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Anchorage Mayor's Marathon

Two weeks ago I checked off my tenth state by running the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon. My in-laws live in Alaska, so it wasn't my first trip up there, but it was my first time racing! This is one of the most popular marathons in the state, and has a reputation for seeing wildlife along the course (moose and even bears!), so I was pretty excited about it. Plus, with our temperatures at home starting to creep into the low 100's, I was really looking forward to running in some cooler weather!

The race was on Saturday, so we headed up there Thursday evening, getting in around midnight on the summer solstice - where it was still very much light outside! On Friday, we headed to the race expo to pick up my bib, and then spent the day with family - including my cousin-in-law and his wife, Shella, who was also running the marathon the next day!

I was up at 5:30 on Saturday morning to leisurely get ready for the 7:30am start. We left around 6:30 but since it was pretty cool out (hig…

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