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Live updates: David Norris wins the men’s Mount Marathon race

Runners prepare for the start of the men's Mount Marathon Race on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in...
Runners prepare for the start of the men's Mount Marathon Race on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Seward, Alaska.(Jeremy Kashatok/Alaska's News Source)
Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 7:37 AM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 1:08 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska’s News Source is bringing you the latest Mount Marathon news as it happens. All live updates will be posted here as updates come in.

July 8 — 1:04 p.m.

Mount Marathon’s oldest racer

85-year-old Chad Resari became the oldest finisher ever of Mount Marathon.

According to race results, Resari finished the race at 2:29:23.

He said after his race that it simply motivated him to stay in shape and be a little healthier.

July 7 — 3:58 p.m.

Mount Marathon men’s race comes to an end

David Norris became a three-time race champion on Wednesday as the men’s Mount Marathon race winner. He finished with a time of 43 minutes, 27 seconds.

Though not as fast as his record-setting time of 2016, this year’s finish earns him a second spot on the list of top 10 fastest times on the men’s race.

July 7 — 2:45 p.m.

Mount Marathon men’s race set to begin

The time is ticking to the start of the men’s race.

July 7 — 12:23 p.m.

Mount Marathon women’s race winner

Seward’s own Hannah Lafleur is the women’s race winner. Her total race time was 51:24.

Seward's Hannah Lafleur celebrates with her first-place trophy after winning the women's Mount...
Seward's Hannah Lafleur celebrates with her first-place trophy after winning the women's Mount Marathon race on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Seward, Alaska.(Tracy Sabo/Alaska's News Source)

She was closely followed by fellow Seward runner Ruby Lindquist and Palmer’s Christy Marvin.

Lafleur, 32, defended her title after winning the race the last time it was run, in 2019. She also set a personal record.

July 7 — 11:44 a.m.

Mount Marathon women’s race almost wrapping up

Watch the end of the women’s race live.

July 7 — 10:40 a.m.

Mount Marathon women’s race set to begin

Thins are gearing up for the women’s race! The first wave is expected to hit the trail at 11 a.m.

July 7 — 9:59 a.m.

Lucy Young wins the girl’s race

Lucy Young from Anchorage reflects on her win of the junior girl’s race at Mount Marathon. This is the first time she ran the race.

Lucy Young was the first to cross the finish line with a total time of 33:55. She was followed by Jayna Boonstra and Rose Conway.

July 7 — 9:50 a.m.

Ali Papillon wins the boy’s race

Ali Papillon from Talkeetna reflects on his win of the junior boy’s race at Mount Marathon.

Ali Papillon was the winner of the boy’s race with a total time of 28:16. He was followed by Coby Marvin and Bayden Menton.

July 7 — 9:10 a.m.

Winners cross finish line

The winners of the Boy’s and Girl’s Junior Race have crossed the finish line.

Ali Papillon was the winner of the boy’s race with a total time of 28:16. He was followed by Coby Marvin and Bayden Menton.

For the girls, Lucy Young was the first to cross the finish line with a total time of 33:55. She was followed by Jayna Boonstra and Rose Conway.

July 7 — 9:01 a.m.

Watch: Junior race comes to an end

The first boys and girls in the junior race have started to cross the finish line!

July 7 — 8:20 a.m.

Watch: Junior race set to begin soon

The 93rd running of Mount Marathon is set to begin with the junior race.

The first wave will start at 8:30 a.m. with the top 30 seeded boys.

July 7 — 7:36 a.m.

93rd running of Mount Marathon set to begin

The 93rd running of Mount Marathon is set to begin with the junior race.

The first wave will start at 8:30 a.m. with the top 30 seeded boys.

Every minute after that a new wave will pass the start line. There will be seven waves in the Junior race.

This is the first time the junior race will be held in two years. In 2020 it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2019 it was canceled due to poor air quality for the wildfires in the area.

In 2018, Michael Connelly won the Junior Boy’s race with a finish time of 26:56. That same year, Kendall Kramer won the junior girl’s race with a finish time of 34:05.

July 7 — 6:11 a.m.

Norris eyes third Mount Marathon victory

Heading into the third Mount Marathon race of his career, David Norris has never lost and will put his perfect record on the line Wednesday in Seward for the 93rd running of the legendary mountain race.

The Alaska Pacific University skier said he’s been motivated to perform after not being selected for the U.S. ski team this spring. The snub came as a surprise after Norris had put together a strong resume of results three top-20 results at the FIS World Skiing Championships.

Read more: David Norris eyes third Mount Marathon victory with extra motivation

July 6 — 5:10 p.m.

Osborne preps for her 30th Mount Marathon

Nancy Osborne started running the Mount Marathon Race when she turned 40 years old. Now, at 70 years old, she is looking to complete her 30th race this year.

“I truly think if you don’t use it you lose it, and God in his mercy has given me good health and I have had some knee surgeries but it hasn’t slowed me down, so I feel good about that,” Osborne said.

She started going up the mountain with friends, then was convinced to give the race a try and now it has become a big part of her life. Every Wednesday and Saturday she makes the trek, and she isn’t just hiking — she is going as fast as she can.

Read more: Nancy Osborne, 70, preparing to run her 30th Mount Marathon

July 4 — 8:50 p.m.

Mount Marathon marks a milestone moment for mountain runners

The 93rd running of Mount Marathon marks a milestone moment for mountain runners in Alaska as the iconic event returns to Seward on Wednesday after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

“It was a big void,” race director Matias Saari said. “I think people really didn’t know what to do with themselves not going to Seward to race.”

This year the Mount Marathon Race will have a different look with smaller crowds, runners being split into waves of fifty leaving every two minutes and no pre-race auction since it was held earlier this summer to avoid indoor gatherings.

Read more: After a year off, Mount Marathon Race returns for 93rd running

Feb. 19 — 5:55 p.m.

The 93rd Mount Marathon Race will operate on July 7 this summer instead of Independence Day

The 93rd Mount Marathon Race will operate on July 7 this summer instead of Independence Day, so race organizers can mitigate risk during a pandemic, according to an announcement from the race Friday.

The move hopes to attract a smaller crowd to the town of Seward.

Last summer Mount Marathon was canceled for the first time since 1942, and for the first time since 1927, the race will not be run on the Fourth of July.

The announcement from the race on Friday said organizers are planning for a race, but cannot guarantee the race will be held. A final decision is expected on June 4 after a review of state, local and national health mandates.

Read more: Mount Marathon Race moved to July 7 due to safety concerns

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