Just some minutes into the newest video from professional runner Allie Ostrander, entitled “How I Gained Mount Marathon — Ten Years In The Making,” it’s clear that the Mount Marathon Race is rather more than a race for her.
This Alaskan 5-kilometer race held each Fourth of July partially raised her. It was a household custom that Ostrander joined when she was 1o years outdated. She spent one other 10 years returning to this insanely steep mountain path, profitable each the junior ladies’s title as a youngster, and later the grownup ladies’s title at 20 years outdated.
It’s laborious to think about that many runners might declare the shut, lifelong relationship with a single occasion that Ostrander clearly has with the Mount Marathon Race.
“This race is de facto the foundation of what made me a runner,” she says within the vid. “It additionally modified who I used to be basically.”
For these not within the know, the Mount Marathon Race will not be truly a marathon. The identify stems from the mountain itself, and 5k is clearly far wanting marathon distance.
However as Ostrander makes clear, the race’s grade of incline is 50 % and includes 3,000 toes of elevation achieve. So whereas it’s “solely” a 5k, Ostrander says that finishing this problem undoubtedly looks like a marathon.
Ostrander’s joyful voiceover displays her apparent love for the occasion — and in the end makes this 20-minute video a pleasure to observe.
“[The Mount Marathon Race] was absolutely my Tremendous Bowl,” she says. “It was the someday a 12 months the place I actually acquired to let the aggressive juices circulation, race towards the boys, and it at all times brought on me to rise to my greatest.”
Nonetheless need extra Ostrander? We don’t blame you. Take a look at iRunFar’s Put up-2015 Mount Marathon Race interview with Ostrander.