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Each 4th of July the City Seward, Alaska has the Mount Marathon race. The first race was run in 1915. The age of races for men and women are typically 18-69 years old. The oldest known male racer was 82 and the oldest woman runner was 77 years old.

The men’s winner was David Norris with a time of 41.26. Norris set a course record in his first debut up the mountain. Nick Elson was second and Eric Strabel was third.

Most of my images are of people watching the races, not the runners. I want people from around the world to see what typical Alaskans looks like. Seward is one wild time on the fourth of July. The community has good restaurants, food booths, bars, fireworks, camping, fishing, hiking, boating and Exit Glacier to visit. If traveling to Seward on the fourth make motel reservations at least 9 months ahead.

I used my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 zoom lens with a Nikon D600 camera. Most of my images were shot using a f/4 aperture to minimize depth of field to keep backgrounds blurred. I used a monopod to secure sharp images. I will remove any photo upon request at bartz@englishoephotography.com or 907-240-1025.