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Dusk 2 Dawn running event to take place virtually over 3 days

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 7:39 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Dusk 2 Dawn, or Dawn 2 Dusk depending on the time of year, commemorates each of the winter and summer solstices respectively. During the Dawn 2 Dusk event, participants cover as much ground as they can during the hours of ‘night’ on the summer solstice (which is technically civil twilight as there is no true nighttime). Although the 2020 version of Dawn 2 Dusk was canceled, the event would have taken place between 12:47 a.m. to 2:58 a.m. (2 hours, 11 minutes).

During the Dusk 2 Dawn race, participants see how far they can go during the hours of daylight on the winter solstice, which will be on Saturday from 10:58 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. this year for a total of 3 hours, 41 minutes and 58 seconds on the dot.

After the cancellation of the Dawn 2 Dusk in June, the Dusk 2 Dawn event will go virtual over a three-day period from December 19-21. There is an in-person kickoff however, starting at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, the official time of sunrise, at the Frosty Feet running store. Those who do not partake in the kick off can still participate, as individuals are to track how far they can go for 3:41:58 anytime between Saturday and Monday.

Typically, the event’s course winds through the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, but this year, participants can roam wherever they please.

“I said ‘hey, go down to Fred Meyer, walk inside, keep moving, keep your meter running, go wherever you want to go.’” said Dusk 2 Dawn coordinator George Berry. “My mantra for entering and doing this event has been, ‘just stay engaged, stay engaged in the process.’”

As a virtual event, participants will notify Berry via text of their completion and miles covered, where the top men’s and women’s finishers will be recognized. Due to the fact that is virtual, placement will be by the honor system, so where people finish is less important than in years past.

“Now that most everyone has a cell phone that can do the GPS tracking and the time, I have just turned people loose. Just stay engaged and mobile during the timeframe of 3 hours and 48 minutes. It is open to anybody, no fees.”

Certificates of completion and neck gators will be provided for those who participate.

“It is something unique for area being such a short official daytime hours and in the summertime official nighttime hours, it doesn’t happen other than other arctic, northern latitude places in the world.”

More information about the Dusk 2 Dawn event can visit runningclubnorth.org.

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