• Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Runners take off from the start line in downtown Seward in the 2011 Mount Marathon men’s race on July 4, 2011.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Holly Brooks, front, reaches the turnaround point with Kikkan Randall close behind. Women climbed to the 3,022-foot high point and back to the streets of Seward in the 2011 Mount Marathon race on July 4, 2011.
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  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2006: William Andariase, 13, of Anchorage, tumbles down the scree slope after begining his descent from the turn-around in the junior race of Mount Marathon. He rose to his feet and continued down the slope.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2007: Karolyn Knuepple reaches the summit of Mount Marathon during the women’s race.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2007: A women’s Mount Marathon racer climbs toward the summit of the course.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Racers slide in the snow near the peak of the Mount Marathon race. About 350 participants in the Mount Marathon women’s event raced to the 3,022-foot high point and back down to the streets of Seward, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Gabe Esposito follows another junior competitior through the brush on the Mount Marathon course.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Competitors in the women’s Mount Marathon race hike the highest portion of the race course which reaches 3,022-feet over Seward, Alaska.

  • 2005: A stream of competitors heads up Mount Marathon during the women's race.
  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2002: Wendy Leseman leads a group of runners down the gully toward the base of Mount Marathon.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Todd Lowery approaches the finish line during the Mount Marathon men’s race in Seward on July 4, 2010.

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    Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
    At the finish line of the Mount Marathon men’s race, Ryan Lewis proposes to Erika Dirks. She said yes. The couple met in school at the University of Idaho.
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  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2006: Amber Sheffield-Burke leads a group of women’s Mount Marathon racers from the turnaround back down the mountain.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2007: A women’s racer heads under a snow bridge that formed over the creek on the lower part of Mount Marathon.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Trond Flagstad hits the finish line in first place during the Mount Marathon men’s race in Seward on July 4, 2010.

  • ournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    2003: Darin Markwardt, 22, of Palmer, cools off after crossing the finish line in the Mount Marathon men’s race. He finished in sixth place.