Locals take on Mt. Marathon

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 12:18
  • Clare Cook tops the 3,022-foot Mt. Marathon on her way to the summit flag. She finished 15th. Photos by FRANK BAKER for The Star
  • Jubilant race veteran and Birchwood ABC Elementary teacher Jennifer Frazier prepares for the downhill journey.
  • : Hannah Booher takes a drink of water at the summit of Mt. Marathon in her first adult division race. She took 36th in her debut.

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.


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