The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Mount Marathon records tumble


Edgar Blatchford | The Seward Phoenix LOG

The top three Mens Mount Marathon Race finishers – from left; Rickey Gates, Kilian Jornet and Jim Shine – about half way up the mountain. Winner Jornet passed Gates just after rounding the crest of the course to go on to set the new mens record.

Two racers, both new to the Mount Marathon Race, set records in this year's race.

The weather was darn near perfect for the 88th running of the race – cool, overcast and little rain – it wasn't too hot and it didn't get too slick from Seward's proverbial rain

Kilian Jornet ran the course a minute and 7 seconds faster than Eric Strabel did in 2013 when he took down Bill Spencer's record that stood for 32 years. Jornet's time was 41 minutes and 48 seconds. Jornet, a 29-year-old mountain racing champion who grew up in the Pyrannes mountains, came to run Mount Marathon at the urging of Rickey Gates who also broke the record in 2013.

Gates took second again this year with a time of 42 minutes and 56 seconds.

Gates was first to the top of the mountain, but Jornet passed him on the downhill run.

Third this year was Jim Shine who finished in 43 minutes and 11 seconds.

Fourth was Eric Strabel, who has three wins, and a record under his belt. His 2015 time was 43 minutes and 26 seconds.


Emilie Forsberg, a mountain racing champion from Sweden, broke the record Nancy Pease set in 1990 by 2 minutes and 43 seconds with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Right behind her was Allie Ostrander of Kenai – in her first women's race, and six junior race wins and the girls record to her credit - with a time of 50 minutes and 28 seconds. She also broke Pease's record of 50 minutes and 30 seconds.

In third place was Christy Marvin, the 2013 winner, with a time of 52 minutes and 59 seconds.


First in the boy's division of the race was Luke Jager with a time of 27 minutes and 39 seconds.

Second was Fintan Nakata in 29 minutes and 3 seconds.

Third was Hamish Wolfe in 29 minutes and 45 seconds.

First in the girl's division was Riana Boonstra with a time of 32 minutes and 38 seconds.

Second was Molly Gellert in 34 minutes and 0 seconds.

Third was Ruby Lindquist in 34 minutes and 12 seconds.


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