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2015 Equinox Registration is open!

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You can now register for the 2015 Equinox Marathon, Ultramarathon and
Marathon Relay. Go to:

We are changing the way we are handling relay team registration this year.
This year a single person will register and pay for the entire team when
he/she signs up. This person will be the "Team Captain" and will be the
contact point for the team.

Early entry fees will be $175 per team, standard fee will be $200/team. The
rate for entering a team on the Thursday or Friday before the race will be
$275. These fees are based upon what it would cost to have three people
enter individually during those same time periods.

At the time the captain registers the team, the captain can also enter the
other members of the team . . . OR . . . the other members of the team can
register themselves individually, after the fee has been paid, by clicking
on the "Relay" choice, then going through the process.

If you are the 2nd or 3rd member of the team to register, when you are asked
the name of the team, you must enter the EXACT name of the team, at which
point you will see your entry fee drop to $0. Then just finish the
registration process and check out.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 12:02

2014 Spirit of the Equinox

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The winner of the Spirit of the Equinox Award for 2014 is Bob Vitale. Following is the presentation by Tracey Martinson.

This year's recipient has been in Fairbanks for a long, long, long time.  Forty years, in fact!  This person started running about 30 years ago, on a cold and wintery day when the temperature hovered at 30-below zero.  [Who takes up running in the middle of a Fairbanks winter?!]  At any rate, this person's domestic partner was pretty sure it was going to be a fluke--a one-time deal and then the silliness would be over.  But the person came back, all frosted-up and icicle-laden, with a smirk that you could see growing in size as warmth returned to the body.  This person was certifiably hooked!
And so it continued, miles and miles, hour after hour... This person fell in with some notorious runners (initials S.M. and M.-E. L.*).  The three of them liked to run for hours, bushwhacking through alder thickets on epic cross-country treks.  Word has it that they even planned a South American running adventure but flight and travel snafus conspired to ensure that all they had to show for it was a trip to Miami and back.  At any rate, this is rather fitting since this person originally hails from southern Florida. [That's a clue, folks...]
From a running standpoint, this person has been involved in Running Club North since its inception in 1993, quietly working behind the scenes as RCN Calendar Liaison and editor of the Running Briefs newsletter.  This person worked with Dave Cowee to develop the first RCN website in 1996.  More recent projects include serving on the RCN board as Vice President and President, and working tirelessly on Equinox Marathon course access issues.  This person runs in all the races--completing the entire trail series this year and taking 1st place in the 45-and-over category.

And without further ado, I am pleased to bestow the 2014 Spirit of the Equinox award on Bob Vitale!

*  S.M. = Sandy Murray;  M.-E. L. = Mary Ellen LeBerge.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 17:17

Start and Finish Routes for Equinox 2014

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In order to get correct race distances, we will not be able to use direct routes at the start and finish.  Please familiarize yourself with the start and finish diagram below to understand the routes you will take at the start and finish.

Equinox 2014 Start and Finish

Online Results Link

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CLICK HERE to see live results online

Registration for Life Members and Past Champions

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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.
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Equinox 2013 Photo Link

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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!

Equinox featured in Aurora Magazine

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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:


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:05

Want to Calculate Your Equinox Projected Time

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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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:13

Skiing (Sort of) the Equinox Trail

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:47

Equinox Marathon Inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

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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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 19:03

Nutrition Information from Jane LeBlond

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If you are wondering what is the best nutritional strategy to follow prior to, during and after the Equinox Marathon, you're in luck.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 15:55

Kesler Woodward Commemorative Print

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As mentioned earlier on this website, one of the ways we are commemorating the 50th running of the Equinox Marathon is with a print by Fairbanks artist Kesler Woodward.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:47

Complimentary Entry for Past Champions

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In the summer of 2011, the Equinox Marathon Advisory Committee adopted a policy whereby past winners of the Equinox Marathon (not ultramarathon or relay) would be granted free entry for as long as they wanted to participate in the Equinox events.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:35

Link to Performance Notes PDF Files

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Use the links below to view or download notes on performance analysis and statistical interest from the past several years of the Equinox events.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2011 12:01

3-Time Champion Matias Saari's Preparation Advice

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Here's Matias Saari's advice on how to prepare to run your best on the big day.


Training Advice From the Record Holder

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This advice comes from Stan Justice, the record-holder for the Equinox Marathon.

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