On a day when heavy rains wreaked havoc on much of Southcentral Alaska, hundreds of runners braved the weather to participate in the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series at Bartlett High.

Loren Holmes
As races of all stripes see more and more women participants, races with a social component seem to thrive instead of merely survive.Mike Campbell

Runners compete in the Class 1-2-3A girls and boys and the Class 4-A girls and boys state cross country meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, Oct.3, 2015.

Bob Hallinen
In a meet that attracted 26 Division I teams, Allie Ostrander of Soldotna placed second in the women's race.Alaska Dispatch News

Runners gathered in the rain to compete in the Cook Inlet Conference Cross-Country Championships at Bartlett High School on Saturday.

Bob Hallinen
In the 5-K, Will Kimball and Heidi Zimmer cruised past the competition.Alaska Dispatch News
Matias Saari, at 45 the oldest Equinox winner in history, recorded his first win in the rugged marathon in Fairbanks in 2007.Alaska Dispatch News
Recording narrow victories were Debra Gimeno and Andrew Dougherty.Alaska Dispatch News
Allie Ostrander of Soldotna and Levi Thomet of Kodiak shined at the World Mountain Running Championships in Wales, UK.Doyle Woody

On Saturday, runners will brave Fairbanks' Equinox Marathon, regarded as one of the most difficult marathons in the United States. Among them, a 25-year-old man who is blind and partially deaf, who is running to raise awareness of the rare genetic disorder Usher syndrome.

Laurel Andrews