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Letter: Keep Mount Marathon in the raw

I’ve run the Mount Marathon Race since 1997. I’m currently training for my 12th race. Granted, I’m a back-of-the-pack kind of girl. But I’m so upset about the defacement of the cliff base of the mountain. Someone has installed handles and even a rail system to assist with the ascent to the start of the trail. Perhaps for safety? Really? Talk about performance enhancement? I hope these are removed before the start on July 4. These aids diminish the spirit of the race.

— Sherry Trumpower

Anchorage