Leaders are relatively bunched more than halfway through Six Days at the Dome footrace

Alaska Dispatch News
Bill Roth

More than halfway through the Six Days at the Dome ultramarathoning event, Joe Fejes of Georgia, who holds multiple American records, owned the men’s lead over David Johnston of Wasilla.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, Fejes, 48, had covered 345 miles on the indoor track at the Alaska Dome after 81 hours of a competition that runs for six days, or 144 hours. That distance furnished him a 14-mile advantage on Johnston, 44, who had gone 331 miles.

Johnston is the record holder at the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational. He’s also a three-time winner of the Resurrection Pass 100-miler.

Sitting third among men is Kenji Okiyama, 49, of Japan, at 313 miles.

The women’s competition is even tighter.

Liz Bauer, 55, of Georgia, who like Fejes won her division in the six-day Across the Years race in Arizona earlier this year, had run 274 miles. That gave her a small cushion on Canada’s Marylou Corino, who had completed 268 miles.

Third among women was Yolanda Holder, 56, of California, who had covered 234 miles. Holder in 2012 completed 120 marathons/ultramarathons.

Six Days at the Dome finishes at 11 a.m. Sunday.