Mt. Marathon

Starting my downhill. Photo Credit: Rob Whitney

Starting my downhill. Photo Credit: Rob Whitney

First time racing Mt Marathon was quite the experience. I earned a start spot into this crazy race through winning one of the uphill only mountain races in Girdwood, AK last August. I have done several mountain races in Alaska, but Mt Marathon on July 4th is in its own category. 

Approaching the final drop before hitting the road into town. Photo Credit: Peak3 Media

Approaching the final drop before hitting the road into town. Photo Credit: Peak3 Media

I had so much fun racing this weekend thanks to the epic course, strong competitors, and amazing crowds in Seward. I can’t explain how amazing it was to run into town with crowds of people lining the street screaming me home to the finish. 30 minutes of climbing a mountain at near max effort and immediately descending 3,000 ft in ten minutes made for a punishing race, but as soon as I hit the bottom of the cliffs and I saw the crowd waiting for me the pain in my legs disappeared! 

Truly epic and now I know why so many runners are hooked on this race!