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Registration Now Open for 2016 Equinox Marathon and Relay

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Registration for the 2016 Equinox Marathon and Relay is now open.  CLICK HERE to go straight to the online registration form.  Fees are the same as for 2015.

As was the case last year, one person registers an entire relay team.  That person is responsible for adding the names, genders, dates of birth and relay leg order for all members of the team.

As usual, registration is only available online.

Past champions and life members should contact co-Director John Estle by email using john.estle [at] equinoxmarathon [dot] org to get their coupon code so that they can register online without charge.

Please stay tuned for further information regarding the time and location for bib pickup on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2016 11:22

Former champ Pat Kling passes away

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Pat Kling, a two-time Equinox champion and former record-holder, died of cancer Nov. 19 in Spokane, Wash. She was 69.

Below is a piece written by Matias Saari about the special relationship Kling had with the Equinox.

Eye of the Tiger

Inspired by Rocky Balboa, Pat Kling became one of the first Equinox diehards.

From 1977 through 1994, Kling only missed one race and eventually collected 18 marathon patches.

That may never have happened had she not watched the movie “Rocky” shortly after its release in late 1976. Kling was so moved by a scene showing Sylvester Stallone running through Philadelphia’s Italian marketplace that at age 32 she began running.

For Kling’s first Equinox in 1977, she hiked most of it, finishing in 5 hours, 34 minutes. The next year, having actually trained, Kling was convinced she could win. Though she was third in 4:17, the competitive seed was planted.

In 1981, Kling ran 3:37:59 to become the inaugural member of the women’s sub-3:45 club.

Upon shattering the record that year her glee was documented in a wonderful series of photos published in Denali, UAF’s yearbook. In the first, Kling, wearing her lucky second-hand striped shirt, laughs as the finish-line tape touches her torso; in the second, the tape breaks and she raises her arms above her head; in the third, Kling, open-mouthed and smiling widely, hugs friend Fran O’Donnell.

Kling, with a solid build and short brown hair, lacked speed but had good endurance and excellent downhill running skills.

“I was never very fast but I could kind of a pick a pace and hold on to it,” she said.

She also trained hard, averaging about 60 miles a week. Mostly she ran solo, either on Fort Wainwright or at the Birch Hill ski trails near her home.

Kling said she was initially hired as a teacher at Barnette Middle School so she could also direct their new running and skiing programs. She eagerly took the job even though she was a novice skier.

Kling’s focus on training and competition lessened upon adopting the first of two children in 1986, though she stayed enthusiastic about running. During the 1994 Equinox — when she ran the second leg of the relay — Kling played “Chariots of Fire” at full volume in her Subaru station wagon parked atop Ester Dome to inspire runners.

She left Fairbanks in 2000, moving first to her college town of Spokane, Wash., then to Grant Pass, Ore., and in 2011 back to Spokane, where she was reunited with good friends with Bob and Claire Murphy.

Kling last ran the Equinox at age 56 in 2002, finishing in 4:48. In 2012, she watched the 50th running, but was unable to run because she’d recently undergone two surgeries. She also attended the 2014 race.

“One of my fondest memories is running the Equinox,” Kling said. “I just love those trails.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 15:32

Equinox Event Photos

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If you would like to see some photos from the 2015 Equinox events, go to:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/134684523@N07/albums

Equinox 2015 Relay Results

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Click the "Read More" button to view Equinox Marathon Relay results by class, with leg times.  Not all the relay teams are in the correct leg order.  We will work on correcting that, but for now, here are the results.

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LIVE RESULTS!

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CLICK HERE for live results of the 2015 Equinox events

Course Markings for the Race

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Check out the course markings for the race.  Know the markings to follow!

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:25 Read more...

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:26 Read more...

2016 Equinox Marathon Schedule

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Equinox Events 2016 Schedule

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 20:15 Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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.

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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.

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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 Read more...

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 Read more...

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