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Story last updated at 3:47 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

APU skiers take first in Homer's Marathon

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News One last hill Mica Morton leads a group of skiers up the last hill before Diamond Ridge Road for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club Marathon on Saturday. For results, see story, page 12.

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Skiers approach Diamond Ridge Road during the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club Marathon on Saturday.

Complete race results

It was a record year for Homer's Marathon race with 123 racers, 66 of which hailed from as far as Palmer, Sitka and Salt Lake City.

With an excellent snow base and sunny skies, the event was no less than perfect according to organizer Mary Lou Barton.

The marathon was composed of three events, the 25K tour, 25K race, and 38K race.

"It was my first ski over 15K. I have skied parts of it before and knew it was tough," said Maddie Fuller of Homer, skiing in the 25K tour division. "The volunteers were great and the aid stations definitely helped. I never thought I would be so happy to eat a Nutter Butter."

Alaska Pacific University skiers Greta Anderson and Dylan Watts took first place in the 38K event for men's and women's division, with a time of 2:12.01 and 1:46.39, respectively.

Anderson also was a first-place finisher in the Tour of Anchorage the previous weekend; Watts was the 2011 Tour of Anchorage winner.

Climbing onto Diamond Ridge, a head and trailer popped up over the horizon, Jan Spurkland skied the 38K trail towing his son Fischer.

Third year marathon skier, Michael Mumm of Homer, said this year's course was less extreme because the big snowfall this season filled in the gullies so the steeps were not as steep.

"I don't think the groomers ever had to work so hard to make this course. They have been packing the trail down for a while, and with each snowfall this year they have basically had to start from scratch every time," said Mumm.

The groomers on the Marathon trail were all volunteers. Pete Alexson was the Chief of Course, and other groomers were John Miles, Dave Brann, Mike Byerly, Kevin Walker, Billy Day, David Stetser, Brian Harrison and many others.

The post-race party at Alice's Champagne Palace took time to commemorate the late Doug Schwiesow who was instrumental in developing the first marathon trail. Marie Alexson replicated medals originally made by Schweisow from earlier years' races.

Complete race results