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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:18 pm | Updated: 1:15 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—The first Equinox Marathon training run of the summer is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday starting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.

It’s the first of eight training runs designed to cover the entire Equinox Marathon trail, leading up to the Sept. 17 event, a 26.2-mile race from the Patty Center to the top of Ester Dome and back.

The first run follows the Equinox trail to Mile 5 at the Musk Ox Farm and then heads back into campus via the t-field, then reconnects to the Equinox trail for the run down Butrovich hill to the finish line at the Patty Center.

The training runs are held at 6 p.m. every Thursday, with the final session being an 11 or 16-mile run starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.

There is no cost to participate in the training runs.

For more information contact Dee Daniels at 347-7277.

Run of the Valkyries

Friday is he final day to register for Saturday’s Run of the Valkyries, an 8-kilometer race that starts and finishes at Pioneer Park

The entry fee is $25 and entry forms are available at Beaver Sports, Play It Again Sports and Wooly Rhino. Online registration at www.active.com, closes at 11:59 tonight.

Bib pickup is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Wooly Rhino, 250 Third St., Suite 6.

The race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and follows the Chena River bike path to downtown Fairbanks and back.

For more information, call Opera Fairbanks at 479-7372.

Hatcher Pass Marathon

Jane Lanford of Fairbanks finished second in the women’s division and 12th overall in the inaugural Hatcher Pass Marathon and Relay Saturday.

Lanford, who said the course was just about as difficult as the Equinox Marathon, finished the race in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, a little more than two minutes behind winner Kimberly Beaman.

Beaman, 24, crossed the finish line in 4:02:21.

Sam Tilly, 25, won the marathon in 3:00:58. Twenty-nine runners completed the race.

The relay team comprised of Christie Haupert, David Apperson and Matias Saari finished second in 3:06:53. The team of Calvin Edward, Noah Ripley and Chris Osiensky won the relay in 3:05:21.

Golden Mile

The Alyeska Golden Mile to benefit the Literacy Council of Alaska kicks off the Golden Days Parade, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. The course following the parade route through downtown Fairbanks.

The race starts at the Aurora Energy plant in downtown Fairbanks and finishes at 12th Avenue and Noble Street.

All participants will receive a bookmark for free books at Forget-Me-Not Books and will be eligible to win prizes after the race.

Entry forms can be picked up at Beaver Sports, Play It Again Sports, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Recreation Center and the Literacy Council of Alaska at 517 Gafney Road. Forms can be downloaded at www.literacycouncilofalaska.org.

Early registration and bib pickup is from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Literacy Council of Alaska.

The entry fee is $25 per family, $15 for adults and $10 for children. An additional $5 will be added for anyone who registers after July 20.

Race day registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Aurora Energy plant.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the event. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact race director Jim Brader at 452-4986 or by email at jimbrader@mosquitonet.com.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help mark the course for the July 24 Gold Discovery Run, a 16.5-mile run from near the entrance to Fort Knox Mine to the Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox.

The course will be marked on July 23 starting at 1 p.m.

Race director Gary Pohl said if there are any runners who have a four-wheeler and are available at that time, the help would be greatly appreciated.

The trail marking efforts involve the first seven miles of the course on Gilmore Dome along the old mining roads, and include setting the mile markers and directional signs. There may be some mild trail clearing.

The work usually takes about three hours.

Anyone interested should contact Pohl at 388-8085.

Jingle Bells results

Results of Saturday’s Jingle Bells 5K Run for Athritis will be published when available. Race officials and timers are working diligently to make sure all of the results are correct.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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