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Seward Runner Mariah Butters wins Mount Marathon Race Logo Contest

Seward, AK—Mariah Butters knew Seward was home when she finished her first Mount Marathon Race in 2015. Now a seasoned competitor, she is honored to have her design chosen from more than a dozen entries in the 2018 logo design contest.

“I wanted to incorporate the ocean and the mountain into a simple design that feels like Seward to me…the arrow for the route down the mountain marks my favorite part of the race,” described Butters.

Calling on her professional experience as a graphic designer, Butters used the logo contest to brush up on her skills and create a simple visual identity for the race, easily transferable between different mediums and color backgrounds.

She moved to Seward from landlocked Colorado in 2014, compelled by her husband who thought she’d enjoy the combination of mountains and ocean. Watching her first Mount Marathon Race, Butters immediately knew she wanted to be a part of it. She won a lottery spot in 2015 and was introduced to the tight-knit community of Mount Marathon racers.

“I met so many strong women by training for the race…and by being on the mountain. I fell in love with the town and the people. The first year I ran the race, my husband met me at the finish line with tears in his eyes. He knew I had found my home,” she remembered.

Butters is running her fourth Mount Marathon Race in 2018 and is training hard to earn a personal record. With her year-round regimen at Lost Lake Trail—she can run to the cabin in 32 minutes—in addition to her training on the mountain, she hopes to earn a time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

“I love how this race brings the world to our little town and brings everyone here together. The energy this race generates in this town is just phenomenal,” said Butters.

The winning design will be featured on racer and volunteer t-shirts, and race patches, securing Butters’ place in Mount Marathon Race history.


The Mount Marathon Race is regarded as one of the hardest short-distance mountain races in the world. The grueling course climbs 3,022 feet above sea level, and has an average grade of 34 degrees. At its steepest, the 3.1 mile (5K) course is 60 degrees. In 2017, Outside Magazine declared, “Mount Marathon is the Toughest 5K on the Planet.

The first organized race was held in 1915, making it among the oldest footraces in the country.

This year, approximately 1,000 runners from around the world will power over treacherous terrain and (at times) extreme weather conditions while witnessing spectacular views of Resurrection Bay and historic downtown Seward.

The overall race record belongs to Alaskan David Norris, with a time of 41:26 (2016). Swedish mountain athlete Emelie Forsberg holds the women’s record with a time of 47:48 (2015). A full list of race champions and historical data can be found on the race website.

The Mount Marathon Race is organized by the Seward Chamber of Commerce, a voluntary partnership of business leaders working together to make Seward a better place to live, work, and play. The 91st running of the Mount Marathon Race is made possible by support from Advanced Physical Therapy and all of our generous event partners.

2018 Mount Marathon Logo by Mariah Butters



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