Mountain Marathon: Stories from Alaskas Greatest Foot Race

Overview

Beer, bets, and bravado were behind the beginning of America's third oldest footrace in 1909. Stories vary about the original bet, but the one common thread was that the challenge was to run up and down a 2,992-foot mountain in Seward, Alaska, in under one hour. The total race is only a little over three miles, but it is a daunting effort that takes runners up some 60-degree slopes of snow and rocks. The first racers did not beat the one hour mark, but the course record set in ...

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Overview

Beer, bets, and bravado were behind the beginning of America's third oldest footrace in 1909. Stories vary about the original bet, but the one common thread was that the challenge was to run up and down a 2,992-foot mountain in Seward, Alaska, in under one hour. The total race is only a little over three miles, but it is a daunting effort that takes runners up some 60-degree slopes of snow and rocks. The first racers did not beat the one hour mark, but the course record set in 1981 still stands at 43 minutes, 23 seconds.

Mount Marathon offers a fun history of this frontier race from the legend that started it all to interviews with many of those who have taken the challenge since that first running one hundred years ago. Historic and contemporary photos illustrate the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882407715
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The History of Seward and the Mount Marathon Race 1

2 The Early Years of the Race: 1915-1943 7

3 The Race-and the Prize-Grow: 1946-1961 13

4 Race Participation Expands 19

First Women in the Race 20

The 1964 Earthquake 23

5 Record Runners 27

Top Record Setters 27

Age Group Record Holders 63

6 For Love of the Race 73

Mountain Running Families 73

Inspirational Runners 85

Colorful Men of the Mountain 93

Senior Runners 95

Faces Behind the Race 99

7 Race Rules and Annual Winners 109

How to Apply 109

All Time Best Race Finishes 112

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