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Photos: 2014 Mount Marathon races in Seward, AK

Allie Ostrander nears the turnaround point of the Junior Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014. Ostrander won the combined boys and girls race, the first time a girl has ever won.
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A racer heads down the mountain in the Junior Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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Briahna Gerlach rounds the top of the Junior Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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A flag atop Mt. Marathon marks the turnaround point for the adult race on July 4, 2014.
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Holly Brooks nears the top of Mount Marathon in Seward on July 4, 2014. Brooks won the women’s race with a time of 52:49.
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Najeeby Quinn at the top of Mt. Marathon on July 4, 2014. Quinn finished third with a time of 56:17.
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Women near the top of Mount Marathon during this year’s race, with Resurrection Bay behind. The 3.5 mile race goes 3,022 feet up the namesake mountain. July 4, 2014
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Women near the top of Mount Marathon during this year’s race, while some that have rounded the top begin their descent. The 3.5 mile race goes 3,022 feet up the namesake mountain. July 4, 2014
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Kristen Lessard leads a group of women down the mountain during the Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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Runners in the women’s Mount Marathon race make their way down the mountain on July 4, 2014.
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Runners in the women’s Mount Marathon race pass by wild geraniums on their way down the mountain. July 4, 2014
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Runners in the women’s Mount Marathon race make their way down the mountain on July 4, 2014.
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Kelley Sefton runs down Mount Marathon on July 4, 2014.
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Rosy Audette, in green, runs down a stream during this year’s Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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Women climb down the cliffs at the base of Mount Marathon during this year’s race on July 4, 2014. The cliffs are a notoriously dangerous, and optional, part of the course.
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Runners in the men’s Mount Marathon race take off from 4th Avenue in downtown Seward on July 4, 2014.
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Seen through a telephoto lens, the steep top of Mount Marathon during the Men’s race on July 4, 2014.
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Eric Strabel won the men’s Mount Marathon race with a time of 44:46. July 4, 2014.
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Matt Novokovitch, the 2012 winner, cools off with a garden hose after the men’s Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014. He finished third this year.
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Karl Mechtenberg collapses into the arms of a volunteer at the finish of this year’s Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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Karl Mechtenberg gets a cool shower after finishing this year’s Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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A runner cools off with the help of some Mount Marathon race fans near the finish of this year’s race. July 4, 2014.
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Two years after a devastating fall during the Mount Marathon race, Matt Kenney returned to the mountain this year and finished. Dozens of supporters joined him for the last leg of the run down 4th Avenue to the finish line. July 4, 2014
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Matt Kenney’s wife Gretchen gives him a kiss after he completed the race on July 4, 2014. In the 2012 race he suffered a devastating fall that left him in a coma.
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Matt Kenney after finishing the Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014.
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Matt Kenney speaks to reporters after finishing the Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2014. During the 2012 race he suffered a devastating fall and was in a coma.
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All three of the traditional Mount Marathon races featured a bit of drama and a lot of sweat and grit. For the first time in the junior race's history, a girl beat out all other competitors to take the overall winner's title. Allie Ostrander passed Michael Marshall on the street portion of the race coming into the finish. Holly Brooks edged out last year's champion Christy Marvin by a couple of seconds. Eric Strabel comfortably won the men's race. Seward, Alaska always celebrates the Fourth of July with the Mount Marathon races at the center of the events.