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Runners yield East Glacier Trail to bears

Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Southeast Alaska Road Runners club's East Glacier Trail Tangle 10-kilometer race course on Saturday had to be altered to accommodate a brown bear with cubs, who claimed the East Glacier Trail as their own.

On Friday night, race directors Steve Parker and John Bursell were scouting the course when they met another runner who had just encountered an aggressive sow brown bear with her two cubs on the upper East Glacier Trail. In order to avoid the bears, the course was run from the Powerline Trailhead at Gladstone St., then along the Trail of Time to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and back. Instead of being a 10K course (6.2 miles), the course alterations meant it had a distance of about 3.8 miles.

Dave Pusich, 38, won the race with a time of 21 minutes, 10 seconds. He was followed by a closely spaced group of Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity runners - freshman Curtis Mangusso, freshman Hunter Brown and junior Justin Jones. Emily Ferry, 25, was the first female finisher with a time of 25:55.

SOUTHEAST ROAD RUNNERS

EAST GLACIER TRAIL TANGLE

Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's East Glacier Trail Tangle race held Saturday near Mendenhall Glacier.

Finishers - 1. Dave Pusich, age 38, M, 21 minutes, 10 seconds; 2. Curtis Mangusso, 14, M, 23:38; 3. Hunter Brown, 14, M, 23:40; 4. Justin Jones, 16, M, 23:42; 5. Zane Clark, 43, M, 24:37; 6. Demian Schane, 33, M, 25:12; 7. Tyler Dann, 26, M, 25:16; 8. Christopher Parrish, 24, M, 25:17; 9. Phil Moritz, 56, M, 25:41; 10. Emily Ferry, 25, Female, 25:55; 11. Nathan Menefee, 24, M, 26:30; 12. Rob Steedle, 51, M, 26:44; 13. Kevin Davin, 15, M, 26:51; 14. Cameron Clark, 11, M, 26:51; 15. Andre Bunton, 11, M, 27:02; 16. Robert Bunton, 30, M, 27:16; 17. Eric Schlechter, 13, M, 27:26; 18. James Beedle, 51, M, 27:42; 19. Janeann Twelker, 51, F, 27:45; 20. Valli Peterson, 27, F, 27:58; 21. James Grammel, 41, M, 28:08; 22. David Lawrence, 54, M, 28:21; 23. John Kern, 50, M, 28:37; 24. Don Beard, 55, M, 28:41; 25. Rick Janik, 30, M, 28:52; 26. Josh Robbins, 29, M, 29:04; 27. Jeff Martin, 40, M, 29:52; 28. Jamie Bursell, 41, F, 30:12; 29. Tim Peltier, 39, M, 30:15; 30. Rachel Tarver, 14, F, 30:42; 31. Sarah Tarver, 11, F, 30:42; 32. Kristine Loveid, 38, F, 34:32; 33. Kathleen Frederich, 52, F, 40:23.



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