June 21, 2014
On the summer solstice runners from around the globe converge on Anchorage, Alaska to participate in the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon. The marathon covers 26.2 miles of the Anchorage area starting at Bartlett High School and traveling through the eastern foothills and across Anchorage to the Delaney Park Strip finish line.
University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni runners David Kiplagat and Davya Flaharty won the men’s and women’s marathon titles in Saturday’s 41st annual Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon & Half-Marathon.
Kiplagat originally form Kapsabet, Kenya, repeated as the Marathon’s men’s championship, finishing in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 11 seconds. Kiplagat’s brother, Paul Rottich a UAA Alumni finished in second place finishing in 2:32:13. Finishing the marathon in third place Kiplagat’s and Rottich’s brother, Solomon Kandie posting a time of 2:32:24.
Flaharty, of Fairbanks, won her first Midnight Sun Marathon finishing in 2:59:51. Anchorage runner Kirsten Kolb finished in second place with a time of 3:05:46. UAA Alumni Kiersten Lippmann, placed third posting a time of 3:06:28.
The Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon presented by the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Over 4,400 runners participated in the event, with all 50 states represented and 13 countries being represented. The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and is recognized by the Boston Marathon as a qualifying event.