Mt Marathon, formerly known as Lowell Mountain, holds a marathon every 4th of July in Seward. Eight-hundred people participate in a 3-mile, round-trip foot race that takes them up Mt Marathon's 3022 feet. The ascent is covered in less than a mile. If you look carefully on the left hand side of the mountain you can make out the trail. The fastest recorded time for the race is 43 minutes and 22 seconds. As you might imagine, a crazy race like this started as a barroom bet. Some locals bet the mountain couldn’t be tackled in one hour. That 4th of July in 1915, a small group of local men attempted to win the bet. The winner lost the bet when he crossed the finish line in 62 minutes.
If you just want to hike Mt. Marathon, it will likely take you most of the day. Start at the corner of 1st Avenue and Monroe Street. At the top, you get a postcard-perfect view of Resurrection Bay and the city.