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Four first-time champs crowned in Resurrection Pass ultramarathons

Alaska Dispatch News
Photo by Mary Steiert / Anchorage Daily News

Four first-time champions were crowned over the weekend in one of Alaska’s most difficult trail ultramarathons.

Dugan Greenwell won the overall title in the Resurrection Pass 100, which takes runners from Hope to Cooper Landing and back. He clocked 18 hours, 57 minutes, 40 seconds, to beat Houston Laws (21:47:40) by nearly three hours.

Coupled with his 2012 victory in the Resurrection Pass 50, Greenwell became the third athlete in race history to bag victories in both the 50 and the 100. The 50 has been run since 1996 and the 100 debuted in 2003.

Shawn McTaggert, runner-up to race legend Laura McDonough in the 100 last year, claimed her first Resurrection 100 title, clocking 22:01:36 to finish more than an hour clear of runner-up McDonough (23:17.25).

McDonough owns the most titles in race history with nine. She has won the women's division of the 100 seven times, including last year, when she also seized the overall title, and has won the 50 twice.

Geoff Roes of Juneau, who a few years ago was the nation's top ultramarathoner, won the 100 in 2008 and the 50 in 2007. Jeff Ardnt won the 100 in 2007 and the 50 in 1999.

Allan Spangler won the overall title in the 50 in 6:22:03, edging A.J. Shirack (6:28:10).

Sara Sayre won the women’s 50, and finished fifth overall at that distance, in 8:39:12, topping 2012 winner Stacey Buckelew (8:47:19).

Resurrection Pass 100

1) Dugan Greenwell 18:57:40; 2) Houston Laws 21:47:40; 3) Shawn McTaggart (women’s winner) 22:01:36; 4) Laura McDonough 23:17:25; 5) Martti Lindeke 24:46:02; 6) Michael DiFillipo 25:05:01; 7) Ron Koczaja 25:13:09; 8) Eliseo Marquez 25:50:09; 9)  Sarah Duffy 26:13:48.

Resurrection Pass 50

1)  Allan Spangler 6:22:03; 2) A.J. Schirack 6:28:10; 3) Erik Johnson 7:43:53; 4) Chris Garber-Slaught 8:38:25; 5) Sara Sayre (women’s winner) 8:39:12; 6) Joe Nyholm 8:40:14; 7) Nathaniel Knapp 8:41:04; 8) Stacey Buckelew 8:47:19; 9) Fred Hveding 9:05:37; 10) Alexander Hone 9:11:30; 11) Chelsea Ward-Waller 9:13:29; 12) Briston Blair 9:42:29; 13) Dorian Gross 10:14:29; 14) Sarah Glaser 10:46:23; 15) Julie Dunston 10:47:45; 16) Carole Holley 10:52:25; 17) Wynn Auld 11:04:25; 18) Michelle Bodenhamer 11:15:10; 19) Jared Kern 11:56:24; 20) Jeffrey Kern 11:56:34; 21) Nicole Leman 11:57:09; 22) Doug Debenham 11:57:31; 23) tie, Emma Brand 12:05:35, and Jennifer MacLaughlin 12:05:35; 25) Jennifer Goyette  12:22:44; 26) Gail Leedy 12:22:46; 27) Justin Hone 12:23:48; 28) Kimberly Hone 12:53:49; 29) Jon-Michael Dreher 13:07:18; 30) Jenni Diep 13:44:07; 31) Jacinda Walker 13:44:50;32) Terri Hayes 17:35:00.