Kangogo, Wilt claim Heart Run victories

Beth Bragg
Cordell Williams laughs with his sister, Montia, as they approach the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Spectators reach for high fives on the UAA campus. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Mona Eben gets set to race in the timed event. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Kitty Wellman, center, of the Alaska Children's Heart Center, demonstrates CPR compressions Saturday. Jim Dennis is at left and his son Matthew, 9, is at right. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
From left, Rachel Hammer, Jessie Wieland and Kayla Beaulieu cheer for runners. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
A crowd leaves the start line for the Heart Run's untimed event. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Eric Hansen closes in on the finish of his 5-kilometer run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Ryan Beckett, followed by Jeff Young, turn a corner on the UAA campus. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Annabelle Shoup leads Jennifer Shoup in to the finish area. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sam Tilly is followed by Matt Novakovich. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Runners in the timed event begin their race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Racers share a quiet moment before the event begins. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Veronica Pope holds a sign as runners pass by. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Wendy Hebert, left, and Don Brooks run toward the finish. They were part of the Joe's Army team which raised more than $15,000. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Hallidie Wilt was the women's winner of the Heart Run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Linda Morrison gets encouragement near the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Dan Myers strides toward the race's finish. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sebastian Szweda Mittelstadt gets ready to race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Stanley Flagel competes Saturday. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Tali Novakovich heads into the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Tasha Burke crosses the finish line. Burke is a physical education teacher at Huffman Elementary, which brought a team of more than 200 people. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Maddie Jones, right, gives out high-fives. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Jake Moe, left, is followed closely by Alfred Kangogo. Kangogo took first and Moe took second place in the Heart Run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sebastian Szweda Mittelstadt and Hallidie Wilt race Saturday. Wilt was the winner of the women's race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Cordell Williams laughs with his sister, Montia, as they approach the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Spectators reach for high fives on the UAA campus. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Mona Eben gets set to race in the timed event. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Kitty Wellman, center, of the Alaska Children's Heart Center, demonstrates CPR compressions Saturday. Jim Dennis is at left and his son Matthew, 9, is at right. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
From left, Rachel Hammer, Jessie Wieland and Kayla Beaulieu cheer for runners. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
A crowd leaves the start line for the Heart Run's untimed event. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Eric Hansen closes in on the finish of his 5-kilometer run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Ryan Beckett, followed by Jeff Young, turn a corner on the UAA campus. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Annabelle Shoup leads Jennifer Shoup in to the finish area. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sam Tilly is followed by Matt Novakovich. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Runners in the timed event begin their race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Racers share a quiet moment before the event begins. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Veronica Pope holds a sign as runners pass by. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Wendy Hebert, left, and Don Brooks run toward the finish. They were part of the Joe's Army team which raised more than $15,000. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Hallidie Wilt was the women's winner of the Heart Run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Linda Morrison gets encouragement near the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Dan Myers strides toward the race's finish. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sebastian Szweda Mittelstadt gets ready to race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Stanley Flagel competes Saturday. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Tali Novakovich heads into the finish line. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Tasha Burke crosses the finish line. Burke is a physical education teacher at Huffman Elementary, which brought a team of more than 200 people. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Maddie Jones, right, gives out high-fives. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Jake Moe, left, is followed closely by Alfred Kangogo. Kangogo took first and Moe took second place in the Heart Run. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Sebastian Szweda Mittelstadt and Hallidie Wilt race Saturday. Wilt was the winner of the women's race. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester

For the second year in a row, Jake Moe etched his name in the Alaska Heart Run record book, running a sizzling time Saturday that ranks as the fifth fastest in the history of Anchorage's annual rite of spring.

Coupled with his effort last year, Moe owns two of the 10 fastest times recorded since the 5-kilometer race began in 1985.

If only he was fast enough to win Alaska's biggest 5-K.

Moe, 28, posted his second straight runner-up finish, finishing a heartbeat away from victory in a race that is all about heartbeats. A field of about 5,300 turned out on a brisk, sunny morning to participate in the Heart Run and help raise money for the American Heart Association, which this year collected a record $240,000 that will help fight the battle against heart disease and stroke.

Moe once again settled for second place behind a Kenyan runner -- Alfred Kangogo this year, David Kiplagat last year. So at least he can claim the honor of twice being the Heart Run's top American runner.

"I've been told that a lot," Moe said.

Victories went to a pair of former UAA runners -- Kangogo and Unalaska's Hallidie Wilt.

Wilt, a volunteer coach for the Seawolves this track season, breezed to the women's victory in 18 minutes, 3 seconds, beating Service High senior Jenette Northey by 22 seconds.

Wilt, 24, said she has a tendency to start too fast but managed to restrain herself Saturday.

"I went out with some other guys my own pace and kind of stayed with it," she said.

She ran the first mile in 5:19 and averaged a 5:49 pace over the 3.1-mile course on the UAA and Alaska Pacific University campuses.

Wilt, who said she never spotted a woman ahead of her, finished 34th overall in a field of 1,489 runners in the timed event. Another 3,800 or so took part in the untimed 5-K and 3-K runs.

Moe led for nearly the entire race. Kangogo passed him in the final 200 meters by using the finishing speed that made him a three-time NCAA Division II All-American in the 1,500 meters.

Kangogo's winning time of 14:52.48 is the fourth-fastest time in race history, and the fastest since 1996. Moe was a step behind in 14:52.86.

Defending champion Micah Chelimo, a three-time NCAA Division II national champion who was named UAA's Athlete of the Year the night before the race, was third in 15:01, and Kiplagat, the Heart Run champ in 2011 and 2007, placed a distant fourth in 15:43.

"Micah and Jake and David led for the first three K," Kangogo said, "and then I decided to move."

Moe tried to ward him off as best he could, but Kangogo simply had too much finishing speed. Kangogo looked smooth and almost fresh at the finish line; Moe looked gassed.

"He's got a kick you wouldn't believe," Moe said.

Kangogo, 25, wrapped up a stellar career with the Seawolves this winter during the indoor track and field season and is targeting on the Mayor's Marathon as his first big post-collegiate race.

Saturday was about enjoying the big crowd, good weather and high spirits, he said. "Let's just go out and enjoy ourselves," said Kangogo, who is due to graduate in December with a degree in nursing and nutrition.

Kangogo and Moe didn't come close to Marcus Dunbar's 1995 record of 14:39.1, but they became the 12th and 13th runners in Heart Run history to break the 15-minute barrier.

Last year, Kiplagat and Moe both ran sub-15s, marking the first time anyone had done so since 1996.

Dunbar, the Kodiak High running coach who is a former U.S. champion in the indoor mile, owns six of the sub-15s. The only others with multiple sub-15 times are Moe and Joe Alward, who like Moe posted both of his blazing efforts in runner-up performances, each time placing second to Dunbar.

Moe, an electrical engineer for ML&P who helps coach running at Anchorage Christian, won last summer's Moose's Tooth Marathon and is training for this fall's Chicago Marathon. From his perspective, finishing second to Kangogo or one of the other Kenyans is nothing to hang his head about.

"They're national champions," Moe said. "I know this isn't the race they're peaking for like I am. Usually they win.

"It's inspiring. It's a challenge. If they weren't there today, I wouldn't have run as fast."


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.com