Heat, just a bit of wildfire smoke, the other runners and of course the mountain itself were the challenges Hannah Lafluer and Max King overcame Thursday in the annual Mount Marathon race in Seward. Lafluer caught and passed two-time champion Christy Marvin on the downhill, while King was determined to better his race of last year, in which he finished second. King held off three-time champ Eric Strabel for the win.
Temperatures Thursday in downtown Seward were in the 70’s, but runners reported that the mountain was much hotter, especially in the trees. Spectators and supporters helped with water and ice for the competitors.
The junior race was cancelled due to air quality numbers that were deemed unhealthy, though about 80 kids decided to run the mountain anyway, much to the delight of spectators.
Complete results can be found here: