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Photos: Mount Marathon Race 2013

Defending champion Matt Novakovich, in white hat, takes off from the starting line with this year's champion Eric Strabel to the right of him. Strabel broke Bill Spencer's 32-year-old race record during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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The first wave of men take off during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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With days of rain soaking the mountain, the junior racers had a slippery, muddy trail up the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Rookie Christy Marvin makes her way to the top of the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Marvin ended up winning the race. July 4, 2013
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Women make their way to the top of the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Ellyn Brown, 60, rounds the flag atop the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Junior racers run down the scree field during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Women make their way down the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Downtown is behind them. July 4, 2013
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Earl and Sandy McElroy, visiting from Arkansas, spot runners high above town during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Women make their way up the steep slopes near the top of the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Women run down slippery scree during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Autumn Sperry runs down the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Brynn O'Hara runs through alpine flowers on her way down the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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A runner makes her way down the scree fields during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Bonnie Moore makes her way down a waterfall during The 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Eric Strabel jumps down the cliffs at the base of the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Strabel won the men's race, and broke Bill Spencer's 32-year-old record. July 4, 2013
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A runner hams it up for the crowd during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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A runner makes his way past cheering fans during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Joshua Eavis collapses after finishing the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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Eric Strabel, right, is congratulated by Bill Spencer after Strabel broke Spencer's 32-year-old Mt Marathon record. Strabel finished in 42:55. July 4, 2013
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Brian Stoecker, better known as the Birdman, double-fists gatorade and beer after finishing the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. July 4, 2013
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SEWARD -- One of Alaska's most venerated sports records took a tumble on a chilly Thursday afternoon when former University of Alaska skier Eric Strabel shattered a 32-year-old record to win the Mount Marathon race here.

Using a late burst of speed, Strabel finished in 42 minutes, 55 seconds for his second championship, toppling the 1981 record of Olympic skier Bill Spencer.  Spencer's 43:21 time was rarely challenged for more than three decades.  

Then in one memorable afternoon, two men broke it -- with runner-up Ricky Gates, the first racer to the turnaround point, finishing in 43:05.  

Strabel also won the 2011 race in 44:40. He is currently a cross-country skiing coach at Alaska Pacific University. 

Earlier in the day, rookie Christy Marvin demolished the women’s field that was missing Olympians who sometimes dominate.  

Alone on the paved streets approaching the finish line, Marvin clocked a time of 53 minutes, 21 seconds. Alison Barnwell was second in 55:12, with Ann Spencer finishing third in 56:18.

READ MORE: Eric Strabel shatters 32-year-old Mount Marathon record to win again