Ostrander retains title in Mount Marathon junior race
Allison Ostrander shattered her own record Friday morning to take first place overall in the Mount Marathon junior division in 28:54. Hailing from Soldotna, the seasoned competitor beat her 2013 record by nearly three minutes and crossed the finish line less than a minute ahead of fellow junior racer Michael Marshall. Marshall, who finished in […]
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Mount Marathon veteran stresses importance of knowing the terrain
It started as a bet between two sailors. Race 3,022 feet to the top of Mount Marathon and back down in an hour. The first attempt in 1908 was a failure. Today, hundreds do whatever it takes to survive the challenge. “We say if you get to the bottom and you’re not bleeding then you […]
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Mount Marathon racers, officials focus on safety
Seward’s Mount Marathon competition is one of the oldest and most challenging foot races in the country. Most years, racers come away with injuries like scrapes and bruises. But two years ago, one man disappeared, and another suffered a serious brain injury. Now, race officials and elite runners alike are working to make sure everyone […]
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For Olympian Holly Brooks, Mount Marathon is everything
On the Fourth of July, the town of Seward will be jammed with thousands of runners, mountain lovers and spectators who gather for the iconic Alaska race: Mount Marathon. This year’s women’s favorite is Olympian Holly Brooks. But the reason why the elite athlete climbs the mountain may surprise you. When you’re an Olympic athlete, […]
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74-year-old Mount Marathon competitor races against time
Every Fourth of July weekend, thousands of people flood into Seward to see a 100-year-old bar bet play out on the town’s most famous mountain. The Mount Marathon Race started back in the early 1900s. Legend says two sailors made a bet that no man could run up and down the mountain in under an […]
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