Jornet and Forsberg Win Mount Marathon

New records set at Alaska’s trail running race

Jul 6, 2015
Outside Magazine

Kilian Jornet beat the previous record on the 3,022-foot Mount Marathon by over a minute.    Eli Duke/Flickr

Runners Kilian Jornet of Spain and Emelie Forsberg of Sweden both placed first at Saturday’s Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. Each runner also set a new course record on the 3,022-foot peak.

Forsberg took first in the women’s race with a time of 47 minutes and 48 seconds, breaking Nancy Pease’s 25-year-old record by 2:42. Jornet crossed the finish line in 41:48, taking first in the men’s race. He beat Eric Strabel’s 2013 course record by 67 seconds.

Jornet has a reputation for clocking fast times as a mountain runner and has repeatedly run up peaks in a few hours that take well-prepared mountaineers days to reach. In 2010, he set the speed record for his round-trip climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in 7 hours and 14 minutes.