Equinox Marathon - Fairbanks, Alaska

Saturday, September 16, 2017

55th Annual Equinox Marathon
28th Annual Equinox Marathon Relay

New Interactive Course Map Online

We have a new map available online documenting the 100 or so permanent mile markers and directional signs along the Equinox course. Each sign has a couple accompanying pictures that provide views of the various terrain you will encounter during the run. They also let you read the signs at your leisure to see who sponsored them without worrying about the roots and rocks at your feet. So whether you use it as a virtual course tour or to reminisce on past glories, take a look at the map here or from the Race Info, Course menu.

Early Registration Closes Soon!

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!


Official Host Hotel

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.

New Equinox Marathon Director for 2017!

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!

Winner of the 2016 Spirit of the Equinox: Ed Debevec

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

Equinox Marathon Live Timing

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.

Equinox Marathon 2016 Shuttle Bus Service

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.

Relay Registration

Remember that ALL members of a relay team must be entered individually in order to be added to a team.  If there is someone on your relay team who has not yet entered and has not been added to your team, please have them follow the instructions below.  If they follow these instructions no further action will be needed, because they will be added to the team and we will know what leg they will be running.

If all members of your team are not registered prior to bib pickup, then we will need to take the time to register them at bib pickup, and that will take extra time and will create long lines.  So, please help us out, and help out all the other people who will be picking up bibs when you are picking up your relay belt and bib.

This needs to be done not later than midnight Wednesday night, September 21, as online registration closes at that time.  Once a relay team entry fee has been paid, there is NO CHARGE for the 2nd and 3rd members of the team to register.

Thank you for your help.


1. Go to: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/21910
2. Personal Information – Enter name and other requested information
3. Waiver – check box and initial waiver
4. Team Selection – click “Join Existing Team” button
5. Team Selection – enter the name of your team in the search box – be sure you spell it correctly
6. Team Selection – check the box in the grayed area that shows your team name, then click NEXT
7. Address – enter address information
8. Emergency Contact – enter requested information
9. Relay Leg – click the button corresponding to the leg you will run
10. Promotional Code – don’t need to enter anything; click next
11. Checkout Summary – click Checkout
12. Payment Information – No Payment is required.  Click Submit
13. Your’re Registered – Click Finish

Matias Saari’s Equinox book available!

Matias Saari’s book, The Equinox: Alaska’s Trailblazing Marathon, is finally available!
He will be signing books at the following events:
Friday, Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Book Launch Party (#2), Goldstream Sports
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m. – Slide show, Beaver Sports
Thursday, Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m. – Equinox bib pickup, Wood Center
Friday, Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m. – Equinox bib pickup, Wood Center

The book will be available for retail at Beaver Sports, Goldstream Sports and Gulliver’s Books. It can also be ordered at the website www.equinoxmarathonbook.com.

Saari’s book is 460 pages long and features a mostly chronological history of the event, recaps of every race from 1963-2015, and more than 100 photos.

Equinox Marathon 2016 Bib Pickup

Equinox Marathon bib pickup will take place between 5 PM and 8 PM, Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16, at the Wood Center Ballroom on the UAF Campus.

On Friday, September 16, there will be a spaghetti feed and a showing of the movie Spirit of the Marathon II (Rome Marathon). The movie starts at 6 PM. Tickets to the spaghetti feed and movie are available to purchase (by cash or check) for $15 each (no child discount) at Beaver Sports until 12 noon on Friday, September 16th.

The spaghetti feed and movie are available to anyone who would like to purchase a ticket, not only for marathon or relay participants. If space is available, tickets will be available on the 16th at the door for $20 per person.

**IF YOU ARE FROM OUT OF TOWN AND CAN NOT PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AT BEAVER SPORTS, you can call Susan Kramer at (907) 590-5086 to make a reservations over the phone with a credit card.

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