The annual Fourth of July Mount Marathon race kicked off at 9 a.m. Monday in Seward with the junior racers. Although the clouds hung low over the mountain, the rain held off and temperatures stuck in the 60s — the perfect weather for runners.


The men were next on the mountain with the first wave of racers leaving right on the dot and the second wave leaving five minutes later.


Women began their ascent up the mountain at 2:30 p.m. for the final event of the race. They also left in two waves. This was the first year the women got the prime race time.


Adult racers slog up the 3,022-foot mountain and sprint back down to cross the finish line. Top racers can complete the trek in about 40 minutes. Junior racers only climb half of the mountain.


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