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Runners set out when ready at the Skinny Raven Pub Run on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in downtown Anchorage. Participants could register at 5 p.m. and then were encouraged to head onto the 5-kilometer course by 6 p.m., finishing up at McGinley's, Flat Top Pizza & Pool or Snow Goose Restaurant.

Erik Hill
Corbin Jahn and Anna Dalton were the top finishers in the Octoberfest 10-kilometer race Saturday on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.Alaska Dispatch News

The West girls and boys swept the team competitions at the Cook Inlet Conference cross-country running championships held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Bartlett High. 

Whether a race is the heart and soul of vacation or just the cherry on top of a bottomless beach side pina colada, it can add a great element of accomplishment and, yes, fun to traveling.Alli Harvey
Christy Marvin broke the women's record and Matias Saari found new material for his long-awaited book on the history of the Equinox Marathon in Saturday's 52nd running of the Fairbanks marathon. Dermot Cole
Hallidie Wilt leads the way as women dominate Saturday's Dash for Donations 5-K.Alaska Dispatch News
From mountain biking to skiing, ziplining to kayaking, studies show that kids who grow up with access to outdoor activities are more likely to reap the benefits of physical fitness and more effective coping skills. But it can be risky too.  Erin Kirkland

West and South each came away with two winners apiece Friday, a day when eight high school runners claimed victories at Russian Jack Springs Park. Separate boys and girls races were held for each grade — freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Clocking the fastest times in the 3-kilometer races were Ty Jordan, a junior from Chugiak, and Morgan Lash, a junior from South.

UAA hosts Willamette University of Salem, Oregon, in the lone Seawolves cross-country running meet of the year on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, on the Beach Lake Trails at Chugiak. 

Erik Hill

Allie Ostrander of Kenai is one of the greatest Alaska high school runners ever and in recent months has set a succession of eye-popping records. 

Alaska Dispatch News