Pink shorts and persistence fuel Moore's 50-year Mount Marathon streak

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - For the past 49 years, Fred Moore has competed in Mount Marathon, and the 2019 race will mark his 50th consecutive race.

“It’s just something I do,” said Moore. “That’s where I have to be on the Fourth of July.”

The retired Seward carpenter says it all started as a way to keep in shape for goat hunting season.

“Well it was early June 1970, I just found myself out at work,” said Moore. “I decided there was a mountain right there, so I went for a climb that afternoon.”

It’s been history in the making for Moore. Since 1970, the 79-year-old currently holds the record for the most consecutive race finishes at 49.

Over his lifetime of races, Moore’s had the support of his family on the sidelines. With no way to keep track of Moore during the race, his wife Phyllis Shoemaker bought him pink shorts.

“Now whenever I see a pair (of pink shorts) I think he would like, I will get them for him,” said Shoemaker. “It was never really a joke, it’s just what he wore.”

Shoemaker said the pink shorts would always end up at the finish line clean, and started to take on a life of their own. But Moore's Mount Marathon career hasn’t always been easy, battling injuries, and long hours on the job to maintain his running career.

“There were some years when I would be working six-tens year-round,” said Moore. “Those were really hard years.”

Race organizers are encouraging all the runners in this year Mount Marathon to wear pink shorts to celebrate Moore's potential 50th consecutive finish.

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