Alaskans Head to Seward for Mount Marathon Race

One of Alaska's main Independence Day events brings thousands of people to Seward for a race up a 3,022-foot peak.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- One of Alaska's main Independence Day events brings thousands of people to Seward for a race up a 3,022-foot peak.

 

The Mount Marathon Race has been a tradition since 1915.

 

There's nothing else like the scramble over rocks and tricky terrain, says Flip Fodager, a race committee member.

 

This year, the race has undergone a few changes since 65-year-old Anchorage runner Michael LeMaitre was reported missing during the 2012 race. Almost a year later, there is still no trace of LeMaitre.

 

For the 2013 event, runners have to sign a statement saying they've completed the race course before. Senior racers also have to get to the halfway point in less than 60 minutes, or they will be disqualified and sent back down the mountain.

 

Foldager says there will be fencing and signs at the top of The Cliffs, the area where authorities say LeMaitre may have gotten disoriented and descended the far side of the mountain.

 

Volunteers will also do sweeps of the mountain looking for runners, and more people will be monitoring the course during the race.