To do in Fairbanks: Equinox Marathon – with or without snow

Posted by lwpetersen | September 16, 2013 | Things to do in Fairbanks

Kate was driving me to work this morning when we heard on the radio that there is a good chance of snow this week. I checked the 7 day forecast and it’s either snow or rain/snow for every day after today.

The forecast for Saturday is for snow, which is the day of the Equinox Marathon, that I am “running” in again. I must use quotes around the word ‘running’, because last year, around mile 20, I thought that my best strategy would be to lie down on the side of the trail and take a quick nap. I managed to resist the urge, but ended up walking the majority of the last 6 miles. Part of the reason this marathon is so difficult is that it has a little bit of a hill to climb.

The other reason this race is so hard for me is that, despite the fact that I have been running quite a bit this summer, I don’t really adopt a “training” program to prepare for races like this. I’m a bit of a Barney Stinson in this respect:

Barney Stinson : “Training for a marathon?!”
Marshall: “What?”
Barney: “You don’t train for a marathon. You just run it!”

  . . .

Barney: “Here is how you run a marathon. Step one, you start running. Step two…there is no step two.”

How I Met Your Mother – Season 2 | Episode 15, Lucky Penny

Yup, It’s going to be an interesting weekend. My goal is to finish again. My super-goal is to be at least one second faster than my time last year of 5:50:50.

No matter what, it will be a pretty run/walk. Here are some photos that I took on the trail last year (after the race) and some shots from the top of Ester Dome:

equinox trail

yellow floor

Ester Dome Road

Denali Flame
Winter view of Denali from Ester Dome

Ester Dome colors
The view of Ester Dome from campus

Nice day on Ester dome
Summertime view from the summit

Blog Comments

The part of the course just below the chute was always my favorite. So much golden yellow it felt unreal. Good luck in the race!!! 🙂

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