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Northern Center’s Run for the Refuge Celebrates Arctic

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s 16th Annual Run for the Refuge brought together runners of all ages on Sunday, July 29. The race was a memorable celebration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through the boreal forest trails at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Click to see the results!

Northern Center’s Run for the Refuge Celebrates Arctic

(c) Ronn Murray Photography

Event Report

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s 16th Annual Run for the Refuge brought together runners of all ages on Sunday, July 29. The race was a memorable celebration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through the Boreal forest trails at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The first finisher of the 5K race was Lisa Carr with a time of 21 minutes, 33 seconds, followed shortly thereafter by the men’s 5K winner Mark Ross, with a time of 23 minutes, 13 seconds.  The winner of the 10K women’s race, Julia Mayer, finished in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Will Coleman took the men’s 10K race with a time of with a time of 41 minutes, 34 seconds. The top kids’ finisher of the 5K was Riley Williams, with a time of 29 minutes, 41 seconds. Jenna DiFolco won the kids’ 10K in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds.

A special congratulation to Landon Bicknell-Long for gathering the most pledges and winning a roundtrip ticket with Wright Air Service to see the Arctic Refuge!

Click here for race results!

child running

Northern Center’s Arctic Intern and race organizer Madeleine Boga started off the race by recognizing the Refuge for its immeasurable ecological and diverse and thriving populations of plants and animals that call it home. Princess Lucaj from the Gwich’in Steering Committee emphasized the Refuge’s cultural importance especially to the Gwich’in people who have relied on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for their traditional way of life 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.

Northern Center’s Run for the Refuge Celebrates Arctic

Will Coleman, 10K winner

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