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The 93rd running of the Mount Marathon Race has been postponed according to the Mount Marathon Race Committee. The committee says a date for running the race has not been set. A decision to run the race over the Labor Day Weekend will be made no later than June 1. If the race is not run during the Labor Day Weekend, it will most likely not take place at all this year.

Seward Chamber of Commerce activities normally held over the Fourth of July weekend are still on schedule. The Chamber says it will make a decision no later than June 1 to continue planning for the activities or to postpone or cancel them entirely.

Realizing that planning activities have to take place and that racers begin to arrive in Seward well prior to the annual July 4th event, the race committee said it needed to make a decision that was in the best interested of the community and the racers – many of who travel from out of state.

“This postponement, done foremost to protect the public's health, is a great disappointment. However, it is in the best interests of the racers, the City of Seward, and the event’s volunteers, officials, spectators and sponsors. Postponement is necessary given the statewide restrictions on nonessential travel and group gatherings. Also, racers would soon have begun training in Seward in increasingly large numbers,” said a release from the race committee.

The race roster is was announced on April 15 and roster spots will be guaranteed for the 93rd running regardless of when it is held.


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.