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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:53 pm

FAIRBANKS—The 25th annual George Bloom Memorial Midday Sun Fun Run was truly a family affair.

Bloom’s son, Dave, and two of his grandsons, Sam and Monty, were among the 10 competitors who ran in Saturday’s 6.5-mile race on roads around the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The race is run in honor of George Bloom, a key figure in the running community who died of a heart attack 26 years ago.

The race is run on Bloom’s favorite route starting in the Patty Center parking lot, heading out Sheep Creek Road, up Miller Hill, down Yankovich to Ballaine Road, then back into campus on Farmers Loop before returning to the finish line at the Patty Center parking lot.

Sam Bloom, 14, captured the top spot in the 6.5-mile race in temperatures ranging from 27 to 33 below by finishing in 57 minutes.

Kent Karns and Dave Bloom were the next runners across the finish line, both posting times of 57:24.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Don Kiely in 59:54 and Bob Vitale in 1:01:44.

The other finishers were Paul Allan in 1:02:45, Monty Bloom in 1:04:55, Andy Sterns in 1:11:28, Dennis Hedgecock in 1:13:26; and Ernie Misewicz in 1:18:50.

The next event on the running calendar is the inaugural Dawn to Dusk Run at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Great Hall at UAF.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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