Published: June 23rd 2007June 23rd 2007
at the market
furino and jono at the anchorage market
I'm a couple days behind on the blog so here goes.....we bailed on the half marathon on Saturday and ran the 5 miler, which is actually 5.6 miles and I got 5.92 by my Garmin GPS watch. The race was pretty uneventful except for some pretty steep and unexpected hills. One of the marathoners we met had a moose run alongside him for about ten minutes and another bunch ran into a bear - no confrontations, it left peacefully. I couldn't believe the amount of runners who were with the Team In Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There had to be at least a few hundred of them, and in total they raised something like five million dollars - we met two survivors out on the course who were three and eleven year survivors, just amazing. After the run we grabbed some food and headed downtown for some real food. Anchorage has an outdoor market on weekends with a few hundred stalls of local vendors and artisans. Lots of neat stuff, native crafts and a bunch of crazy meats (reindeer sausage is actually pretty tasty) and local foods. I had read that when the salmon are running there's a river
right near a downtown hotel that locals fish from. It's called Ship Creek, and after we bought our rail tickets we headed up to check it out. There were easily fifty fishermen within eyesight and I imagine that carries on for a mile or so up and down the creek. And the salmon aren't even really running yet, though we did see four catches. We found a local microbrew and had some lunch - jono ate this crazy muskox cheesesteak which disgusts me now just thinking of it. We came home and I passed out at 7:30 and was done for the night! We had to get up early to make the train for our tour up into the mountains, more tomorrow!
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