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Photos: Mount Marathon men's race

The race was on Saturday afternoon when the top three men summited Mount Marathon in a conga line of sorts -- a "little pain train,'' Alaskan Jim Shine called it -- and began the harrowing, high-speed descent of the steeply-pitched, 3,022-foot peak overlooking Resurrection Bay.

Rickey Gates first rounded the rock that marks the turnaround, with Kilian Jornet on his heels and Shine marking Jornet's heels.

And then Jornet, the Spaniard considered the world's best all-around mountain runner, was gone.