The 90th Mount Marathon race was held on July 4, 2017 in Seward, Alaska. The junior race started early with around 300 participants. Boy and girl racers 17 and under run together. Allie Ostrander crossed the finish line first in 49.19 minutes out of 280 women finishers. Racers use their hands to climb up steep cliffs at the bottom of the mountain and wear groves for protection from sharp rocks. People duck tape their shoes closed or use gaiters to keep pebbles out of their running shoes. Many racers have to crawl up the steepest sections of the trail. Women crossing the finish line are frequently muddy, scraped up and bloody. They wouldn't have it any other way.
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