Lader, Nussbaumer win Santa Claus Half Marathon

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Over 150 runners fought through the record setting rain and completed the Santa Claus Half Marathon at Chena Lakes on Saturday
Taking the women's division in the 13.1 mile race was Melanie Nussbaumer, who finished third in Midnight Sun Run in June.
Nussbaumer clocked in at one hour 31 minutes and 28 seconds for gold.
Pacing the entire course, was Fairbanks running legend Rick Lader.
Lader was the first person to cross the finish line at 1:14.54.

"It is a good feeling because it means that the work I have been doing over the summer is paying off. So I was happy with taking a win of course, anytime you can do that it is a good day, a good feeling," Lader said.
"It [the rain] wasn't so bad the first few miles, by about half way through I was pretty drenched, so that is a lot of extra weight. Going through the flight control project with all that rain we have had, it was up to my shins in spots. The rest of the way back I had to carry all that water weight with me so that was a challenge but at that point it was just kind of 'cruise it in' basically."

There will be two races next weekend, with the Granite Tors trail run and Run Lulu Run, with all proceeds of that race going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.