Locals take on Mt. Marathon
Overcast skies set the tone for the 89th running of the July 4 Mt. Marathon Race in Seward as more than 80 adult runners from Eagle River and Chugiak competed in the grueling contest.
Eagle River’s Hannah Booher, a star in the Juniors race in previous years, ran her first adult division race and came in 36th with a time of 1:05:44. Another young Chugiak runner, Clare Cook, set a quick time of 1:01:23, coming in 15th among the women.
Birchwood teacher Jennifer Frazier, a race veteran, clocked in with a respectable 1:12:50, putting her 13th in her age class (40-49). Frazier is a teacher at Birchwood ABC Elementary.
Eric “Storm” Carl, who had a son running in the Juniors race, made a valiant attempt to finish within an hour, at 1:03:42. Carl is a Fed Ex pilot.
Temperatures were relatively cool and a large snow slide at the top of the mountain allowed runners to pick up a couple of minutes of time—with this year’s race seeing a new course record, (41 minutes, 26 seconds) by Anchorage’s David Norris, a race rookie.
Frank E. Baker is a freelance writer who lives in Eagle River.