FAIRBANKS-We start with the headline event on the Fourth of July in the Interior. The Independence Day Run. The 5K race is in its 29th year and it was at Pioneer Park.
The race route had some twist and turns as runners came around the Carlson Center, the Arco baseball field and Dog Park.
After the first mile Mikko Sayre established himself as the man to catch. Andrew Bishop kept him in sight as did Tommy Dalhill but Sayre keep this one out of reach passing the field on the way back to the finish line.
Sayre, the West Valley cross country product who is now a cyclist for Western Washington University's club team, crossed the finish line in 17:54. Sayre's father Roger won this event last year but took this year off to help Running Club North members put on the race.
Tommy Dalhill, at age 48, made his move on the back end of the 5K to take second in 18:58.
"I was trying to keep the leader in my sights but uh he put a full minute into me in the last mile or so maybe thirty seconds because he was a minute ahead at the finish. It was a good race," Dalhill said.
Bishop was third in 19:23. Fifth overall and the first women to finish the 5K was Melissa Lewis once again in 20:16.
Even with Sayre's impressive win one little fourth grader may have stolen the show. Aniya Mosley is from Chesapeake, Virginia and she finished in the top 15. The Mosleys are stationed in Eielson right now. She said she felt strong running head to head with the adults
"I got into running whenever I was at school and they started this "Girls on the run" program and I asked to sign up and then I figured out that I love to run," Mosley said. "Whenever I saw the finish line over there. I just started sprinting as fast as I can."
Sayre talked about his strategy in winning this year's Fourth of July race.
" I kind of took it out slow I took the first mile about twenty seconds slower than the rest of them I think. Then I kind of picked it up in the back stretch and kind of ran for the rest of it," Sayre said. "I think it's the one best ways to enjoy Independence Day, to get out in the sun and go work out."