More than just a 10K running race, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner “Midnight Sun Run” is a uniquely Alaskan event that attracts participants from all over the country. The race is managed by The Midnight Sun Run nonprofit organization, with proceeds benefiting the Fairbanks Resource Agency (fra-alaska.org) who is currently producing the event, and awarding up to four $2500 scholarships to local student athletes. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner has covered the event at its beginning and continues to be the title sponsor.
Fairbanks Resource Agency’s goal of community inclusion for people of all abilities is well exemplified by the Midnight Sun Run: people of all ages and abilities are welcome to run, walk, stroll or roll together under the midnight sun. “We are pleased to be involved in such a time-honored community event,” said FRA Executive Director Emily Ennis. “Our agency will bring a lot of talent and energy to make Fairbanks’ signature summer event a fantastic success.”
The race is held in June on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice. Despite its late evening start, there’s no need to bring flashlights, as the summer solstice sun shines brightly in the skies, from start to finish and beyond. The race attracts over 3,500 participants, from the elite runners who are aiming to break the finish line ribbon to back of the pack strollers simply out to have a good time. The Midnight Sun Run also relies on hundreds of volunteers from across the community, and volunteers are most welcome.
Even those who don’t enter the race have opportunities to enjoy the event. The race course, which starts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center and ends at Pioneer Park, meanders though a number of Fairbanks neighborhoods, where spectators are often times lined up elbow to elbow to cheer the participants on.
Race Director Susan Kramer will assist with the production of the MSR event. Kramer, who has her own event planning business and is a serious runner herself, has co-produced the last two Fairbanks Equinox marathons with John Estle and brings significant experience to the project.
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