ANCHORAGE APU nordic skier David Norris made a tremendous Mount Marathon debut in the 89th annual footrace, setting a new course record in 41 minutes, 26 seconds. His time chops 22 seconds off the previous record set in 2015 by Kilian Jornet, a world class mountain runner.
Norris was the first runner to reach the top of the 3,022 foot peak in 30 minutes, 35 seconds and did not relinquish his lead on the treacherous and technical downhill. He was followed by runner-up Nick Elson in 43 minutes, six seconds.
Rounding out the top five were three-time champion Eric Strabel in 44:19, Scott Patterson in 44:43, and Rickey Gates in 44:46.
In the women's race, Christy Marvin won for the second time in her career, pulling away for a dominating victory in 51 minutes, two seconds. Marvin also won the race in 2013, and in her four Mount Marathon appearances has also finished runner-up and third.
Norwegian rookie Yngvlid Kaspersen took second in 53:22, followed by Seward's own Denali Strabel in 53:40. Najeeby Quinn came in fourth in 54:08.
Competition began in the 89th annual race with the junior division early in the morning. Luke Jager repeated as boys winner in 27:29, 32 seconds faster than Hamish Wolfe. Molly Gellert earned her first girls title in 31:55. Junior runners race halfway up the mountain and back.
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