Officials believe rule changes for a July 4 extreme mountain footrace in Alaska should prevent another disappearance.
In 2012, a 65-year-old man literally vanished while ascending 3,022-foot Mount Marathon in a Seward event that dates to 1915. Despite several searches, 11 months later there is still no trace of the man, who was competing for the first time. Bruises and cuts are common among Mount Marathon runners, but never before had anyone died or flat-out disappeared. Read the AP story that appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard.
Washington has its own extreme mountain footrace, the Cascade Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run. Last August, 98 “ultra-marathoners” completed the run, a clockwise loop that starts in Easton. The course ascends the Cascades, intercepts the Pacific Crest Trail, and covers 100 up-and-down miles in the Snoqualmie Pass vicinity, through day and night, before concluding in Easton.
Rod Bien of Bend, Ore., set the course record of 18 hours, 27 minutes in 2011. Read about the Cascade Crest Run.