Fairbanks residents Paul Wayfield and Libbey Wilhelm were the men's and women's first place finishers in the annual Run for Relief 5K Run/Walk
that started and finished Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Park.
The 40 year old Wayfield completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 43.7 seconds to finished more than a minute ahead of Jacob Parker, who crossed the line in 21:47.0.
"Wonderful day weatherwise and a great day to run,"said Wayfield. "I got off to a good start, and it just went from there. It was nice to show the young guys how its done for a change."
Rounding out the top five men were Christopher Allen in 22:14.8, Jackson Menke in 22:40.2 and Victor Padilla in 23:26.4.
Wilhelm posted a time of 24:12.0 to claim the women’s title, just 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Heather Craig in 24:32.7.
"I set a good pace," said Wilhelm. "And once I got out of the slushy snow, it was just a matter of picking people off from there."
Kayla Clark finished third in 24:36.3, followed by Annie Sartz in 26:20.9 and Andrea Hvizdzak in 27:35.2.
The annual race acts as a fundraiser set at aiding oppressed individuals in Burma.
"Wonderful cause," says Wilhelm.