Anyone who’s summited Mount Marathon knows: reaching the base, no matter how fast, is an accomplishment.

 

After climbing 3,022 vertical feet, runners descended down through snow, rocks, roots and mud, finally reaching ‘Victory Rock’ at the base of the mountain. Under perfect weather conditions Monday, hundreds of runners completed the grueling feat. Here’s a collection of some of the best victory poses at the base of the mountain.

 

[Related: Watch the full Men’s & Women’s Mt. Marathon Race videos]

 

Nick Elson of Squamish, BC (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Andria Hayes of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Anne Liotta of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

April McAnly of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Brad Benter of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Brandon King of Palmer (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

OUCH! Brandon King didn’t stick the landing, but he brushed it off and headed for the finish line. (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Brenton Knight of Boulder, CO. (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Brian Stoecker, a.k.a. ‘Birdman,’ of Anchorage pays homage to Prince. (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

[Related: The Birdman: The man, the myth, the crowd favorite at Mount Marathon]

 

 

 

Cecelia Reagle of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Craig Taylof of Eagle River & Alex Alonso of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Denali Foldager-Strabel of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Emily Carlson of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Jennifer Frazier of Eagle River (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Jeremy Hinshaw of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Joseph Nyholm (Gumby) of Seward (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Lindy Byerly of Seward (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Luke Rosier of Seward (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Mike Heatwole of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Peter Mamrol of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Rickey Gates of Madison, WI (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Tadhg Nakada of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

 

 

Tiffany Hall of Anchorage (Jason Sear / KTVA)

 

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