2021 Tour of Anchorage 50K Recap
Women’s 50K Skate Podium: Rosie Frankowski 1st, Becca Rorabaugh 2nd, Anna Darnell 3rd
1st Place – Women’s 50K Skate
“Even though Anchorage is our home base, we don’t often get the chance to participate in the Tour of Anchorage since it usually overlaps with racing in Europe or the Lower 48. This year we had the chance to race and Anchorage treated us to a beautiful, sunny day. My favorite part of the race was admiring the gorgeous views of the Chugach mountains on Spencer’s loop, the sunshine through the trees on the chilly Campbell Science Center trails, and then the beauty of the coastal trail and Cook Inlet with the mountains in the distance. The most memorable part of the race for me was the moose encounter in the last 10k of the race, which just added to the Alaskan spirit of the Tour and illustrates how unique and special the Tour of Anchorage is.” – Rosie Frankowski, Tour Of Anchorage Women’s 50K Winner
Men’s 50K Skate Podium: Tyler Kornfield 1st, Thomas O’Harra 2nd, JC Schoonmaker 3rd
1st Place – Men’s 50K Skate
“I love racing these races and I am so fortunate our community was able to put the Tour of Anchorage on again this year! With so many big races cancelled this season, the Tour of Anchorage was incredibly important to our team. To have one last mass start event with a competitive field has allowed me to refocus and find much needed motivation leading into next season.
Since the APU team has so much depth, we had a group of eight of us ski together for the majority of the race. Even with some big pace increases on the Spencer Loop and a few big surges once we got onto the Campbell Creek/Chester Creek trails, we stayed tight in a pack for the majority of the race. Races like these offer so much valuable experience. I am so excited to go into a Summer and Fall leading into the Olympics knowing that with the combination of the four Alaskans who raced the 50k at World Championships and the eight who raced the Tour of Anchorage, that we have one of the best training groups in the World.”
2nd Place – Men’s 50K Skate
“I think the toughest part of the race for me was between Point Woronzof and the finish, because I didn’t go with the break when Logan and Tyler took off. I tried to bridge the gap and found myself hunting them down alone only a few km from the finish.
I really enjoy the tour (in a type-2 fun sort of way) because I like racing all the way through town. I get to race right past the house I grew up in, it’s fun to do point-to-point marathons, and this year was particularly cool with the moose obstacles and the perfect conditions!”
Hannah Halvorsen all smiles post race. This was Hannah’s first 50K race at the Tour of Anchorage.