FAIRBANKS — Former Alaska Nanooks rifle All-American Patrik Sartz was the overall winner and was hard-pressed by women’s winner Brooke Lizotte, a Lathrop High School junior, in Saturday’s fifth annual Cache Creek Warm-Up.
The 6.8-mile run followed an out-and-back hilly course on Cache Creek Road off of Murphy Dome Road.
A record 27 runners turned out for the run on a blustery 16-degree morning with chilly wind gusts.
Sartz won the race in 48 minutes, 59 seconds, with Lizotte crossing the line 21 seconds later in 49:20 to win the women’s division and set a course record.
Lizotte eclipsed Lisa Beiatie’s 2009 record of 54:01 set in 2009.
Lizotte’s high school coach, Kevin Brinegar, was third another seven seconds off the pace in 49:27.
Bruce Sackinger (51:09) and Mark Simon (54:10) rounded out the top five finishers.
Dorli McWayne (59:20) and Anna Merrill (1:02:35) were second and third in the women’s division.
Complete results are in today’s Sports Scoreboard on page C2.
The Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association will hold its annual fall meeting from 3-5 p.m. today at the Double Eagle restaurant at Fairbanks Golf Course on Farmers Loop.
The main top of discussion is the schedule of events for the coming season.
The first five people who join the club or renew their membership receive a free appetizer or beverage.
For more information go to www.alaskaskijoring/events.org.
The first general membership meeting for the Alaska Dog Mushers Association is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Mushers Hall on the Jeff Studdert Racegrounds.
The second meeting and draw for starting positions for the first preliminary race of the season will take place on Nov. 27.
Amendments to race rules and procedures need to be read at the first meeting and voted on at the second meeting in order for the change to go into effect for the 2012-13 season.