Alaska Endurance Trail Run

Event type and distance: 
Fixed Time Endurance Run
Race Date : 
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Race Start time for each distance: 
24 hour: Friday, 8PM. 12 hour: Saturday, 8AM. 6 hour: either 8 AM or 2PM Saturday.
Name of park, lake or trail : 

UAF West Ridge Trails

Event Venue: 
University of Alaska Fairbanks
City, state and zip: 

Fairbanks, AK 99775

Alaska Endurance Trail Race runners
Registration dates: 
Starting 1/20/2017. Closes 5/31/2017.
Month, day and year of race: 
June 2-3, 2017
Running club race calendar: 
Swag, t-shirt sizes: 
Technical t-shirts and other goodies
Race Day Parking: 
Free, near the starting area
Link to the results from previous years: 
Race director: 
Don Kiely
How many years has this race been held: 
2
Difficulty: 
Moderate hills on generally good trails, some mild technical sections, mainly roots
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Welcome to the Alaska Endurance Trail Run!

2017 is the second year for the Alaska Endurance Trail Run. It is a timed race, meaning that runners race the clock to see how far you can go in the allotted time. There are three options: a 6-hour race, a 12-hour race, and, new for this year, a 24-hour race; sign up for any of the three. Most races will finish at the same time, which should make for an exciting completion of the day (particularly for our timers!). Immediately following the finish, the post-race BBQ party will start, with the awards ceremony as soon as results are ready.

Also new this year: 6-hour racers can opt to start at either 8AM or 2PM on Saturday.

The starting area will be near the parking lot behind the International Arctic Research Center. This is the building adjacent to and on the north side of the Geophysical Institute in the upper campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The address is 930 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Course Information

The main AETR course consists of a roughly 6 mile loop on the trails of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) West Ridge. This is a world-class Nordic ski area during the winter, so the trails are well-maintained and reasonably smooth, with gravel, grass, and forest duff surfaces. They pass through heavily forested areas, open fields, and meadows, so there is plenty of variety to keep your interest during the run. There are no road crossings, other than a couple of gravel maintenance roads, and the only concrete is a short section (maybe 300 feet) along a paved bike path on the east side of the course to get around Ballaine Lake. Even there, you can run alongside the bike path on gravel or grass.

The trails are mildly technical in places, mainly with roots but also with the occasional fallen branches and trees. Depending on how spring breakup goes, and how much rain we get leading up to the event, there may be some soggy spots.

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