The Midnight Sun Run begins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The 40th Annual Midnight Sun Run will begin at the Patty Center parking lot at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.
In preparation for the race, the UAF Police Department plans to close certain sections of the university to vehicle access early Saturday.
The Patty Center parking lot will close at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Nenana parking lot, which is located across Tanana Loop from the Patty Center lot, will close at 7 p.m.
Other roads on campus that will be closed to traffic on Saturday include Tanana Drive to Alumni Drive starting at 7 p.m. Thompson Drive to the round-a-bout will also close between 8 to 9 p.m. and Geist Road and Thompson will then close at the start of the race.
Alumni Drive will remain open, but traffic will be rerouted at the intersection at South Chandalar Drive from 9 to 10:30 p.m. to bypass the course.
An interactive UAF campus map with all roads listed above is available here.
Midnight Sun Run 10K Course Route
The Midnight Sun Run starts at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the UAF Patty Center parking lot.
Racers will then head west from the Patty Center down to Thompson Drive, then cross Geist Road to Loftus Road.
The races will turn east onto Birch Lane to Wilcox Avenue. At Wilcox Avenue racers will go north and continue to Geist Road, then turn back to the east at Geist Road.
Racers will cross University Avenue then run south in a closed lane on University Avenue to Geraghty Avenue.
At Geraghty Ave. turn to the east *then make an immediate right onto Marlin Street, then back to Geraghty Avenue* where the course continues to Bartlett Avenue.
From Bartlett Avenue the route continues on to Park Drive, to Riverview Drive, to Sunset Drive, around to Ivy Drive, then east pm Riverview Drive to the Peger Road bike path underpass.
Racers will follow the bike path under Peger Road to Pioneer Park and the finish line.
*Please note: The course will have a minor change to accommodate construction on Geraghty Avenue. The finish line will still be in front of the Dance Hall at Pioneer park. The start line will be adjusted to ensure a 6.2 mile / 10K course. Mile markers will see adjustments, also.
If this sounds all too confusing, don’t worry. The course will be well marked and there will be a lot of people running the race and a lot of observers on the side lines.
Race participants can park at either end of the race and use the free shuttle service provided by Princess Cruises & Tours.
For complete information on the Midnight Sun Run be sure to visit their website.
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