The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run is one of the highlights of the annual Midnight Sun Festival in the Golden Heart City.

It’s also an event that attracts more than 3,000 participants from around the state, nation and world. Among the participants are serious runners and those who want to take a leisurely stroll during the race conducted on the longest day of the year.

This year’s 36th edition of the 10-kilometer race begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The starting line is in front of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center, and the finish line is at the Square Dance Hall inside Pioneer Park.

Wendy Cloyd, who helps coordinate the race, has described the Midnight Sun Run as “kind of a big party for the city.”

The race’s costume contest supports that distinction.

This year’s contest has three categories — Alaska Frontier Days, I Love Music and Anything Goes!

There are divisions for individuals, teams of up to four people, and for children 12 and under. Local businesses sponsor prizes for the best costumes.

Another fun aspect of the race is that the course runs through neighborhoods where residents come out to cheer on the participants.

A pair of Fairbanks runners won last year. Rick Lader was first overall in 32 minutes, 3 seconds and Kendall Kramer, a West Valley High School student and one of the top junior Nordic skiers in the nation, was the women’s winner in 38:12.

Registration and more information about the race is available at