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
The 350 women racing Mount Marathon today will experience something new to almost all of them. They will pass seven-time and reigning champion Cedar Bourgeois on their way up the 3,022-foot mountain in Seward.
After a trip to Seward late last week to check out conditions on Mount Marathon -- the famous peak that is the Mount Olympus of Alaska, the place where our toughest and studliest athletes achieve almost godlike status -- race legend Bill Spencer pronounced the mountain fit for Monday's 84th edition of the race. Beth Bragg