Celebrate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at the 24th Run for the Refuge. The Northern Alaska Environmental Center is taking the event virtual this year. People can participate by running, walking, hiking, biking, or paddling a 5K or 10K route of their own choosing, or can choose a route sponsored by local organizations. Participants can choose any time between July 24 -26 to do their route

Fairbanks Paddlers is sponsoring two paddling routes on the Chena through Fairbanks:

10 K – Barnette Bridge to Pikes Landing

The 10 km route starts at the end of Turner Street just downstream of the Barnette Street bridge on the north side of the Chena. It finishes at Pikes Landing.

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5 K – Graehl Landing to Pioneer Park

To make this popular float an honest 5 km, put in at the boat landing at Graehl Park near Front Street and Forty Mile Ave. Paddle upstream to the upstream side of Steese Highway Bridge, then turn your boat around and paddle downstream to Pioneer Park just upstream of the Peger Road bridge. You could get creative and turn this into a 10k paddle & pedal route if you pick a 5 k bike shuttle route back to the put-in.

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Sign Up Online – Get Great Swag!

Register Online for the 24th Annual Run for the Refuge on RunSignup.
Deadline to sign up is July 21.

All registrants, regardless of location, will receive Run for the Refuge t-shirts with our 2020 artwork, coming soon.  We will give details for mailing or pick up of race materials as we decide how best to do so.

$25 for Adults, $15 for 12 & under.  Includes choice of t-shirt or hat, or long sleeved t-shirt for an extra $7 (this adds $0.50 to the race fee as it is calculated by RunSignup as a percentage.)  All registrants 12 & under will receive t-shirts.

Run Packets will be mailed for all outside of Fairbanks registrants. For those in Fairbanks, we will arrange a socially distant pick up day, or we can mail your packet.

Join our Facebook Event Page to discuss your routes and get inspired.  Use #RunForTheRefuge and tag @TheNorthernCenter so we can see your adventures!

Support the conservation of Alaska’s largest refuge by participating in this fun, family-friendly event!

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Events Coordinator, Caitlin Lenahan, at events@northern.org

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