Naomi Figley crosses the finish line of the Juneau Marathon and Half Marathon with her stepsons Audria and Andrew Watkins, 8, at Savikko Park on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The running event attracted over 200 runners, the vast majority of which were half marathoners. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Naomi Figley crosses the finish line of the Juneau Marathon and Half Marathon with her stepsons Audria and Andrew Watkins, 8, at Savikko Park on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The running event attracted over 200 runners, the vast majority of which were half marathoners. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

From revelers, to out-of-towners, to those in recovery, Juneau Marathon draws diverse crowd

Spangler, Smith take marathon crowns

Allan Spangler showed no signs of fatigue in the Juneau Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday in Douglas.

Spangler, who won the grueling Juneau Ridge Race last weekend, claimed the marathon title with a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 32 seconds. Second place went to Daniel Ray (3:10:08) and third place went to Grant Werthman (3:14:51). Sadie Smith, 40, won the women’s race in 3:33:15.

“This is a good marathon, it’s so hilly,” said Spangler, a past winner of the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks. “You’re just constantly going up or down. Nothing too crazy huge, but it just never stops which is kind of nice because I’ve been running on the trails so much which tends to be hillier. If you’re running something really flat, that can be really painful as well.”

In the half marathon, Matthew Morse won the men’s race in 1:14:49, and Katie Krehlik won the women’s race in 1:40:15.

For Krehlik and so many others who braved the 26.2- and 13.1-mile races, the event was about so much more than just running. She flew in from Anchorage to celebrate Buck’s 36th birthday, and the two decided ahead of time to squeeze in a half marathon while they’re in town. Krehlik wanted to help her older sister set a new personal record, so purposely slowed down and ran with her the entire time, while keeping her entertained with “a bunch of facts.”

“She got a four-minute PR,” Krehlik said with a big smile. “She’s amazing.”

Arriving later on in Savikko Park was Rick Carter and Naomi Figley. The half marathon for them represented the advancement toward personal goals.

Carter, who finished 30th overall and second in the men’s 60-and-over division, has run close to 50 half marathons. The Wisconsin resident wants to run a half marathon in all 50 states, and now is down to just eight states.

“It’s gorgeous,” Carter said of Alaska.

Crossing the finish line 40 minutes later was Figley, who was joined by stepsons Audria and Andrew Watkins as she conquered her first-ever half marathon. Figley wore a black T-shirt bearing the message, “This Is What Recovery Looks Like.” Figley said running has helped her in her recovery from substance use, and her eventual goal is to complete a full marathon.

“It’s a way to process stress and difficult emotions and a healthier way for me to get out any kind of challenging feelings so that substances don’t have to be the option,” she said.

Over 230 runners came out for the two races, which traveled along the Douglas and North Douglas highways. The marathon began at 8 a.m. and the half marathon began at 9 a.m.

For full marathon results, head to jtrr.org/event/2019/race/628/results/1198. For full half marathon results, head to jtrr.org/event/2019/race/628/results/1199.

More in Sports

A total of 145 boys from 10 Southeast Alaska high schools dash out from the starting line at the Capital City Invite at A Káx Yaa Andagan Yé (Sandy Beach) on Saturday morning. The 5K race for boys’ and girls’ teams was the region’s largest cross-country race of the season, and final regular season competition before the regional championship in Sitka this weekend. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Many merry after massive muddy meet

Juneau’s cross-country runners and coaches in sunny spirits about chances going into championships

TMHS’ Ashlyn Gates and JDHS’ Mila Hargrave both reach for the ball during the second set of a cross-town volleyball match held at JDHS on Friday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
TMHS wins two cross-town matches

TMHS wins two cross-town matches

A Lucas White (21) block buys Jarrell Williams (1) more room to work during a 49-32 win against Service High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Juneau cooks up a conference title

Huskies are back-to-back Cook Inlet Conference champs after lopsided win.

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
From left to right, Liz Perry, president and CEO of Travel Juneau; SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium project manager Sierra Gadaire; High Cadence Triathlon team coach Jamie Bursell; and City and Borough of Juneau Finance Director Jeff Rogers met at Juneau Moose Family Center on Thursday afternoon to share a recap of the Ironman Alaska to a full crowd of members of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce who joined in at the luncheon.
2023 vision: Officials look at the future of Ironman Alaska

They reviewed what went well and what could change for next time.

Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire
Two-time national champion and Olympic bronze medalist Gracie Gold talks with the Juneau Empire ahead of her upcoming free speech at Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
Olympian takes time to talk mental health

Bronze medalist, 2-time champ to speak Saturday.

Jarrell Williams (1) and Thomas Baxter (84) celebrate a big play on defense early in Juneau's win over the visiting West Valley Rams. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Huskies get the Rams’ goat under Friday night lights

Juneau remains undefeated on the season.

FILE - Lance Mackey sits with his lead dogs Larry, right, and Maple after crossing the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 18, 2009, in Nome, Alaska, to win his third Iditarod in a row. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner and one of mushing’s most colorful and accomplished champions who also suffered from health and drug issues, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, his father and kennel announced on Facebook. He was 52. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Cancer claims 4-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey

Officials with the world’s most famous sled dog race said Iditarod Nation was in mourning.

The Huskies on Friday improved their record to 4-0 with all wins coming within the Cook Inlet Conference. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Huskies run wild in win over Colony

337 yards for Jamal Johnson.