The 2009 Alaska Gold Nugget Triathlon, a popular springtime tradition for local women athletes, will be a duathlon this year due to a pool closure at Bartlett High School, according to triathlon board president Betsy Haines. "The duathlon is what we are going to do," she said. "We are gonna try to pull it off."Julia O'Malley
Gary Howell finished first in Saturday's Go for the Gravy race at Wasilla High. Howell finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 29 seconds while Christopher Ashland was the runner-up in 20:24. Jessica Pankala was the fastest women, finishing ninth in 24:32.
For years runners braving the cold had to make do with gloves designed for skiing, hiking or general cold weather use. But for the last few years, running-shoe makers have ramped up production of running-specific gloves that warm the hands at the cold start of a run.Mike Campbell
Jerry Ross of Anchorage finished 25th in Sunday's U.S. Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. Ross, 33, recorded a time of a 2 hours, 33 minutes, 57 seconds. Winner Andrew Dumm, 23, of Arlington, finished in 2:22:44.
Nobody expects the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii to be easy. But Katy Rosane of Eagle River hoped her second Ironman in 12 months would afford her familiarity, experience and -- dare she say -- a slightly more comfortable trip.Mike Campbell
Holly Brooks captured first place in the Lightning League of the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series, completing six kilometers of the Lekisch and Bluff trails at Kincaid Park in 27 minutes, 52 seconds.