Area runners tackle Mount Marathon

  • John Chapple III runs up Jefferson Street toward the base of the mountain in his first Mount Marathon race. -Photo by Stephanie Pitzman
  • Three generations of Chapple family runners pose in their official finisher shirts. From left are Jennifer Chapple Waltenbaugh, Megan Pitzman, John Chapple III, Ethan Pitzman and Elysha Chapple. -Photo by Stephanie Pitzman
  • Homer women runners pose at the finish line. From left tare Brenna Evarts, Fran Evarts, Jennifer Chapple Waltenbaugh, Saundra Hudson, Elysha Chapple and Emilie Springer.-Photo by Stephanie Pitzman
  • Homer youth pose at the finish line. From left are Ethan Pitzman, Megan Pitzman, Lauren Evarts, Brenna McCarron and Ali McCarron.-Photo by Stephanie Pitzman

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.

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