If you’re planning to sign up for the 2017 Equinox Marathon or Relay, do it soon! Early registration closes at 5 PM on Wednesday, August 16. Save $10 for the marathon and $25 for a relay team by signing up before early registration closes!
See the Entering page (also available from the main menu above) for all the details!
The official host hotel of the 2017 Equinox Marathon and Relay is again the Best Western Plus Chena River Lodge on Airport Way, just across from Fred Meyer West. They have 10 rooms blocked for September 15 to 18.
Call (907) 328-3500 to make a reservation – and tell them you are here for the Equinox Marathon to get the special rate.
Running Club North is pleased to announce that Stacy Fisk will be taking over as Race Director for the 2017 Equinox Marathon. Stacy brings a wealth of experience both as a runner and race event organizer to lead the Equinox deep into its second half century.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner recently covered the event, in a story “Stacy Fisk named Equinox Marathon race director” on 1/28/2017 by Danny Martin (reprinted here with permission):
FAIRBANKS — Stacy Fisk was announced Friday as the race director for the Equinox Marathon, according to a news release from the marathon and Running Club North.
The Equinox Marathon, considered one of the toughest 26.2-mile races in the nation, starts at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 from the University of Aalska Fairbanks Patty Center.
“The Equinox Marathon is an outstanding race that is highly respected in the race industry. It is truly one of the premier races in the state of Alaska,’’ Fisk said in the release.
Fisk added, “I’m excited to continue on the enormous legacy that John Estle and former race director Susan Kramer left me to build on the tradition and success fostered by the organization, sponsors and volunteers for the past 55 years.”
Fisk, the running department manager at Goldstream Sports, helped organize the inaugural Goldstream to HooDoo Half Marathon last October and the 13.1-mile race drew more than 550 participants.
The former runner and assistant coach for Mars Hill College in North Carolina organizes weekly group runs in the Fairbanks area and competes in long distance and ultra races.
Last year, she competed in the Indiana Trail 100 and was the first woman to compete solo in the Klondike Trail of ’98 Relay that runs from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Fisk was turned back at the 96th mile of 109.5-mile event, but according to the release, she plans another solo attempt in the relay.
Fisk also served as an assistant cross-country and track-and-field coach for Catawba College, also in North Carolina, and as an assistant cross-country coach for the Alaska Nanooks of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
To contact Stacy, see the Contact Us page, or stop by Goldstream Sports.
We look forward to the new energy that Stacy will bring to the rich history of the Equinox Marathon!
At yesterday’s Equinox banquet, Gary Pohl delivered a presentation written by Keith Pollock, presenting the 2016 Spirit of the Equinox award to Ed Debevec. Despite not being able to hear the presentation–the Student Rec Center is not known for its great acoustics!–Ed was dragged on stage and delivered a stellar acceptance speech and rebuttal. Ed was an excellent choice, and you can read the presentation here:
Ed Debevec – Spirit of the Equinox 2016
Live results will be available during the Equinox Marathon and Relay by going to this URL: https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-21910
All marathon runners and relay runners will pass timing points at 8.2 miles at Ann’s Airstrip near the first relay exchange at Goldstream Sports, and just before 17 miles near the second relay exchange point on top of Ester Dome. And, of course, there will be live timing at the finish.
Times and rankings for individuals and teams should be available at that URL within 2 minutes of runners passing the respective timing points and the finish.
Timing services are provided by SportAlaska Event Timing using ChronoTrack chip-timing technology. ChronoTrack is the industry leader in running race timing.
Three buses will be running all Saturday to move runners between the start and finish at UAF Patty Center, Relay Exchange 1 at Ann’s Greenhouse (the relay exchange is at Goldstream Sports, a short distance across Sheep Creek Road), the upper end of Henderson Road on Ester Dome, and Relay Exchange 2 on Ester Dome.
Two buses will run a loop from the UAF Patty Center (near the entrance to the building) to Ann’s Greenhouse to the upper end of Henderson Road and back at approximately 30 minute intervals, beginning at 8:15AM and continuing through 3:00PM. Leg 2 runners will have seating
One bus will run back and forth between the upper end of Henderson Road and Relay Exchange 2, continuing until 3PM.
Keep in mind that cars belonging to anyone other than residents of the Ester Dome summit cannot drive above the upper end of Henderson Road. Leg 2 and leg 3 runners need to plan on using the shuttle bus service to get to and from relay exchange 2. 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!
Leg 3 runners should bring plenty of warm clothes to wear between the time they are dropped off on top of Ester Dome and the time that they start their relay leg.
Spectators and race crews may board a shuttle bus, BUT ONLY AFTER all relay runners needing a ride from that pickup point have been seated on the bus.
Bus service is provided by Big State Wildfire, LLC.