Equinox Finish Line - image by David Fee

Equinox News

Race Updates

Good Morning Participants!

Here are a few things to expect at the race:

  • The SRC (Student Recreation Center) will be open in the morning at 7:00AM.
  • The Patty Center will be available for showers after the race.
  • There will be aid stations that will have Lemon Lime Gatorade, water, and snacks.
  • After the race, starting on Tuesday if you would like to switch your shirt size or need to pick one up after registering during bib pick-up you can do so at Frosty Feet Running Company. Keep in mind I will only have them there for one week, then they head into storage.

Volunteers were very hard to come by this year, so please be sure to THANK THEM!! The race can not happen without them!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Stacy Fisk
Race Director

Bib Pick-Up and Call for Certified Flaggers!

Lots of information coming this week with all the details leading up to the race and after.

Bib Pick-Up

Wednesday – Friday (this week) 2:00PM-7:00PM at Frosty Feet Running Company in the Chena Pump Plaza

Saturday (Race Day) 7:00AM – 9:30AM

Race Start Times

Full Marathon 8:00AM

Half Marathon 10:00AM

Certified Flaggers Needed

Lastly, we are in need this year of 5 minimum certified flaggers for the railroad crossings. We are willing to pay for the certification class online. We can not obtain the DOT Permit without them. If you know someone that may be interested, please have them contact me ASAP.

Looking forward to a great race!

Stacy Fisk
Race Director

Course Reroutes for 2022

Stan Justice, the primary and longest-running Equinox Marathon course maintainer, reports that this year there will be some minor changes to the both courses to accommodate various conditions.

The seasonal pond just north of Ballaine Lake has not dried up this year, so we are going around it. This shortened the out and back 139 feet.


Both the half and the full will stay off Ester Dome Road a tad more. The landowner suggested we stay on the powerline to their driveway. I need to move the Susan Sugi sign.


The half is going to go right on Ester Dome Road and then right on the road to Goldstream Sports but not go into the parking lot. Stay on the road and then left up Ann’s airstrip.


The start for the half moves back 158 feet.


I hope that is all the changes and no surprise comes up.

Thanks for all your work, Stan!

2021 Marathon and Half Photos

Congratulations to all who finished either the full Equinox Marathon or the inaugural Half Marathon last weekend! There were a lot of photographers out on the course, and some have offered to share their photos:

  • Paris Photographics – prints and downloads available for purchase.
  • Mark Conde – Mark writes: I have reviewed about 2/3 of the shots I took, and posted an initial batch of shots to the gallery. I will be adding the rest over the next few days. The photos can be freely downloaded at around 6 mega-pixel resolution. If anyone doesn’t want their photo in the gallery, I’m more than happy to remove it. They can just email me at phasefront@gmail.com with a link to the photo in question, and I’ll remove it.

If you have a publicly accessible online collection from this year and would like to share them, please email Don Kiely at running@runningclubnorth.org. I’ll add them to this post, so check back for more.

Thanks to the photographers for sharing!

An IMPORTANT note from Running Club North

An IMPORTANT note from Running Club North:

Dear Equinox Participant,

The 58th running of Running Club North’s (RCN) Fairbanks Equinox Marathon and first running of the Half Marathon on September 18, 2021 will occur during truly unique times—dominated as they are by COVID. With unique times come unique responsibilities. RCN’s Board of Directors wants to mention its expectations of participants:

  1. Do not attend for any reason (including as an observer) if you have ANY COVID symptoms or have been in contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID within the last 14 days.
  2. While in attendance please abide by the following:
    • Maintain social distancing at the start of the race, at aid stations to the best of your ability, and, especially, during the pre-race briefing
    • Mask up until the race is underway

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The Equinox Marathon/Half Marathon is a highlight of the fall season for many of us and I look forward to seeing you on the trails. Race Director Stacy Fisk is doing an admirable job organizing these races under truly unusual times. Let’s all do our parts by keeping ourselves and each other healthy.

For the RCN Board of Directors,
Arthur Hussey, President

2021 Half Marathon Maps

We’ve received the course maps for the Equinox Half Marathon from the race director.

The first is the master map of the full Equinox Marathon, with the Half Marathon overlay: 2021 Marathon with Half Marathon Course

The second is a satellite view of the half marathon course: 2021 Equinox Half – Satellite

The third is a view with elevation contours and mileages: 2021 Equinox Half – Miles & Contours

We hope that your training has gone wonderfully, and we’ll see you on the course in a couple of weeks!