The seventeenth Run for Gold 1-mile race kicked off the Golden Days Parade on Saturday. The race is put on annually by Running Club North, and benefits the Literacy Council of Alaska.

This year’s race, directed by Jim Brader of RCN, saw a diverse field of runners, ranging in age from 1 to 74. The race is popular especially among young runners, with 50 of the 101 finishers being under the age of 18. 

There was a drawing for a gold coin and gold nuggets at the finish of the race, both of which were won by two race finishers.  

The women’s winner was Kiera Irish, with a time of 6:42. This was the third year in a row that Irish has won the Run for Gold race, with this year being her fastest finishing time. Second place went to Ellie Burnett, who had a time of 7:30. Close on Burnett’s heels was Susan Kramer, who took third place with a time of 7:30.7. Kramer has also coached many of the youth who participated in the race.

On the men’s side of the race, first place went to Harrison Riggs with a time of 5:48. This was Riggs’ tenth year running the race, and was also his first time winning it. Trevor Chrzan came in second with a time of 5:55. Third place went to Kevin Patterson-Schiff with time of 6:15. 

Contact News-Miner sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.