While I’ve had a fair amount of success in competition — winning events such as Mount Marathon, the Equinox Marathon and the Matanuska Peak Challenge — I also strive to promote and encourage participation in trail and mountain running for youth and adults. To that end, I’m a board member for Alaska Mountain Runners, a co-director of the Pioneer Ridge Climb and coordinator of a guided safety tour on Mount Marathon each June.
As much as racing, I relish the camaraderie of the local running community, whether we’re training, touring the mountains or socializing at a trailhead parking lot. Hope to see you on the trails and in the mountains!
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.
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
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