First-time winners take Crow Pass

Crow PassCrow Pass is an event produced by the University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Association and Millers Booster Club. The race is about 24 miles along the Crow Pass Trail and starts just north of Girdwood and ends at the Eagle River Nature Center. There is a total gradient of 5,959 feet and a peak elevation of 3,888 feet.

Allan Spangler won the men’s event in 3 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds to post the fifth-fastest time in race history. Silas Talbot finished in second place with a time of 3:06:50 in his first Crow Pass race. Third-place winner Matt Shyrok also finished in under the 3-hour mark, with 3:09:26.

Christy Marvin won the women’s event, just missing the 24-year-old race record held by 9-time Crow Pass champion Nancy Pease by 24 seconds. Marvin outraced 36 other women, finishing with a time of 3:26:44. Second-place finisher Jessica Vetch posted a time of 3:49:59. Third place went to UAA alumna Jaime Bronga with a time of 3:52:04.