Mount Marathon

What began as a bar bet is now an Independence Day tradition in Seward, Alaska. Legend has it, two drinkers wondered if they could get to Mount Marathon’s summit and back in one hour (they couldn’t). Now each year hundreds of racers start downtown, run to the base of Mount Marathon, speed-climb to the 3,022-foot peak, bound back down the very steep trail and sprint to the finish. Thousands gather to take in the muddy and bloody spectacle. These photos explore the race over the course of several years.

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