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The Warmup Lap | 7.13.12 - The Terrifying, Deadly Mount Marathon Race

From the Seward City News' Carol Griswold -- via Deadspin -- comes this absolutely terrifying photo of runner Penny Assman, a 34-year-old MEDEVAC helicopter pilot, falling off a cliff during the Mount Marathon Race in Alaska.

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According to her boyfriend, Assman suffered a "Lacerated Liver, Internal Bleeding, Several Broken Ribs, MANY scrapes and bruises (right side), and gash on her forehead." She spent five days in the hospital before being discharged and is hoping to complete the race next year (she was only five minutes from the finish line).

The Mount Marathon is an annual race in Seward, Alaska, held every 4th of July. It's only the distance of a 5k, but it's a brutal climb to the peak -- 3022 feet above sea level -- and then a dangerous dash back down the mountain. And it was especially dangerous this year (beyond Assman's fall) -- there is a runner with possible brain injury and another is feared dead after he went missing.

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