2021 Equinox Marathon Updates

UPDATE, 7/31/2021: The course for the Equinox Half is coming together! Here is a brief description of the route, from the race director:

The half marathon course will start on the first eight miles of the full marathon to Goldstream Sports, with a short out/back from there. Then head straight back on the Sheep Creek Rd. bike path, and hook back up with the full marathon through the trails on your left just past Sheep Creek Extension [presumably the UAF West Ridge trails] to the finish.

We are putting together maps and more details, which should be ready early next week. Look for more information soon!

And a few other updates:

  • For out-of-town visitors, the host hotels are Best Western and Sophies Plaza. Check out the Visitors page for the discounted rates.
  • The Marathon starts 8am as usual. The Half Marathon will start at 8:45am. See the Schedule page for the complete list of events.
  • There will be no banquet this year. Awards for the top five male and female racers for both the full and half will be near the finish area at 1pm.

UPDATE, 7/26/2021: Lifetime members of the Equinox Marathon are able to use their registration code for the half marathon, the same way it works in most years for the relay. So request your code and register today!

We’re happy to announce that the 2021 Equinox Marathon is on! But the set of events is going to be a little different. This post is a high-level view of the changes, and we’ll keep it updated as things evolve.

First, probably the biggest change is that there will be no Equinox Relay. We’re afraid that this is a concession to the need for social distancing and other logistical issues with getting runners to and from the relay start and end points.

But, there will be an Equinox Half Marathon, for the first time in a number of years.

If you have any questions, please contact the race director, Stacy Fisk, at equinox@runningclubnorth.org. But please don’t inundate her! There is a lot going on as fall approaches.

Passing of Nat Goodhue, Co-Founder of the Equinox

From Matias Saari:

We are saddened to report that Nat Goodhue, one of the Equinox’s founders, died Thursday in Vermont at age 80.

Goodhue was a student and skier at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks when he founded the Equinox along with fellow skier Gail Bakken and their coach Jim Mahaffey in 1963. Goodhue and Bakken each won the inaugural race. Goodhue won again in 1974, broke 3 hours in 1979 and eventually completed the race 13 times. His last race was in 2010.

Goodhue is pictured below shaking hands with race historian Stan Caulfield while Bakken looks on in 1968 (University of Alaska Photo).

Bakken died in 2015, while Mahaffey still resides on the Anchorage Hillside.

Incorporating Ester Dome into the course was Goodhue’s idea. “Let’s go up to the highest point within a 26-mile loop of the college where we can be inspired by that magnificent view of the Tanana Valley and the Alaska Range,” he said.

Goodhue’s vision continues to inspire hundreds of runners and hikers each September.


Stan Caulfield, Gail Bakken, and Nat Goodhue

Stan Caulfield, Gail Bakken, and Nat Goodhue

2020 Equinox Marathon and Relay is Canceled

After carefully considering options for the 2020 race, we have to share the sad news that there will not be an Equinox Marathon or Relay this year. This decision was challenging and difficult for the Running Club North Board of Directors and the Equinox Marathon race committee. As runners ourselves, we understand the deep disappointment this will cause to our participants, as well as the impact this has on our sponsors, vendors, partners, dedicated volunteers and community. All of us are heartbroken by this outcome.

All of us hoped that we could safely host the 58th annual event this September, but we do hope that you strap on a pair of shoes on September 21st and go for a run, jog or walk; slip into your favorite sneakers and move forward.

We’ll be in touch about 2021. Thank you for your support and dedication.

Until then – Stay Active, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and Stay Strong.

Stacy Fisk, Race Director

Mark Your Calendars for the 2020 Equinox!

The Equinox Marathon and Relay will be on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Registration will open early next year, but mark your calendar now!

We’ve begun updating the Web site with the new (tentative) dates, and will flesh things out as plan develop.

Results, Photos, Awards, Etc.

Runners, Joggers, Hikers, and Walkers:

You can check out a complete list of results at SportAlaska.

Photos will be up in a few days courtesy of Todd Paris Photography.  We will post a link when it becomes available.

For those who did not receive their age-group, overall, or relay awards at the banquet can pick them up at Goldstream Sports during their regular store hours starting Wednesday.  If you live out of town, we will mail them out to you.

There is a lost and found box at Goldstream Sports.  You can call Goldstream Sports at 907-455-6520 to see if they have what you are looking for.

If you would like to purchase ($20 Cash Only) or exchange your shirt, they will be at Goldstream Sports starting Wednesday.

Thank you to Fairbanks Cycle Club for cleaning up the course on Sunday afternoon!

Also, THANK YOU to ALL volunteers involved!  We could not have done it without you!

If you have any questions, please email me anytime!

Stacy Fisk
Race Director