Eleven days, 18 hours and two minutes. That’s all it took for Juneau’s Janice Sheufelt to claim another title in the Race Across America ultra-marathon cycling event.
Sheufelt won first place in the solo female under 50 division in the race from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md., crossing the finish line at 9:43 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday.
Five other solo women cyclists started the race this year. Three did not finish and two were still on the course on Sunday.
Last year, Sheufelt and a partner set the record for fastest time in the event’s 50-59 year-old mixed gender category. She was 46 at the time, but competed in the older age division because the Race Across America uses each team’s average age.
Sheufelt is a family physician and medical director of the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, part of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. She began participating in ultra-marathon cycling events three years ago.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.