20th Annual Run for the Refuge
Since 1997, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) has held an annual family fun run to support and promote the importance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska.
FAIRBANKS, AK— Since 1997, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) has held an annual family fun run to support and promote the importance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska. This year’s run marks the 20th anniversary of the event and coincides with the 45th anniversary of the environmental center. The race takes place on July 17 at 1:00 pm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, on the UAF ski trails. Pre-registration for the event can be completed online at www.northern.org, by calling (907) 452-5021, or stopping by the Northern Center’s office at 830 College Road. Race day registration and bib pickup will be available at 12:00 pm in the UAF Ski Hut.
On Friday, July 15 at Hot Licks on College Road there will be a registration and bib pick up event from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. For every scoop of Arctic Refuge Berry Snap purchased during the registration event, Hot Licks will generously donate $1 to the Run for the Refuge.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Arctic Refuge) is home to the Porcupine Caribou Herd and is a unique place to experience wilderness unlike any on earth. In January 2015, the President recommended a Wilderness designation for an additional 12.28 million acres of the Arctic Refuge, helping to ensure this intact ecosystem remains untrammeled for future generations of Alaskans and visitors. “Our national refuges are public lands that belong to us all. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge stands out as the most pristine, biologically diverse, and culturally important refuge we can all enjoy. Our job at the Northern Center is make sure people understand its importance and value,” says Northern Center program director Jessica Girard. “The annual Run for the Refuge is a celebration of this place and an opportunity to draw attention to the need to permanently protect it.”
Each year the run is generously sponsored by our local business community and this year we are supported by Sipping Streams Tea Company, Wright’s Air Service, Warbelow’s Air Ventures, Nomadic Stars, North Pole Veterinary Hospital, Test the Waters, Stan Stephens Cruises, the Alaska Club, and several others.