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.
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
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.
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!
We have new men’s and women’s records!
In the men’s marathon, it took 35 years but Aaron Fletcher from Anchorage toppled Stan Justice’s 1984 record by more than three minutes, running a blazing fast 2:38:14.
In the women’s marathon, Christy Marvin beat her own record from 2018 with a time of 3:23:59.
These records are all the more amazing because of the conditions for Saturday’s race: rainy, snowy, windy, and muddy.
You can find all the results, including for the relay, on the SportAlaska site.
Congratulations to them, and to everyone who took on the Equinox!
Tomorrow is the big day! Many have trained hard, some have not, some are just taking a stroll. Whatever you plan to do, have fun with it and enjoy the day!
Get a good’s night rest, and we will see you in the morning!
A reminder that you will need to pick up you bib TONIGHT! There is no registration or bib pick-up for Relay Participants on Saturday morning. Only for marathoners.
Stacy Fisk (RD)
Runners, joggers, hikers, walkers:
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 registration for 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
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 I hope to see all of you on the course or at the finish line!!!!
Runners, Joggers, Hikers, and Walkers:
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Saturday looks like there will be chilly rain. We want everyone to be safe, so we are advising people to have rain gear. Bring hats, headbands and gloves – be prepared.
There is a chance of snow on top of Ester Dome in the morning, but the possibility of snow at the top increases during the day Saturday as a cold front moves through the valley.
We will have a warm-up shack at the top of Ester Dome if anyone needs it for an emergency. There is no bag or clothing drop, however. You may leave a bag with your relay team member.
If you have questions, please ask our race officials.
WE CAN DO THIS!
Stacy Fisk (Race Director)