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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 1:25 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Tim Miner had the legs of a dinosaur during Saturday’s Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run.

Miner actually was attached to his creation of a tyrannosaurus rex made of balloons. It also was an entry in the costume contest of the 30th annual 10-kilometer run.

Several people among the race’s 3,000-plus entries wore costumes while moving on the course that started in the parking lot of the University of the Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center, went through nearby neighborhoods and finished inside Pioneer Park.

A costume parade was conducted in front of a stage in the Patty Center parking lot an hour before the race’s 10 p.m. start.

The contestants were competing for more than 20 prizes, including a Columbia Glacier cruise and a rafting trip in Denali National Park.

Miner, a 31-year-old inventory control analyst and father of four, dubbed his creation “Try-Run-A-Saurus.” He tied together brown, slender latex balloons in the shape of a tyrannosaurus. He attached the creature to his T-shirt and held it up with a long PVC pipe while he maneuvered the course. “I am its legs,’’ Miner said. It was easy for Miner to develop the idea for his attention-grabbing costume.

“I tried to figure what was the coolest thing, the most awesome design and the lightest,” Miner said. “Balloons and dinosaurs, that’s the mix right there.”

His children saw it the same way.

“They were like, ‘Dad, that’s awesome, man!’” Miner said.

There were awesome imaginations in the Patty Center parking lot Saturday night, as the costume entries included a running priest; eagles; cartoon characters Fred and Wilma Flinstone and Betty and Barney Rubble; outhouses made of cardboard boxes; and four women dressed as Oompa Loompas and Willy Wonka from the movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Peter Peterson kept the movie theme going by competing in the race as Gingy, the gingerbread man from the “Shrek” series.

The 26-year-old UAF graduate student has ran the race twice before but Saturday marked his first time in costume. “I haven’t been really running much, so I figured I would have fun with it,’’ said Peterson, who is working for a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry.

Scott Hall and Tristan Monterastelli, based on their costumes, are fans of horror movies and each other. Two weeks before their wedding in Anchorage, the UAF senior students came to the race as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. Hall painted his face and hands green, and Monterastelli, a senior chemistry major from Los Angeles, had macabre makeup to compliment her bridal wear.

“We wanted to some kind of bride-and-groom theme but we tried to figure out a way to make it not just boring,’’ said Hall, a 24-year mechanical engineering and German major from Anchorage.

“We wanted something really different and creative,” added the 22-year-old Monterastelli.

That seemed to be the objective of many contestants.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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