Sam Scotchmer and Tasha Folsom on Saturday once again stamped their dominance on the Alpine Adventure Run in Sitka, with Scotchmer winning the men’s race for the fifth straight year and Folsom regaining the women’s record.
Scotchmer won the point-to-point race that includes 2,000 feet of elevation gain, finishing in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds. He owns the men’s race record of 1:04:03, set last year.
Folsom, a previous race record-holder, crossed in 1:18:10 to crush the 2013 women’s record of 1:21:15 by Emily de La Bruyere and secure her second victory in the race.
Scotchmer beat Matias Saari of Anchorage (1:06:10) by 83 seconds – still, Saari’s time was 19 seconds faster than Scotchmer’s previous course record.
Folsom beat Emily Routon (1:19:58) by 1:48, though Routon finished 77 seconds faster than de La Bruyere’s previous race record.
The Alpine Adventure Run, which began in 1993 as an Eagle Scout project by race director Chris Horan’s son, Josh, is limited to 75 runners. Several runners from Anchorage each year make the trip to Southeast for the race.
Among the Anchorage runners who competed Saturday was Matt Kenney, who had run the race previously. Kenney, who suffered severe injuries in a fall at Seward’s Mount Marathon in 2011, returned to Seward earlier this month to race Mount Marathon again. Kenney, well-known in the mountain-running community, has competed in several mountain races this summer and inspired runners.