Area runners tackle Mount Marathon
A dozen local runners tackled the epic Fourth of July Mount Marathon race.
Race history was made with Swede Emelie Forsberg, 28, finishing the 3.1-mile race at 47 minutes, 48 seconds, smashing the women’s 1990 record of 50:30 by Nancy Pease. In the men’s race in the afternoon, Forsberg’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Spaniard and mountain-running superstar Kilian Jornet, made an equally triumphant, procession down Fourth Avenue, winning in 41:48 to lower Eric Strabel’s 2013 record of 42:55.
Soldotna’s Allie Ostrander crossed the line in 50:28. Were it not for Forsberg, Ostrander would have matched Bill Spencer’s feat of winning his first senior race in a course-record time the year after aging out of the junior race.