Mountain runners

Alyse Lincoln, 2023 Mt. Marathon race finisher looking great as she runs down the final stretch.

Congratulations to Alyse Lincoln of Toksook Bay/Bethel who recently competed in the 95th Mt. Marathon Race in Seward, AK on the 4th of July. She is our (Greg and Kelly Lincoln’s) daughter and sister to Krystle and Mack Lincoln. Good job Allie!

Independence Day fans crowded the streets from the starting chute to the base of the mountain and beyond, cheering for the runners as they raced up and down the mountain. Allie completed the grueling uphill/downhill course in 2 hours, 8 mins. This was her fourth race to the top, she also has race experience as a junior (age 11-17) with her sibs.

The race starts in downtown Seward, heads up the road to the base of Mt. Marathon, and then uphill for 3,022 feet through tree roots, mud, bushes, snow, cliffs, and rocks. The turnaround point is at the top, then racers climb down the mountain and back to downtown Seward to finish to the roaring delight of the crowd. The approximate distance is 3.1 miles of extreme endurance racing. The race course this year was extremely slippery and muddy and wet from all the rain.

“You could see where people had been sliding in the mud,” said Allie and noted that the hardest part was the cliff towards the top on the way up. She said that she loves all the volunteers for their hard work keeping all the runners safe and the cheers from the crowd.

The ladies race took place after the Juniors, then it was the men’s turn.

Notably this year was my 20th year of Mt. Marathon racing. Finishing time was 1 hour, 50 minutes. Thank you Lord for two decades of running this race! Also thank you to Dave and Bes Norcross and family for giving us a place to stay and feeding us throughout all these years, quyana! We will plan on being there again next year.