Equinox Marathon - Fairbanks, Alaska

Saturday, September 15, 2018

56th Annual Equinox Marathon
29th Annual Equinox Marathon Relay

Equinox Photos

As usual, there were some great photographers out on the Equinox course on Saturday. Here is a list of those who have shared their collection photos publicly and let us know about them. If you have any questions or want any of the photos, please contact the photographer directly.

  • Mark Lindberg: I just posted a sample of the 600 or so photos I took of the Equinox Marathon to my InstaGram (@mslindbergsportspics) and smug mug site. Please feel free to share these links with the participants if you like. I will be editing and posting more photos over the next couple of weeks.
  • Todd Paris: Former UAF photographer, posted his photos on his smug mug site.

We’ll update this post as we hear of more. Please email us at running@runningclubnorth.org with your links.

Important: Course Change!

There is a slight change of course for tomorrow. It was shuffled last night and will be very well marked, so don’t fret!

It is basically the old Equinox course…

The change is around mile 21.5. It will basically now go: Henderson Rd -> Gold Hill -> Cloudberry -> then back to the power line.

Awards Banquet Information

Here is your Awards Banquet Information:

As the Equinox Marathon and Relay finish line closes, the doors for the Equinox Awards Banquet open in the adjacent UAF Student Rec Center at 6:00PM.

This is a chance for all Equinox participants to gather and tell tales about the accomplishments of the day (most true, some not) and to celebrate the Equinox community spirit. There will be food and drink, awards, and Matias Sarri will be there signing his book.

For Equinox participants, your ticket, covering you and one guest, is on your bib. You can buy additional tickets at the door for $15.00. (Relay Team’s only need (1) ticket for all 3 members.)

Details:
Pizza, Salad and Dessert
Beer Service – *Proof of 21 or older required*
Seating is limited

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy.

Last Minute Race Details!

The Equinox Marathon and Relay is tomorrow! Here are a few last minute details to consider.

Bib Pickup

There are two more chances to pick up bibs:

  • Friday, September 14th 5:00PM-8:00PM at UAF Upper Level of the Ice Arena
  • Saturday, September 15th 7:00AM at the UAF Student Recreation Center

Relay Teams

If any of your team members are not registered, please contact your unregistered runners and have them registered at Bib Pick Up, TONIGHT FROM 5-8 PM. Registration for Relay Teams WILL NOT be available on race morning.

Race-Day Schedule

Here is your RACE DAY schedule:

6:30am – UAF Student Recreation Center (SRC) Opens
6:45am-7:30am – Race Day Bib Pick-Up/Registration in the SRC (No relay teams)
7:15am – Race Briefing w/ Rachael Kvapil (SRC)
8:00am – Cannon goes off for the start
6:00pm – Doors open for awards banquet (SRC)
6:30pm – Awards presentation begins
8:00pm-8:30pm – Awards ceremony ends

Parking will be available at the UAF Patty Center and across the street. Try to car pool if all possible.

There will be showers available for free in the SRC or the Patty Center buildings.

Other Details

The course is the same as last year, for those who ran it. The sinkhole has been filled on the powerline and the trail is open. Thank the North Star Borough for all the hard work on filling this for us.

Bag Drop will be located at the finish area under the Team RWB tent. You can put all of you clothing in your bag, and use your pull tag off of your bib. They will be there on your return.

Lost and Found. Items left on the course will be returned to the finish area under one of the tents. Any items not picked up, will be returned to Goldstream Sports for pick-up later.

Finish Area. There will be massages given by our sponsors Advanced Physical Therapy. Team in Training will also have a tent. Post race snacks and drinks. Medical tent. Please thank Team RWB for helping set-up and volunteer for this area.

Sponsors. We want to thank all of our sponsors that are listed below.

Date-Line Digital Printing
Odom Corporation
Subway
Beaver Sports
Alaska Salmon Bake
Goldstream Sports
UAF Nanook Recreation
Advanced Physical Therapy of Alaska – Fairbanks
Running Club North
Hoodoo Brewery
Usibelli Coal Mine

Please thank all our volunteers/sponsors on race day. They have put in a lot of work to help make this race possible!

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy via email prior to Saturday morning.

Have fun out there, and we hope to see all of you on the course or at the finish line!!!!

Relay Schedule

Here is the Shuttle Bus and Van Service Schedule:

Relay Runner/Leg #2

Buses are provided by BIG STATE WILDFIRE LLC and leave campus at 8:15AM.

Two buses are available

Leg #2 runners have boarding priority on the 8:15am bus

Leg # 2 runners will be dropped off at Anne’s Greenhouse and walk ¼ mile to exchange zone at Goldstream Sports.

Leg #3 Runners will be dropped at the intersection of Ester Dome Road and Henderson Road. Bring clothes to keep warm while waiting.

Two buses will run a loop from UAF, Ann’s Greenhouse, and Henderson until 3pm.

There will be no buses going to the top of Ester Dome. Leg #3 runners will need to transfer onto a van at the intersection of Ester Dome Road and Henderson Road. Leg #1 runners can take the bus back to campus.

All Leg #2 and Leg #3 runners are encouraged to use the buses and vans. NO CARS (except for residents) WILL BE ALLOWED PAST HENDERSON ROAD. From the upper end of Henderson Road it is more than 1.5 miles to relay exchange 2 – at least a 25-30 minute walk. PLAN AHEAD!

Spectators and race crews may board a shuttle bus/van, BUT ONLY AFTER all relay runners needing a ride from that pickup point have been seated on the bus/van.

Relay Runner Leg # 3

Vans are provided by Airlink Shuttle and Tours

Two to three vans are available.

Leg #3 will board a bus from campus and be brought to the second stop at the intersection of Ester Dome Road and Henderson Road.

Leg # 3 runners will board a 15 passenger van from this intersection to the top of Ester Dome to the relay exchange zone. Please bring clothes to keep warm while waiting.

Vans will only be doing the Henderson/Top of Dome Loop until 3pm.

Leg #2 runners (once finished) can take a van back to the intersection and then take a bus back to UAF campus.

All Leg #2 and Leg #3 runners are encouraged to use the buses and vans. NO CARS (except for residents) WILL BE ALLOWED PAST HENDERSON RD. From the upper end of Henderson Road it is more than 1.5 miles to relay exchange 2 – at least a 25-30 minute walk. PLAN AHEAD!

Spectators and race crews may board a shuttle bus/van, BUT ONLY AFTER all relay runners needing a ride from that pickup point have been seated on the bus/van.

If you have questions, please contact Stacy via email. See you at bib pick-up!

Report Trail Issues!

Running Club North and our volunteers work hard year round to maintain the Equinox course in world-class condition. If you’re out on the course and find a problem, please let us know, any time of the year!

You can use the form on the Report Trail Issues page to send us a report. Include as much detailed information as you can so we can find the problem and know what we need to take with us to resolve it.

Thanks for your help in maintaining the course!

Bib Pick-up

You will have 3 opportunities to pick-up your bib:

  • Thursday, September 13th 5:00pm-8:00PM at UAF Upper Level of the Ice Arena
  • Friday, September 14th 5:00PM-8:00PM at UAF Upper Level of the Ice Arena
  • Saturday, September 15th 7:00AM at the UAF Student Recreation Center

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy at equinox@runningclubnorth.org!

The Equinox Marathon Needs Volunteers!

The 56th annual Equinox Marathon will be held on Saturday, 9/15/2018. And that means volunteers are needed!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our volunteers.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Monte Jordan and she can sign you up manually.

Thanks for helping! You’re what makes the Equinox Marathon such a success each year!

Stay at the Official Host Hotel!

If you are looking for a place to stay near the start and finish of the Equinox Marathon, look no farther than the official host hotel, the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge on Airport Way, just across from Fred Meyer West. They have 10 rooms blocked off for the dates of September 14 to 17, for just $75/night.

Call 907-328-3500 to make a reservation – and tell them you are here for the Equinox Marathon to get the special rate.

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