Beth Bragg

It’s Wednesday evening at the Delaney Park Strip, and from traffic-packed A Street to peaceful P Street, Anchorage’s oldest park is bustling.

The evening begins quietly enough. A hard rain came late in the afternoon, but by 5:45 it’s no more than a drizzle, although the swollen, gray clouds obscuring the Chugach Mountains to the east are the definition of ominous.

A handful of people gather under an awning on Ninth Avenue between H and I streets. It’s the second-to-last week for Yoga in the Park, a free program offered on Wednesday by The Alaska Club...

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The history of the Crow Pass Crossing is filled with tales of wildlife encounters -- from moose and bears that impede runners’ progress to swarms of wasps that leave them covered with stings.

Christy Marvin’s victory Saturday adds a chapter to race lore -- one that could be told in verse. Something like this:

Twas the night before Crow Pass and all through the tent

Not a creature was stirring except a rodent

Yep, Marvin’s race was almost undone by a mouse. Or maybe a vole.

Marvin, one of Alaska’s best mountain runners, spent Friday night in a tent near the Crow Pass trail head in Girdwood so she wouldn’t have to drive from Palmer early Saturday morning for the 7 a.m. race start...

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Running the second-fastest time in race history, Scott Patterson claimed his third Crow Pass Crossing championship in four years Saturday.

The 23-year-old Anchorage man turned the marathon-length wilderness run -- one of Alaska’s most iconic races -- into a time trial.

Patterson shed his pursuers early, forging a two-minute lead over defending champion Allan Spangler on the 2,100-foot climb up Crow Pass that marks the beginning of the race.

He finished in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds. The only faster time is the 2:54:44 race record set by Juneau’s Geoff Roes in 2010...

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Between a warm, sunny night and a long, hard hill near the end of the race course, sweat was everywhere Friday evening at the Jeff Dusenbury SweatFest.

It dripped off the chin and soaked the shorts of five-mile race winner Jacob Kirk. It coated the arms, legs and face of two-mile winner Amber Stull, and it dotted the forehead of Sheryl Loan, who placed fifth in the women’s five-miler. Even the first dog across the finish line seemed to have a sheen to its black coat.

Sweat was everywhere at the West High finish line, and so was the spirit of Jeff Dusenbury, an Anchorage man who extolled exertion. A regular in cycling, skiing and running races, Dusenbury was riding his bike when he was killed last summer by a hit-and-run driver. He was 51...

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Amber Stull owes her victory in Saturday’s Hammerman Triathlon to ibuprofen and BodyGlide.

Will Ross owes his to a somewhat frantic last-minute tire change.

And the team of Kikk’n Jetsy owes its to a 54-year-old who agreed to jump into Little Campbell Lake for the first time in her life.

The Hammerman, Anchorage’s only off-road triathlon, celebrated its 15th anniversary by drawing a record crowd of 147 participants to Kincaid Park.

The race featured a half-mile open-water swim, a 13-mile mountain bike ride, a four-mile trail run and a moose that hung out near an aid station on the running trail...

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East High softball player Taria Page knows success. She played on the Nunaka Valley team that captured a Little League world championship in 2012 and she recently won her fourth straight state high school championship with the Thunderbirds.

But earning a spot on the All-America high school team was both unexpected and special, Page said after learning she was one of 62 players nationwide named to the MaxPreps All-America team.

“I won a World Series and I was 4 for 4 in the state championships for high school and me and my team have dominated,” Page said Tuesday, “but when I found out, I was just like, ‘Wow. Your hard work was recognized nationwide.’...

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Eagle River's Alev Kelter and her American rugby teammates will leave the Pan Am Games with a silver medal -- and a mission.

The U.S. women's rugby sevens team collected second-place medals Sunday in Toronto after a 55-7 loss to Canada in a match that left the Americans knowing they have work to do between now and next year's Summer Olympics.

A crowd of 18,000 gathered at Exhibition Stadium to watch the Pan Am Games' inaugural gold-medal match in women's rugby sevens. It was treated to a dominating performance by the home team, which buried the Americans 55-7 to complete an undefeated run through the six-team tournament.

It was Canada's second win of the day over the United States. In an earlier preliminary match, Canada triumphed 34-12...

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David Registe carried the flag for Dominica and Alev Kelter helped carry the U.S. women’s rugby team to three straight victories, giving Alaska a presence at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Registe, who was born and raised in Alaska but competes for the Caribbean island his parents are from, was Dominica’s flag-bearer at Friday’s opening ceremonies. One of four athletes on the Dominica team, he’ll compete in the long jump July 21.

Kelter, a multisport star at Chugiak High and the University of Wisconsin, was the leading scorer for the U.S. women’s rugby sevens team in two of the squad’s three pool-play matches Saturday...

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An Alaska Baseball League brawl that’s grabbing national attention because it was an actual fight between punch-throwing head coaches has resulted in suspensions for both men.

The coaches involved in the late-night brawl at Mulcahy Stadium earlier this week have been suspended, one for four games and the other for two, the president of the Alaska Baseball League said Friday.

Anchorage Bucs coach Mike Grahovac was suspended for four games and Peninsula Oilers coach Kevin Griffin got a two-game suspension for their 14th-inning fight Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium, league president Chris Beck said...

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When Lael Wilcox rode her bike from Anchorage to Alberta in May, she was just warming up.

The 28-year-old Anchorage woman used the 2,140-mile trek from Alaska to Canada as a prelude to her record-setting ride in the Tour Divide, which is billed as the world’s longest off-pavement cycling route.

The race covers 2,745 miles on trails near the Continental Divide, going from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Wilcox arrived at the finish line Monday morning, 17 days and 2,745 miles after she left Banff. Her time of 17 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes was two days faster than the previous record of 19:03:35, by Eszter Horanyi in 2012...

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