Ostrander Wins Mount Marathon
July 4, 2017

SEWARD, Alaska – Rising redshirt sophomore Allie Ostrander won the 90th Annual Mount Marathon Race on Saturday afternoon in a time of 49:18, the second-fastest performance in the race’s storied history. A six-time Mount Marathon junior division champion from 2009-14, Ostrander beat out Morgan Arritola (51:08) – the U.S. Mountain Running national champion in 2013 and 2015 – to capture her first-career women’s division title. 

Mount Marathon is a three-mile race that features a 3,022 feet climb in elevation where competitors scale a mountain until they reach the peak, and quickly run back down the mountain where the race ends in downtown Seward. Regarded as one of the most competitive mountain races in the country, Ostrander led almost the entire way and gradually increased her lead throughout the race.

“It was obviously a brutal race,” Ostrander told Alaska’s KTVA 11 after the race. “Mount Marathon has a way of testing you that no other race can. I was so dead at the top and I fell four times on the way down because my legs were so dead, but I told myself to get back up and keep going because Mount Marathon is supposed to be hard.”

Ostrander used her speed to bolster a strong start on the road at the beginning of the race and went on to make all of the right decisions in navigating the mountain the most efficient way possible. Mount Marathon is unique in that competitors are free to climb the mountain on whatever trail or path they prefer to take.

Now the 2017 NCAA Steeplechase Champion will turn her attention to training for the upcoming cross country season.

“I’m just going to move into training for cross country and in a couple days I’m going to Juneau to be a camp counselor for a running camp there. So it’s going to be a relaxed rest of the summer with no more races on my schedule.”

Stay tuned for the official announcement on the 2017 Boise State cross country schedule in the coming weeks.

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