ANCHORAGE – A pair of former Alaska Anchorage runners made history Saturday in the 46th annual Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half-Marathon, presented by ConocoPhillips Alaska, as Paul Rottich won his fourth marathon title in five years and Caroline Kurgat smashed the women’s half-marathon course record.
Run under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 50s, Rottich claimed the men’s title in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 19 seconds, topping Chicago resident Joshua Herzberg by more than 21 minutes. After losing to his brother, David Kiplagat, by one second last season, Rottich tied Kiplagat (2011, 2013, 2014, 2018) as just the second four-time winner in the event’s history. Both brothers are former Seawolf runners, with Kiplagat earning three All-America honors from 2005-09.
The women’s marathon title went to former UAA skier and current assistant Nordic coach Marine Dusser, whose time of 3:05:49 edged Megan Youngren of Soldotna by 22 seconds.
Meanwhile, after recently completing her eligibility with her sixth and seventh career national titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Kurgat claimed both the women’s and overall half-marathon titles in 1:13:51, shaving nearly five minutes off the former women’s course record of 1:18.41. Kurgat – who earned a $1,000 bonus for her course record – finished one step ahead of current Seawolf distance standout Felix Kemboi.
In the 5-kilometer race, Anchorage’s John Mushett finished in 16:30 to claim the title by 17 seconds over Chugiak’s Max Hartke. Former Seawolf Hallidie (Wilt) Phillips finished sixth overall and repeated as the women’s winner in 18:06.
Saturday’s races were organized by the UAA Athletic Department for the 19th straight year and featured participants from 48 states and 14 countries.