Groves, Burger, Frick team up for a victory

Posted: Monday, August 23, 2004

Juneau runners Debbie Groves, Susie Burger and Glenn Frick teamed up to win Saturday's Nifty Fifty Relay.

The race, back after a one-year hiatus and on a revised course, covered about 50 kilometers (31 miles) in three legs from near the end of Glacier Highway to the Montana Creek Trailhead.

The legs are about 10-11 miles each. The first is primarily on the road, the second is a road-trail mix in and around Eagle Beach State Recreation Area and the third is all off-road, along the Windfall Lake and Montana Creek trails.

Groves, Burger and Frick were in fourth place entering the final leg, but Frick - whose familiarity with those trails led to success in the early-season Windfall Lake Trail Run - turned in the fastest time on the third segment to give his team the win in a combined time of 4 hours, 8 minutes, 32 seconds. Brian Goettler, Bob Marshall and Steve Davis were second in 4:11:34, followed by Andy Grossman, Jerry Buckley and Keith Levy in 4:20:32.

Florida runner Phil Little finished last - but he ran all three legs. Little, 61, has completed a marathon in all 50 states - so now he is traveling the country to do ultra-marathons in every state.

A total of 10 teams participated. Complete results can be found on the Scoreboard on Page B4.

For many of the 31 racers, Saturday's event was a tuneup for next month's Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, an annual 10-stage, 110-mile run from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. This year's race will start in Skagway on Friday evening, Sept. 10, and finish in Whitehorse on Saturday, Sept. 11.

There is no local running race scheduled for this weekend. The Beat the Odds Women's Race Against Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Run/Walk will be held on Sept. 4, with the Klondike Road Relay the following weekend.

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