Brent Knight, an Olympic hopeful with APU collapsed a block from the finish of the prestigious July 4th weekend mountain race on Mt. Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Knight was winning the race at the time of his collapse. He was taken by ambulance to the nearby Providence Seward Hospital, where he was treated for severe dehydration. Brent’s father, Paul Knight, told the Peninsula Calarion that his son regained consciousness 30 minutes after his initial collapse.
Brent, who raced in his first World Cup this season in Whistler, finishing 28th in the 30km pursuit, is recovering well and doesn’t expect the incident to effect his training.
Read the details about Knight’s collapse in the Peninsula Calarion:
Knight recovering quickly from collapse
Source: Peninsula Calarion
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July 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm
It was ridiculously hot out there. I still have massive deep blood blisters that haven’t begun to heel and still can’t run at all. Funy thing is, they started 100-200 feet from the top, so there was no hope from the beginning.
The Channel 2 coverage is the best:
July 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm
The mountain races in Alaska are dominated by familiar nordic skier names. APU Coach Holly Brooks also collapsed while in first place about 1/2 mile from the end. She was kicking and screaming to finish the race to hold her start spot while on her second liter of IV fluid.
Other skiers of note that are listed in this year’s Mount Marathon results are:
2) Eric Strabel – APU Coach
4) Trond Flagstad – UAA Coach
11) Mark Brady
14) Tor Christopherson
15) Patrick Stinson
Former USST members, Bill Spencer and Todd Boostra also won the race, and former UAA standout Toby Schwoerer has been a winner. Spencer’s 43 minute record from 1981 still stands.