Anchorage man wins Crow Pass Crossing, despite bear encounter

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man claimed victory in the Crow Pass Crossing backcountry race Saturday, despite an encounter with a bear.

Lars Flora, 22, says he spotted a black bear on the trail, about 100 feet away from him.

Flora says he decided to stay put for about three minutes until another runner caught up with him. Then the two decided to continue the 24-mile race, which is run from Girdwood to Eagle River.

Flora managed to win with a time of 3 hours, 16 minutes, 49 seconds -- the fastest time since 1995.

Nora Tobin finished tops among women with a time of 3 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds -- the fastest women's finish since 1995.

The field of 115 men and women had a wet and wild race through the Chugach Mountains. Race veterans said standing water, snow and mud made the race tougher than normal.



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