Regarding ADN's coverage of this year's Mount Marathon Race: Perhaps the ADN will consider me just a sports grump, but for me the coverage of the race seemed to be strange or weird sports journalism.
I believe standard sports protocol is to give the large photo and front-page coverage to whomever wins the race. For other Alaskan sports — for example, past Iditarods — perhaps Martin Buser would be ahead at the halfway point but Susan Butcher won the race. She got the large front page picture of her team crossing the finish in first place.
Second- and third-place finishers show great accomplishments, but they did not win the race. Hugs are great, but the defining picture for winner Jessica Yeaton is a picture of her crossing the finish line. That second shows the result of a lot of hard work, self sacrifice and rigorous training.
Perhaps the ADN considers reaching the top of the mountain in record time as epic. It could also be not properly pacing and falling behind the front-runners. For me, sports epic is the 1980 men's Olympic hockey team beating the Soviet team or Tom Brady throwing a touchdown pass in the last seconds of the Super Bowl to win the game.
Maybe in future Mount Marathon races, the racers will have some type of computer chip attachment allowing us to follow their progress on TV, the internet or smart phone. And the next day, we'll see a large front-page picture in the ADN of the winner crossing the finish line.
— Doug Bartko
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