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21st Annual Run for the Refuge

Posted by Northern Center at Jul 07, 2017 08:12 PM |

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) is hosting our 21st Annual Run for the Refuge, a 5K/10K trail race on Sunday, July 16th, starting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski hut on the West Ridge of campus.

Fairbanks, AK—The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) is hosting our 21st Annual Run for the Refuge, a 5K/10K trail race on Sunday, July 16th, starting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski hut on the West Ridge of campus. Race-day registration begins at 12:00 pm and the race starts at 1:00 pm. The run is a celebration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that brings together our community with the support of local businesses. More information and registration can be found at www.northern.org.

Come join us for our bib pick-up and registration event at Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream on College Road between 7 and 9pm on Friday, July 14th. During the event, Hot Licks will be donating proceeds from the sale of the seasonal flavor Arctic Refuge Wildberry Snap to the Northern Center.

The Arctic National Wildlife Range was established in 1960 by President Eisenhower to preserve and support the diverse and thriving populations of plants and animals that call this place home. In 1980 it was made the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with the passage of ANILCA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The coastal plain supports vital caribou birthing and nursery grounds, polar bear dens, and migratory bird habitats. The Refuge has immeasurable ecological and cultural values, especially to the Gwich’in and Iñupiat people who have relied on the area for subsistence and culture for thousands of years. The Refuge also supports a prosperous and sustainable economy of ecotourism, guided hunting, recreation, and is a scientific benchmark in a time of rapid climate change.

President Trump’s proposed 2018 Federal Budget includes opening the Refuge to gas and oil leasing. Both the Alaska Legislature and the Federal government continue to introduce legislation that would undo years of protection. Despite this, many Alaskans remain committed to defending this ecologically rich region. The Run for the Refuge highlights the importance of protecting this place, now and for future generations. The Northern Center is encouraging the community to join us on July 16th and forge conservation and climate change action while running or walking through the boreal forests of Fairbanks.

The 2017 Run for the Refuge is proudly sponsored by Goldstream Sports, Hot Licks Ice Cream, Wright Air Service, Warbelow’s Air, North Pole Physical Therapy,  and many more.

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