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The Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska, started in 1915 and is held each 4th of July. It is Alaska's iconic mountain race that draws runners from around the world. Scott Patterson (Anchorage) finished first out of 306 men with a time of 44:30 minutes. Runners race up the mountain under arctic sun to an elevation of 3,022 feet then turn around to descend very quickly. The descent is scary when it is raining and rocks are slippery. The race is a grueling climb up steep slopes with impeding cliffs and loose rocks. A large number of runners cross the finish line with bloody scrapes and gouges. If it is raining racers are masked in mud.

I used my Nikon D7000 as my D600 was being repaired. The D7000 sensor does not work well with florescent colors, especially with yellow-greenish tinted running gear. People’s faces ended up with odd looking color casts.

I used my Nikon 24-120mm f/4 to capture these images. I used a monopod to minimize camera shake to capture sharp images. I used an f/4 aperture to keep the range of focus narrow to emphasize people’s faces. I will remove any photography upon request by contacting me at 907-240-1025 or at bartz@englishoephotography.com.
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