Information were destroyed this Fourth of July in Seward, Alaska at the 88th edition of the yearly Mount Marathon. In impressive trend 3 runners bested preceding course data, with worldwide operating stars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg claiming the men’s and women’s titles, respectively.
Jornet notched a time of 41:48 on the 5-kilometer course, that climbs and descends approximately 3,000 feet, to get the men’s victory. The Spaniard beat Eric Strabel’s 2013 program record by 67 seconds. Forsberg took very first in the women’s race with a time of 47:48, breaking Nancy Pease’s 25-12 months-previous record by two:42. Forsberg wasn’t the only lady to surpass Pease’s record, with 18-12 months-old substantial college working sensation Allie Ostrander crossing the line in 50:28 to take second spot in her senior class debut. Prior to 2015, Ostrander competed in the junior category of the race and is the only junior lady to claim the overall junior title.
What a race!! The historical past, the wonderful ambiance, the steep uphill and technical downhill helps make this race genuinely particular. #mountmarathon race is a single of THE races. Start off powerful following @rickeygates and Jim Shine on the uphill I push to get the lead on the downhill. Congrats to @tinaemelie for the victory and record and to the youthful and tallented @allie_ostrander for the 2nd place!!! amazing and fantastic to see the identical quantity of men, ladies and junior on this technical race. And see 7 years previous runners sclambing down the cliffs is one thing unique in Alaska!
It came as no surprise that Jornet crossed the line in 1st. Deemed the greatest mountain runner in the planet, he has 6-time Skyrunner Planet Series championships to his title along with countless course data across the globe. Right after his record-breaking performance in Alaska, Jornet remarked to Alaska Dispatch News that the run reminded him of some European races due to the 1000’s of fans that lined the finish.
“That’s crazy,’’ Jornet said to the information organization. “Some races in Europe are like that. Here in the U.S., it’s distinctive.”
Rounding out the podium were Rickey Gates (42:56) and Jim Shine (43:eleven).
On the women’s side, Forsberg stated she was shocked by the win given the strong competitors. The Swede is a three-time Skyrunner Globe Series champion.
“I’m super amazed and so, so content,” Forsberg explained to Alaska Dispatch Information. “I had a really excellent day.”
Pushing up and smiling down! Had very good company with Alaskan’s Allie Ostrander, she is a young gun that’s for sure! Final yr she won the juniors race. Overall!
In 2nd, Ostrander said to Alaska Dispatch News that even though she was please with her senior debut she nonetheless hoped to claim the record time in the future. “I kinda want the record was mine but I have a whole lot much more years in me,” Ostrander stated. “Some men and women are racing at 70 so I’ve received, oh, 50 much more shots at it.”
The final woman on the podium was Chrissy Marvin (52:28).
Missing from the women’s race was two-time Mount Marathon champion Holly Brooks, who made a decision to sit out the race in buy to rest after the prolonged 2014/2015 FIS Marathon ski season.
2015 Mount Marathon Results