Anchorage’s Lars Arneson, a 2009 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy, passes Seward’s Erik Johnson to take seventh place at the Mount Marathon Race on July 4, 2018, in Seward. Johnson finished eighth.(Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage’s Lars Arneson, a 2009 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy, passes Seward’s Erik Johnson to take seventh place at the Mount Marathon Race on July 4, 2018, in Seward. Johnson finished eighth.(Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Runners with peninsula ties win Crazy Lazy V

The mountain running season kicked off Saturday with Crazy Lazy V in Palmer, a six-mile run that starts at the Lazy Mountain trail head, and rises and drops about 3,200 feet. The race is the first of the Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix, a series of seven races that take place over the summer.

Runners with Kenai Peninsula connections won both the men’s and women’s races. On the women’s side, Denali Strabel, a 2008 graduate of Seward High School, won at 1:17:53, while Seward’s Hannah Lafleur was second at 1:18:14. Julianne Dickerson, who was born and raised in Kenai and graduated from Wings Christian Academy in 2006 but now lives in Anchorage, was third at 1:22:36, while 2015 Soldotna High School graduate Sadie Fox placed ninth at 1:32:04.

The men’s race went to 2009 Cook Inlet Academy graduate Lars Arneson in 1:07:14, while Seward’s Erik Johnson, a perennial Mount Marathon contender, was 11th in 1:15:48.

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