Veteran Mount Marathon runner Clint McCool sums up the July 4 race in Seward as a “dance with the mountain.”
This week on Frontiers, McCool and last year’s champion of the women’s race, Holly Brooks, describe the kind of choreography it takes to cross the finish line first.
They say there are one hundred ways to get up and down the mountain in a given year. The challenge for the runner is to choose the fastest route, and it’s usually experience on the mountain that trumps speed.
Also on Frontiers, KTVA’s Emily Carlson takes a look at the quirky history of the race, which got its start 100 years ago, apparently over a bar bet. Emily also competed in the women’s race for the first time. Out of 290 runners, she was the 164th competitor to cross the finish line, with a time of one hour, 26 minutes and 25 seconds.
She’ll talk about her training and the help she received from McCool to learn to dance with the mountain.