Our favorite photos from the 2021 Mount Marathon races

After the 2020 event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of runners returned to Seward on July 7 for the 93rd Mount Marathon Race. Sometimes called the “toughest 5K on the planet,” the event — with separate races for men, women and youth — offers runners plenty of suffering on the steep and muddy slopes of the mountain, with the race course topping out at 2,974 feet.

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Loren Holmes

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