Kendri Cesar wins the women’s title in the Ben Blackgoat Memorial Race with a time of 57 minutes, 37 seconds, at the bottom of Perseverance Trail on Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Darla Orbistondo)

Kendri Cesar wins the women’s title in the Ben Blackgoat Memorial Race with a time of 57 minutes, 37 seconds, at the bottom of Perseverance Trail on Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Darla Orbistondo)

Marathoner wins his second-consecutive Blackgoat title

About 70 runners partake in Perseverance trail run.

Allan Spangler won his second consecutive Ben Blackgoat Memorial Race title on Saturday at Perseverance Trail.

The 32-year-old Wasilla native crossed the tape in the 7-mile race with the fourth-fastest time in course history, according to online records. Spangler, the Equinox Marathon two-time defending champion, finished in 40 minutes, 41 seconds, over a minute faster than his winning time a year ago (42:08).

Jesse Stringer, a high school track and field coach at Juneau-Douglas: Yadaat.at Kalé, has the all-time course record at 39:37.

Josh Musson (42:21), Zack Bursell (44:00), Riley Moser (44:01) and Seth Rutt (44:54) rounded out the top-five. Kendri Cesar won the women’s title, placing 15th overall with a time of 57:37.

Sadie Tuckwood and Eli Crupi won the short course races. Tuckwood spanned the 4-mile course in 28:19; Crupi covered the 2-mile route in 17:01. Just shy of 70 runners came out in total.

It was the 23rd offering of the popular trail run that memorializes the late Ben Blackgoat, who died in a 1996 running accident on the trail.

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