet. The pro category has prize money, the expert category is for those with a lot of mountain experience, and the sport category is for those without a ton of mountain experience.

Johnson took first place in the expert division at 1 hour, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, while Seiji Takagi of Anchorage was second at 1:14:31. Johnson was fifth overall, with two-time Mount Marathon Race champ and Alaska Pacific University skier David Norris winning at 1:04:55.

Dickerson, who was raised in Kenai, was second in the pro division to APU and Olympic skier Rosie Frankowski. Frankowski ran 1:18:37, while Dickerson was next at 1:22:46. The duo also was first and second overall.

Seward’s Ruby Lindquist was third in the expert division and seventh overall at 1:28:08, while Seward’s Pyper Dixon was fifth in the pro division and sixth overall at 1:11:28, and 2015 Kenai Central graduate Jordan Theisen was 10th in the pro division and 12th overall at 1:15:32.

Seward’s Kellyann Cavaretta was ninth in the sport division and 33rd overall at 1:48:55.

Cirque Series Alyeska mountain race

Peninsula finishers

WOMEN

Expert division — 3. Ruby Lindquist, Seward, 1:28:08; 20. Tekla Seavey, Seward, 1:49:09.

Sport division — 9. Kellyann Cavaretta, Seward, 1:48:55; 44. Shelby Harris, Seward, 2:15:07; 58. Sadie Ulman, Seward, 2:20:17; 60. Kathleen Sorensen, Seward, 2:20:37; 83. Nicole Lawrence, Seward, 2:35:12; 104. Jen Showalter, Soldotna, 2:57:11; 105. Angelica Sulley, Soldotna, 2:57:11; 108. Lucy Hankins, Seward, 2:58:08.

MEN

Expert division — 1. Erik Johnson, Seward, 1:11:12; 18. Trevor Kreznar, Seward, 1:24:43; 59. Elijah Spray, Cooper Landing, 1:50:38.

Pro division — 5. Pyper Dixon, Seward, 1:11:28; 14. Miles Knotek, Moose Pass, 2:26:07.

Sport division — 19. Joe Nyholm, Seward, 1:34:32; 35. Kenny Regan, Seward, 1:38:39; 42. Benjamin McGarry, Soldotna, 1:40:31; 52. Sam Young, Seward, 1:46:22; 138. Mitchell Ruimveld, Homer, 2:21:34; 152. Brian Burns, Fritz Creek, 2:30:46.

Aldridge takes third at Moose Nugget Triathlon sprint

Sterling’s Morgan Aldridge took third at the Moose Nugget Triathlon sprint distance Sunday in Anchorage.

Aldridge finished at 1:31:32, while winner Mazzy Jackson was at 1:19:56. The sprint distance included an 800-meter swim, 15-mile bike and 5-kilometer run.

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