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Photos: 31st Annual Crow Pass Crossing

Matt Shryock keeps his eyes on the rugged trail 3 miles from the finish of the Crow Pass Crossing, a nearly marathon-length wilderness running race that starts in Girdwood and finishes in Eagle River. The 31st annual race was held on July 26, 2014.
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Matias Saari navigates the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Kenneth Brewer runs the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Christy Marvin navigates the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Adam Jensen hops over a damaged part of the trail during the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Bill Pearson, left, navigates the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Soren Wuerth runs the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Brian Pautzke smiles at the sight of an aid station 4 miles from the finish during the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Guerin Platte runs past the Perch, an outlook four miles from the finish line of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Volunteers point towards snacks and drinks as Lia Slemons arrives at the Perch, an outlook four miles from the finish line of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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A muddy Greer Gehler navigates the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Thomas Nenahlo jumps over a rock during the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Shawn McTaggart runs the last few rugged miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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A runner finishes the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Runners cross soggy ground on boards during the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Chester Gilmore, left, and Chris Dankmeyer run the last few rugged miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Nathan Zeigler runs the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Bob Heinrich runs the last few miles of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Preston Szymanski, age 5, watches runners from inside the stump of a tree while Justin Hone runs the last mile of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Gabby Kern, age 7, left, and Gideon Kern, age 5, climb a tree while they wait for their dad near the finish of the Crow Pass Crossing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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Saturday's Crow Pass Crossing was a race for rookies. 

Along with race rookie Christy Marvin, who won the women's race, two of the top three men’s finishers were also first-timers.

Marvin finished in 3 hours, 26 minutes, 44 seconds — the second-fastest women’s time in the race’s 30-year history. She was just 24 seconds off the course record (3:26:20) set by nine-time champion Nancy Pease in 1990.

Allan Spangler claimed the men’s title in 3:01:44.

Jessica Vetsch finished second among a field of 36 women in 3:49:59. Vetsch shaved 10 minutes off her time from last year where she also took second as a rookie.

Jamie Bronga placed third in 3:52:04 and was the only other woman to break the four-hour mark.

Race rookies Silas Talbot (3:06:50) and Matt Shryock (3:09:26) placed second and third, respectively, in the men’s race. 

Read more: Race rookies shine at Crow Pass Crossing.