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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

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:

http://uafcornerstone.net/equinox-marathon-50-years-running/

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:05

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 Read more...
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