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Strabel wins back-to-back Mount Marathons

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:23 PM July 4, 2014
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For the second year in a row, Eric Strabel won the Mount Marathon men’s division.

The Anchorage competitor completed the race in 44:46 — more than a minute before Matias Saari, who finished second with a time of 45:53 after taking fourth place last year.

The race between Strabel and Matthew Novakovich, who finished third, was close until the pair reached the downhill section and Strabel pulled ahead. Novakovich reached the finish line just six seconds behind Saari.

Last year, Strabel shattered the record. This year, he was more than a minute later, thanks to the heat. Runners say it changed their strategy — no one was going for a personal best.

2014 Mount Marathon Men’s Race

  1. Eric Strabel — 44:46
  2. Matias Saari — 45:53
  3. Matthew Novakovich — 45:59
  4. Ricky Gates — 46:49
  5. Jim Shine — 47:12
  6. Wylie Mangelsdorf — 47:30
  7. Benjamin Marvin — 47:51
  8. Allan Spangler — 49:21
  9. Tor Christopherson — 49:35
  10. Ben Ward — 49:58

Click here for complete race results.

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