Insane Vertical Footrace Is ‘Super Bowl Of Alaska’

Every year on July 4th, in the usually sleepy town of Seward, Alaska, thousands descend, and ascend, along the 3,022-foot slopes of Mt. Marathon for one of the wildest, toughest, most painful – and shortest – mountain races in the world.

In this jaw-dropping recap of the 2015 Mt. Marathon 5K, Salomon athlete Ricky Gates makes good on all the epic tales he’s promised his pro running teammates, Emelie Forsberg and Kilian Jornet.

Beautifully shot, whimsically funny, and visually stunning – this mini-documentary may forever change your definition of tough.

Adam Ruggiero

Adam Ruggiero is the editor-in-chief of GearJunkie and a fan of virtually all sports and activities. From biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming — if it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.