Cook Inlet Academy graduate Lars Arneson has raced at Tsalteshi Trails countless times, but rarely on a bike. On Saturday, Arneson ran and biked to victory at the Tsalteshi Solstice Duathlon. He finished the five-kilometer run and 10-kilometer mountain bike in 42 minutes, 9 seconds.
"I know the trails really good from skiing," Arneson said. "But to just jump out there on the bike is a little different."
Eric Willets finished in second place with a time of 46:24 and Dante Petri took third, finishing in 46:57. Petri was in eighth place after his run, but he passed five competitors during the bike portion. Petri's 10-kilometer bike leg of 24:06 -- the second fastest of the day -- was just 1:15 slower than his five-kilometer run time.
Willets, who was in fourth as he changed over to his bike, raced past two competitors with a 25-minute bike split.
Edie MacPhail won the women's race with a time of 57:01. Alice Anderson came in 7:34 later, finishing second.
"This is the first race I've ever won," MacPhail said. "I'm very excited."
MacPhail led the entire race.
"I really didn't see any other girls," she said.
Both MacPhail and Arneson said the biking portion was the most difficult part of the race.
"The hills were much bigger," MacPhail said.
Arneson said his calves began to cramp as he neared the end of the race.
Arneson had the fastest splits. He finished his run in just under 19 minutes and his bike in just over 23 minutes.
"I was feeling good, so I went for it," he said. "The run went really well."
As a runner and skier for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Arneson said he uses races like the duathlon to stay in shape for his upcoming collegiate seasons.
MacPhail finished her run in 26:21 and her bike in 30:40.
"It was a fun course," she said.
Fun In The Midnight Sun race held in Nikiski
The Fun In The Midnight Sun race was held on Saturday in Nikiski.
Michael Stangel won the men's three-mile race, finishing with a time of 22:33. Dan Carstens was second at 24:00, while Nathan Carstens was third at 24:41.
In the women's three-mile race, Lori Manion came in first with a time of 23:26. Bethany Carstens was second at 26:24, while Kali Rutka came in third at 28:33.
In the five-mile race, Keith MacPhail was the men's winner with a time of 31:31, while Michael Stangel was second at 35:33 and Adam Parrish was third at 38:36.
The women's winner was Satorene Jackson at 38:37. Shannon Bird was second at 49:40, while Debbie Carstens was third at 49:49.
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