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Spirit of the Equinox Award

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

The Spirit of the Equinox Award

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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.

The award recipients are selected by a committee consisting of the members of the local running community and one person from Georgie's immediate family.  The recipients of this award are not required to have run the Equinox Marathon.  In fact, they need not even be runners.  The committee bases their selection of the recipient on these criteria:

  • Contribution to the running community
  • How inspirational the recipient is to others
  • Overall attitude and enthusiasm toward others

Read More for a list of winners of the Spirit of the Equinox Award.  Click on an award-winner's name to get a bio of that person.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 September 2013 17:53 Read more...

Spirit of the Equinox 2013 - Gary Pohl

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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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 September 2013 17:57 Read more...

2012 Spirit of the Equinox - Monte Jordon

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A long-time runner and resident of Fairbanks, Monte has volunteered countless hours for the running community. To hear a few of the many contributions Monte has made to running in Fairbanks, click on 'More'.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2012 19:21 Read more...

2011 Spirit of the Equinox - Glenn Hackney

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Glenn Hackney thumbnailThe winner of this year's Spirit of the Equinox Award is Glenn Hackney.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 22:38 Read more...

Tracey Martinson is awarded the 2010 Spirit of the Equinox

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As the Spirit of the Equinox is awarded each year there is always some anticipation as to who the recipient might be. The presenter tries to mislead all who are listening by making vague references such as 'he' and in the next sentence 'she', At some point though the history of the recipient becomes obvious as is the case with Tracey Martinson.

Although those involved in the running club community within Fairbanks are acutely aware of how much she has provided, most running participants only see the results of her involvement. Tracey is a dedicated and tireless force for Running Club North. To list just a few: She has been president of Running Club North for the past two years (no small feat for a volunteer position), has been a board member of RCN for close to ten years, started the Equinox Kids Marathon, originated and directs the Kid's Cross Country Races during the summer, directed the Fahrenheit Be Darned Winter Training Runs throughout the winter, is a member of the Midnight Sun Run Board of Directors, and has been an integral part of RCN's involvement officiating the Region 6 High School track meets and State Championship Track Meet.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:26

2009 Winner of the 'Spirit of the Equinox'

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JIM LOFTUS - 2009  Winner of the 'Spirit of the Equinox'

This years winner of the Spirit of the Equinox, Jim Lofts, was somewhat surprised as he was invited to the Equinox awards under the pretext of presenting an award, not receiving one. Jim has been a figure in the running communtiy for many years but not known as a distance runner. In fact, for Jim, a 'long' run is 5K. He has never run the Equinox but the Spirit of the Equinox is not an award for just having run the event, it's for someone who has contributed to the sport and community. Jim has certainly done that. He as been instrumental in starting and maintaining track meets within the community. He started and continues to organize the 'All Comers' track meets, is Running Club North's liasion to Region 6 Track and Field for high scholl track, and has competed nationally and internationally in Master's competition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:30

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