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Spangler spanks the field in tram run

Winning mark is third best all-time finish

Posted: July 6, 2013 - 11:14pm
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Allan Spangler, 26, touches Father Brown's Cross to win the 2013 Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday with a time of 33 minutes and 56 seconds. The course from the tram parking lot to the cross is roughly 3.5 miles long.  KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
Allan Spangler, 26, touches Father Brown's Cross to win the 2013 Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday with a time of 33 minutes and 56 seconds. The course from the tram parking lot to the cross is roughly 3.5 miles long.

A new big gun has appeared on the mountain running scene as Anchorage’s Allan Spangler, 26, notched one of the fastest times on record in the Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday morning.

Spangler hit a time of 33 minutes and 56 seconds, topping second place finisher Riley Moser, a Juneau-Douglas High School junior, by over two minutes.

“The hardest part was the road portion,” Spangler said. “The guys took off kind of fast. I was worried I would burn myself out on the lower portion.”

There was no burnout as Spangler’s time is the third fastest all-time for the 3.5 mile race from the Mount Roberts Tram parking lot to the Father Brown’s Cross, 1800 feet up Mount Roberts.

John Bursell set the race record in 2005 with a time of 31:34, breaking his own 2004 record of 32:12, when he arrived so fast that an Empire reporter clocked the finish as race officials arrived in time to clock the second-place finisher (George Johnson 34:12) and third-place (Eran Hood 34:40). Bursell bested the record set by Dave Pusich in 2003 of 32:30.

Spangler served notice that he may be back to visit his girlfriend in Juneau again.

“I wasn’t really thinking about a record,” Spangler said. “To be honest I wasn’t training for this run. I have been training for some runs in Anchorage.”

Spangler, Moser, John Nagel, Gabe Wechter, Scott Forbes, James Toomey and Nolan Strauss broke from the starting line in a sprint, leading the pack up Franklin towards the trail. Moser was on cruise control through the entire race, trying to stick with Spangler on the switchbacks.

“I haven’t been training for any particular race,” Moser said. “Just getting ready for the cross country season. I have been doing various distance runs.”

One of Moser’s runs involved running the Treadwell Trails path out to Eaglecrest and back, with alternate routes thrown in, that totaled 25-miles.

The race started at the lower tram station, followed Franklin and Sixth streets to the Mount Roberts Trailhead. Then runners ascended the steep trail, relatively dry for Juneau standards, past the upper tram station and to the cross.

Top women’s finisher Laura Fox finished in 41:19, good enough for 10th place overall and a few minutes behind Abby Lowell’s top mark of 37:56 set in 2009, and just behind Joann Quigg’s mark of 41:11 set in 2005.

“It just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Fox said. “I am visiting friends in Juneau and I have never been up to the top of Mount Roberts before.”

Fox can now proudly say she has. As can over 48 other competitors in one of the largest fields to date.

Results of Mount Roberts Tram Run, held Saturday on a 3.5-mile course from the Mount Roberts Tramways lower tram station on South Franklin Street to Father Browns cross, located above the upper tram station:

1. Allan Spangler, M, 26, 33:56; 2. Riley Moser, M, 16, 36:21; 3. Gabe Wechter, M, 24, 37:02; 4. Scott Forbes, M, 36, 37:05; 5. John Nagel, M, 52, 37:23; 6. James Toomey, M, 27, 38:43; 7. Nolan Strauss, M, 14, 38:54; 8. Steve Schmitz, M, 52, 39:30; 9. Brandon Maitlin, M, 30, 41:03; 10. Laura Fox, F, 32, 41:19; 11. William Coleman, M, 25, 41:53; 12. Kyle Hebert, M, 46, 42:33; 13. Justin Roelofs, M, 23, 42:49; 14. Hilary Young, F, 29, 42:59; 15. Dan Robinson, M, 46, 43:50; 16. Robert Hopson, M, 50, 44:30; 17. Brian Ewing, M, 53, 44:40; 18. Paul Hackenmueller, M, 30, 44:50; 19. Jason Boyle, M, 36, 45:03; 20. Bob Marshall, M, 65, 45:10; 21. Erik Schlechter, M, 22, 45:28; 22. Melissa Prechtl, F, 26, 46:13; 23. Mark Hopson, M, 48, 46:58; 24. Lindsay Hallnik, F, 26, 47:48; 25. Reed Stoops, M, 64, 48:21; 26. Jerry Buckley, M, 70, 48:52; 27. Bill McGoey, M, 43, 49:18; 28. Kathryn Cranor, F, 31, 49:34; 29. Pauline Strong, F, 55, 50:29; 30. Ryan Scheibel, M, 24, 50:40; 31. Jamie Bursell, F, 50, 51:10; 32. Norman Fuller, M, 48, 51:46; 33. Amanda Sesko, F, 30, 51:50; 34. Darla Orbistondo, F, 50, 51:56; 35. Nina Schlinghammer, F, 26, 52:45; 36. Chris Nelson, M, 64, 52:48; 37. Aidan Hopson, M, 11, 54:32; 38. Connor Norman, M, 12, 54:32; 39. Heidi Pearson, F, 37, 55:15; 40. Elle Roelofs, F, 23, 55:15; 41. Glen Haight, M, 44, 55:49; 42. Jeff Grass, M, 42, 56:08; 43. Abbie Harms, F, 27, 56:37; 44. Achley Mason, F, 26, 59:44; 45. Juanita Fuller, F, 50, 1:00:35; 46. Susie Norvell, F, 53, 1:12:02; 47. Debra Cruz, F, 34, 1:15:54; 48. Samantha G, F, 30, 1:16:00; 49. Linda Kruger, F, 62, 1:18:42.

The Best Times for the Mount Roberts Tram Run over the past nine years are: 2012 men - Houston Laws 36:48 and women - Karlynn Welling 46:20. 2011 men - Houston Laws 35:07 and women - Melanie Fairbanks 43:51. 2010 men - Tristan Knutson-Lombardo 35:40 and women - Janeann Twelker 47:05. 2009 -Scott May 40:59 and Abby Lowell 37:56. 2008 - Geoff Roes 32:54 and J. Twelker 44:12. 2007 – G. Roes 35:21 and J. Twelker 41:28. 2006 – S. May 40:59 and Breea Mearig 44:12. 2005 - John Bursell 31:34 and Joann Quigg 41:16. 2004 – J. Bursell 32:12 and Amanda Thompson 42:11.

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