The course for the Granite Tors Trail Run is known for being notoriously difficult while it boasts beautiful scenery throughout the 15-mile event.

Twenty-two participants experienced the course’s difficulty and its beautiful views Saturday during the sixth event in the Running Club North’s Northern Trail Series.

Simon McLoughlin earned the overall title and Christina Turman was the women’s winner in the race which started at 10 a.m. at the Granite Tors trailhead off Mile 40 Chena Hot Springs Road.

Simon McLoughlin completed the course in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds. Jacob Case arrived second at the finish line in 2:32:39 and Ian Patten was third among the men in 2:58:46.

Turman led the women’s field in 2:35:04 and Christi Schmitz trailed closely and came in second among the women a minute later. Eliska Albrigtsen wasn’t far behind, finishing third in the division in 2:37.09.

Turman also placed third overall, while Schmitz was fourth overall and Albrigtsen fifth overall.

Results of the race are listed on the Scoreboard on Page B2.

The seventh and final event in this year’s Northern Trail Series will be the Musk Ox Trail Run on Saturday. The 13.1-mile race takes place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station.

Contact sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.

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