The Yukon River flows its first 700 miles through one mountain range or another. Around where it passes the town of Circle, though, the mountains run out and for the next 250 miles the river is free to spill itself across the huge basin of the Yukon Flats.Ben Histand
Anchorage runner Eric Strabel, 29, won the men's Mount Marathon race today with a time of 44 minutes and 40 seconds. This is Strabel's 12th Mount Marathon attempt. He previously finished second four times. Kikkan Randall won the women's race.
Allie Ostrander of Soldotna crushed her own record today in the girls junior Mount Marathon. Miles Knotek of Moose Pass, meantime, ran what is believed to be the second-fastest overall time in the junior race history. Beth Bragg
Joy Eastman, mother of eight, including four boys who all ran Mount Marathon as kids, will make her Mount Marathon debut today at age 66. While others will honor Independence Day by waving American flags and wearing various combinations of red, white and blue, Eastman will honor her son by running the race he once ran.Beth Bragg