Take the Spit Run, chop the 6.2-mile distance in half, stand it on its ear and what do you have? Seward’s annual Mt. Marathon Race, a Fourth of July event that begins in downtown Seward and, for the senior or adult division, ascends to the mountain’s 3,022-foot elevation, where the course pulls a u-turn and returns to town.
In a separate race, younger runners in the junior division get off a bit easier, if there is such a thing. They begin at the same starting line, but only go halfway up the mountain before turning around and heading to the finish.