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Equinox Founder Passes Away

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We are saddened to report that Gail Bakken-Johnson, one of the founders of the Equinox Marathon, died Saturday in Anchorage. She was 74.

Bakken-Johnson was instrumental in creating the original trail in 1963 with her then boyfriend, Nat Goodhue, and UAF ski coach Jim Mahaffey.

Bakken-Johnson won the inaugural women's race and completed six full Equinox marathons and the relay twice. She last attended the Equinox in 2010, when she received a special "Founders' Award."

The Equinox was like a holiday for Bakken-Johnson, who was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia in 2014.

"You have Thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter and the Fourth of July," Bakken said. "And the Equinox."

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:32

New Location for Early Bib Pickup in 2015

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Early bib pickup for the Equinox Marathon, Ultramarathon and Relay will be in a new location in 2015.  This year early bib pickup will be at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park (the building formerly known as the Civic Center at the park formerly known as Alaskaland).

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:00

2015 Equinox Marathon Schedule

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Below is the registration and race events schedule for this year's Equinox events.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:14

2015 Equinox Registration is open!

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You can now register for the 2015 Equinox Marathon, Ultramarathon and Marathon Relay. CLICK HERE to go to the online registration page:

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:36

New Relay Team Registration Process in 2015

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We are changing the way we are handling Equinox Relay team registration this year. For the 2015 race and future races 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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:48

Registration for Life Members

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Below is information pertaining to registration for Life Members

To enter you will need a special coupon code to get your free entry.  If you have received an e-mail with your coupon code, just go ahead and register, following the instructions in the e-mail.


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:31

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 Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:18

Online Results Link

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CLICK HERE to see live results online throughout the race and afterward.  Split times taken at the two relay exchange zones (8 mile and 17 mile) will be available online at this URL, as well.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:15

The Spirit of the Equinox Award Background and History

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The Spirit of the Equinox Award was established in 1986 in memory of George Bloom.

Georgie ran the Equinox Marathon 18 consecutive years and felt that it was the ultimate running event.  The award is to exemplify what Georgie stood for in the running community -- someone who was always willing to lend a hand, organize a race, offer an encouraging word, and was quick with a smile and a wave.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:11

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 Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:34

Training Advice From the Record Holder

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


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.


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

2014 Spirit of the Equinox - Bob Vitale

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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?!] 
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:59

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

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
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