Kuhns sprints to Homer Spit Run half marathon championship
Homer's Marty Evarts takes third in the men's half marathon standings
Lauren Kuhns made sure at least one Homer resident found their way to the top of the leaderboards on Saturday during the annual Homer Spit Run. The 18-year-old sprinted to the top spot in the women's half-marathon race.
Kuhns actually highlighted a stellar showing by Homer women in the event, leading a sweep of the top three spots in the standings. Tara Schmidt and Ashley Van Hemert finished second and third, respectively, in the half marathon race . Overall, more than 100 runners and walkers participated in the three races held as part of an event sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club.
Kuhns, who competed in the 15-19 age division, became the only local winner by turning in a stellar time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 31.16 seconds over the 10-kilometer course. Schmidt, running in the 25-29 division, finished just over 1 minute later at 1:35:32.15.
Van Hemert finished at 1:43:20.84.
Lora Harroff, Danielle Meyers and Mallory Okuly added to the local domination in the women's race by finishing fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
Overall, Homer residents claimed six of the top 10 spots in the women's standings.
Seth I'Nama almost gave Homer a sweep of the half-marathon races. He sprinted his way to secon in the men's race, finishing less than a minute off the winning pace turned in by Anchorage's Christopher Walker.
A 16-year-old standout at HHS, I'Nama finished the race with a time of 1:34:30.61.
Walker, a 38-year-old running veteran, posted a winning time of 1:33:36.01.
Homer's Marty Evarts was third in the men's half marathon standings at 1:34:56.82.
Anchorage's Jake Moe won the men's 10-K Homer Spit Run race. He legged out a time of 33 minutes and 47.44 seconds to claim the top spot. Boston's Will Guzick took second, while Anchorage's Cody Priest was third. Homer's Jacob Davis, Denver Wachlawski, Bill Rich and Jordan Kuntz checked in fourth through seventh.
In the women's 10-kilometer race, Boston's Laura Hansen claimed the top spot with a run of 39:25.84.
The 10-kilometer race began at Homer High School and ended at Land's End on the Homer Spit. Megan Pitzman was Homer's top finished in the women's race, placing fourth at 46:39.23.
In the Walker's division, Eagle River's Patrick Moore and Anchorage's Audrey Leonetti took the men's and women's honors, respectively. Homer's Brock Barth, a 10-year-old participant, was second in the men's Walking division.