Matias Competing in The Crow Pass Crossing

While I’ve had success in competition, I strive to be an ambassador for endurance activities by encouraging participation in trail running, mountain running and skiing. To that end, I’m a board member for Alaska Mountain Runners, a co-director of the Crow Pass Crossing and the race director for Mount Marathon and the Tour of Anchorage. 

As much as racing, I relish camaraderie while recreating outdoors — whether training, touring the mountains or socializing at a trailhead parking lot. Hope to see you out there!

 

Career Highlights:

- Wins include the Mount Marathon Race (2009), Equinox Marathon (6x), Matanuska Peak Challenge (4x) and Turnagain Arm Trail Race.

- Marathon PR: 2:39:06 at Seattle, 2009; 50-mile PR: 6:21:48 at Resurrection Pass, 2015.

- Have completed 100 miles running (Superior MN), 100 miles skiing (White Mountains 4x), the Chugach Front Range Linkup (12 peaks over 5,000 feet in 20+ hours) and the Winter Wilderness Ski Classic from McCarthy to the Tok Cutoff (6+ days).

- Author of The Equinox: Alaska's Trailblazing Marathon

- Employment: Formerly a sportswriter, I am now the events coordinator at Healthy Futures, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower Alaska's youth to build the daily habit of physical activity. 

Priscilla Ribic 2011 Worlds

I grew up in Spokane, WA, moving to Anchorage in 2007.  I became interested in lifting weights in high school when I took a weight training class and found out I was stronger than most of the guys in my class….. that was 1990, but didn’t get back with weights until November of 1999 when I decided to give powerlifting a try.  In December of 1999 I joined USA Powerlifting and the endeavor has been amazing.

I was fortunate enough to earn a spot on the US National Team and compete in my first IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) World Championships in 2001.  I have been a member of the US National Team every year since. To-date, I have won a total of 13 IPF World Championships (7 Open class/ 6 Master (over 40 years old)) and have broke over 27 IPF World records (still looking to up them!).  I am also one of the few American’s inducted into the IPF Hall of Fame, the North American Hall of Fame and the USA Powerlifting Women’s Hall of Fame.

I started going to United Physical Therapy in Fall of 2015 when I had some overworked quads and decided to try dry needling.  An amazing therapy treatment, I was hooked and also walked away with a variety of different exercise to keep up on to help with some of my muscle imbalances.   Kelsey and team has kept my body functional as I keep pounding the weight in the gym, getting ready to set some more records in competition.

2016 Upcoming Events

  • NAPF Championships – St Croix, US Virgin Islands – Aug 18

  • IPF Maser World Championships – Tallinn, Estonia – Oct 6

  • IPF Open World Championships – Orlando, FL – Nov 17

Anna Dalton trying out the Alter G

Born and raised in Anchorage, Anna's first foray into competitive running was the Alaska Run for Women. At age 6, she finished the race proudly ahead of the one runner she had to beat: her mom. But after discovering that she had lost -- and likely swallowed -- a tooth during the race, Anna was devastated, worried that the 5-mile race made impossible a visit from the tooth fairy. Luckily, the fairy understood, and Anna’s competitive streak remained strong. 

As a young athlete, Anna found success at Central Middle School, setting 3 City track records that still stand today. At West High School, Anna played soccer, ran cross country and track, and dabbled in nordic skiing. Anna first visited United Physical Therapy as a 16 year-old with a badly sprained ankle. As a senior in high school, she was a part of the Cross country team that won a State Championship, and finished first in the Anchorage City Regional Championships in the 800 Meters. 

Anna ran Division III cross country and track and field at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While taking a break from collegiate running during her junior year, Anna ran her first marathon. Despite minimal training and low expectations, she finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 3:18:31, finishing drenched in a rare rainy Southern California day and with a big smile. She has since cut 27 minutes off her marathon personal record. 

 

 

Running highlights:

Marathons, including: 

 

  • 2015 Boston Marathon: 46th female (2:51:27)

  • 2014 Chicago Marathon(2:56:31)

  • 2013 New York City Marathon: 18th American Woman, 2nd in 20-24 Age Group (2:58:29)

 

 

Half Marathons, including:

 

  • 2015 Portland Shamrock Half: 2nd female (1:22:54)

  • 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon: 2nd female (1:23:46)

  • 2014 Her Tern Half Marathon: 1st place (1:23:19)

 

Winner of various local races: Mayor's Marathon, Mayor's Half Marathon, Big Wild Life Runs Skinny Raven Half Marathon, Her Tern Half Marathon, Shamrock Shuffle, Octoberfest Run for Beans 10k, Zombie Half Marathon, Trent Waldron Glacier Half Marathon, Faster than a Falcon 5k

 

Lars Arneson

Lars Arneson found his niche in the running community--running long routes with miles of vertical gain. He grew up hiking and camping in the Kenai Mountains with his family. After skiing and running for University of Alaska Fairbanks, he set up home base in Anchorage, Alaska for easy access to world class trails.             

 

The local mountain races proved to be the perfect place to meet Anchorage's incredible community of runners and he began spending longer days in the mountains. This led to his introduction to Fastest Known Times (FKTs), which are speed records for given routes. His first FKT was in the Chugach Front Range which traversed the 12 peaks over 5,000 ft. His most recent FKT was at the Grand Canyon where he crossed it twice in under 7 hours to set the new unsupported Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim record. You can find him sporting the United Physical Therapy logo around our local trails and nearby peaks.

Running resume:

 

Fastest Known Time:

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Chugach Front Range Link Up

Eklutna Traverse: Chugach State Park

Bomber Traverse: Talkeetna Mountains

2019 Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix Champion

2019 Champion Crazy Lazy

2019 Turnagain Arm Trail Race

2018 Champion Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile

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