Mount Marathon winner sets a new race record

SEWARD, AK-History was made yesterday in Seward. A record that stood for 32 years was broken. Eric Strabel of Anchorage set a new record in the 86th Mount Marathon.

Strabel finished the 3.5 mile arduous trek up a down the 3,022 foot mountain in 42 minutes and 55 seconds for his second title in three years. The old record was by Bill Spencer in 43 minutes and 21 seconds. Spencer finished 26 minutes later and congratulated Strabel. Strabel is a former Seawolves skier and is a skiing coach at Alaska Pacific U.

It was a record setting race with four other runners finishing under 45 minutes. Rickey Gates, a rookie out of San Francisco, finished in 43 minutes and 4 seconds for second place and second fastest all-time. The amazing things is that Gates finished with that time despite dislocating his shoulder at the base of the mountain after a fall.

Christy Marvin, a Glenallen high school teacher won the women's title coming in at 53 minutes and 20 seconds. Marvin was the first rookie to win her debut Marathon since 2004.