Juneau runner wins Antarctic Marathon

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Juneau's Hiram Henry has finally won the Antarctic Marathon.

Henry, who finished second last year, completed the course -- run entirely on a flat, snow road over an ice sheet near McMurdo Research Station -- in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 48 seconds on Sunday in Antarctica, Saturday in Alaska. Henry and other runners agreed that, although the course was billed as a marathon, it was actually a couple miles short of the traditional 26.2 miles. Nobody is sure exactly how long the course was.

The race drew a record 34 people walking, skiing, running or even biking all or part of the course. The high turnout was partially due to ideal weather conditions, with little wind, plenty of sun and temperatures up to 30 F.

Henry, 26, who ran cross-country at Juneau-Douglas High School, has a reputation as one of the fastest runners on the Antarctic Continent. He's faced some challenges this year though, coming in second in the Scott's Hut Race in mid-January after winning the Obhill Uphill run in early-January.

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