If anyone out there has a good GPS track of the 2013 Equinox Marathon course or Ultramarathon course, we could make use of it. If you would be willing to send us a copy of your track, please go to www.equinoxmarathon.org, click on “More” in the top menu, then click on “Contact Us” in the drop-down, then click on the “John Estle” link and send an e-mail. We will get back to you with instructions on how we would like it sent.
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GPS Tracks of Marathon and Ultramarathon Courses Wanted
Volunteer to Help at Equinox Bib Pickup
What is the next best thing to running one of the toughest marathons in the U.S.? Volunteering to help with the Equinox Bib Pick-up, of course (or do both).
SRC Athletic Field and the 2014 Equinox
The start and finish of the 2014 Equinox events will move back to their traditional location on the SRC Athletic Field, and the start will have the traditional route up the ski hill. That is great news for long-time Equinox participants.
HOWEVER - AND THIS IS IMPORTANT - we are asking everyone to stay off the athletic fields between now and the race on September 20. The University has been working hard at getting the grass established on the field, but it has be pretty difficult to accomplish that this summer. If we all stay off the grass until the race, it will be very helpful to the health of the field in the short term and to the long term use of the field by the Equinox events as the start and finish areas. Thank you for your co-operation.
Standard Entry Fees Available Through 5PM September 16
Online registration at the standard entry fees is open through 5PM September 16. After that the only registration will be at early bib pickup from 5PM to 8PM at the Pump House on Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19. You can still register for the marathon or the ultramarathon on race morning, but it will be very expensive (see the fee schedule on this site! Relay entries close Friday night at 8PM.
All registration at the Pump House and on race morning will be online registration via computer, with payment by credit card. Hard copy registration and payment by check or cash are not available.
Registration for Life Members and Past Champions
Online registration for past champions and life members is now available. An e-mail has been sent to all life members and past champions for whom we have e-mail addresses. If you are a life member or past champion and you do not receive this e-mail today (September 3), please click on "Support" in the top menu, then click on "Contact Us", then click on the "John Estle" link, send an e-mail to that e-mail address, and in response you will receive an e-mail telling you how to enter. We are requesting that all past champions and life members enter by September 16 so that bib pickup at the Pump House and on race morning is not quite so hectic.
Bear Sightings on Equinox Trail - August 25, 2014
Attention all runners who frequent the Equinox trail in the Goldstream Valley. We received this information from David James:
Early Bird Entry Fees End on August 20
“Early Bird” entry fees for the Equinox Marathon, Ultramarathon and Relay are available through August 20, at which time the cost to enter will increase by $10. Save money and enter now. Hover your cursor over the Enter menu item at the top of this page, then click on "ENTER ONLINE NOW" to go straight to online registration. Remember, there is no hard-copy paper entry form registration this year – all registration is online – including registration at early bib pickup and on race morning.
Equinox Marathon 2014 Registration is Live
Registration for the 2014 Equinox Marathon, Ultramarathon and Relay is live and online. CLICK HERE to go straight to the registration page. This year Equinox registration will be 100% online and handled by ChronoTrack Live. This year's race will also be chip-timed using the ChronoTrack chip-timing system. At this time we have not created a registration method for existing Life Members, but will do so soon. Also, if you are interested in becoming an Equinox Life member, please contact us via mail or e-mail.
Valentines Day Special !!!!!!
Is your favorite Valentine a runner?
Give him or her a special Valentine gift!
**May we suggest a Limited Edition Commemorative Equinox Print by artist Kes Woodward.**
Originally $125, they are now available through at the
Special Valentine's Day price of $100.
To purchase, please contact:
Equinox Marathon 2013 Results
Results are available for the 2013 Equinox Events. To see final and complete text results, click on the "Read More" button. To see the final and complete PDF versions of results, click on the "RESULTS" link in the top menu bar, then go to the event (Marathon, Ultramarathon or Relay) for which you would like to view results. A DRAFT version of the deluxe results booklet is also available under the "RESULTS" link. It will be a week or so before the final version is ready.
Equinox 2013 Photo Link
Official Equinox 2013 finish line photos are now available on the web via Flickr. The link to the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7663271@N08/sets/72157635825469423/. Photos may be downloaded provided free of charge by Colby Wright. Simply open a photo, right-click on the photo, and choose a size. You can visit Colby's photography website at colbywrightphotography.com today!
Spirit of the Equinox 2013 - Gary Pohl
Probably the most surprised person at the Equinox Awards this year was the winner, Gary Pohl. But that's how Gary is, very humble and unassuming.
Equinox featured in Aurora Magazine
The Equinox Marathon is featured in the spring 2013 issue of UAF's Aurora magazine.
The article "Equinox Marathon: 50 Years Running" includes a timeline of the race's key events, numerous photos and a feature by Ned Rozell about completing the course in 2009 with his 3-year-old daughter.
The on-line version includes an article by LJ Evans about Matias Saari's obsession with the race as well as a five-page excerpt (titled "An Unlikely Duel: Missionary Man Meets Justice") from his forthcoming book about the Equinox's history.
Here is the link:
Want to Calculate Your Equinox Projected Time
Wondering how to predict your time in the Equinox Marathon? Bruce Sackinger provided this link to a marathon time calculator tuned to the Equinox. Matias Saari believes this is reasonably close for those running times in the 4-hour range or higher.
Click here to go to the calculator
Skiing (Sort of) the Equinox Trail
By Matias Saari
Ever wonder what it would be like to ski the entire Equinox trail? Creating a 42-kilometer ski trail that linked campus to Ester Dome was part of the motive for the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski team when they founded the Equinox Marathon in 1963.
Equinox Marathon Inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
Virtually everyone in Fairbanks knows how integral the Equinox Marathon is to the community there.
Now the Equinox has received statewide recognition after being inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 26 at the Anchorage Museum.
The Equinox, which celebrated its 50th running in 2012, was the lone 2013 event inducted at the well-attended ceremony.
Nutrition Information from Jane LeBlond
If you are wondering what is the best nutritional strategy to follow prior to, during and after the Equinox Marathon, you're in luck.
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