Michael ‘Mikey’ Connelly of Eagle River, Alaska set a staggering Alyeska Climbathon record Saturday.
The 17 yr-old born and raised mountain runner, logged sub-40-minute lap times to become the first person to complete 13 laps in under 10 hours on Alyeska Resort‘s 2000 vertical foot North Face trail. The win, unofficially timed at 9 hours, 38 minutes was Connelly’s third straight in the event.
Climbathon course connects Hotel Alyeska and Alyeska Tram top station, a sharply pitched ascent meant to be climbed as many times as possible over a 10 hour period. Connelly was among 322 fellow racers grinding out laps at the 12th annual fundraiser.
Organizers of Climbathon said this year’s race was on pace to raise more than $90,000 dollars, of which 75 percent goes to the “Let Every Woman Know” nonprofit and 25 percent goes to the local Girdwood Health Clinic.
Alyeska Climbathon Leaders Board:
- Mikey Connelly, Eagle River, 13 laps
- Ryan Beckett, Anchorage, 12 laps
- Lisa Anglen, Anchorage, 10 laps