Course Details

39th Annual Midnight Sun Run Virtual 10K
June 18th through June 21st

We’ll miss seeing you in person this year, but a virtual race will still allow you to take part in summer fun under the midnight sun!

You will have a set period of time – Friday, June 18th through Monday, June 21st  – to complete 10K (6.2 miles) in a location and walking/running route of your choosing. You will then upload your time to a link provided by the Athlinks race platform. Results will be displayed just as they would be for the typical event. Athlinks will send you information about how it all works. In the meantime, if you have questions, please direct them to or call 907-456-8901.


Safety Tips for Virtual Runners

Before the Race
  1. Choose a safe route away from high-traffic areas, busy intersections and is likely to be the least crowded during the time you are running.
  2. Map out your route ahead of time. You can do this in a few ways. It is not recommended to use your car, because a car travels along a different path than a walker or a runner. Try these ideas:
  • Ride your bike along your prospective route. Use a GPS tracking app to log your distance.
  • As you are training for this 10K, use a tracking app to measure different routes.
  • Take a lot of walks and measure the distances with a tracking app.
  • Use a program like to map out your prospective route. On The Go Map is super easy to use. You put a dot where you want to start then plot it out by adding dots to your chosen path. It tracks the miles as you go. You can "undo" all the way back and start over, too.
On Your Race Day
  1. Bring hydration! You won’t have the benefit of traditional water stops. But maybe don’t overdo the hydration. Remember, you won’t have Porta Potties along the route, either!
  2. Refrain from touching the “walk” button at intersections, if you can. If you need to push it, use your elbow.
  3. Practice physical distancing from those who are not within your immediate family and friends “bubble.” Droplets carry further when someone is breathing hard due to exertion. Consider staying 10 to 12 feet away from others who are not in your family and friends bubble.
  4. Bring a face covering. If you are away from others, you can pull it down. If you encounter a group, pull it up before you get within 12 feet. Once you are away, you can pull it back down.
  5. Wash your hands as soon as possible.

Starting Line

The Starting Line is sponsored by Chevrolet Buick GMC of Fairbanks. The race starts at 10:00pm, but be sure to get there early for the pre-race fun! There will be live music, a Jazzercise warm-up and a Costume Contest. Look for the Kids Zone, the Out-of-Towners Tent and the Midnight Sun Run merchandise tent!

Time Event Location
4pm – 9pm Registration and Bib Pickup UAF Patty Center
7:30pm Starting Line Activities UAF Patty Center
10:00pm Race Start Time UAF Patty Center

PARKING & SHUTTLES: Race participants can park at either end of the race and use the free shuttle service provided by Princess Cruises & Tours.

Start Line Parking at West Valley HS (short walk to Start Line) Post-race Shuttle Bus Schedule from Pioneer Park to UAF-Fairbanks St. People can find the shuttle by walking out the main entrance of Pioneer Park toward the road. The shuttles will park near the city bus transit stop. 11:30 p.m., 12 midnight, 12:30 a.m., 1:00 a.m.-last bus.

Please arrive at the bus stop early and be mindful of all posted parking restrictions. Car pool if you can.

SAVE MONEY & SKIP THE LINES! Early registration is now available online. Registration fee increases June 19.

Finish Line

The Finish Line is sponsored by Umialik Insurance Company and will be directly in front of the Square Dance Hall inside Pioneer Park.

Runner Services, provided by LifeMed Alaska and Alaska Center for Natural Medicine, will be adjacent to the Finish Line and will include fruit, water, Powerade, and medical services.

PARKING & SHUTTLES: Race participants can park at either end of the race and use the free shuttle service provided by Princess Cruises & Tours.

Finish Line Parking at Carlson Center – Take shuttle bus from Carlson Center to UAF-Fairbanks St, short walk to Start Line
Pre-race Shuttle Bus Schedule from Carlson Center to UAF-Fairbanks St.
7:30 pm, 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-last bus

Please arrive at the bus stop early and be mindful of all posted parking restrictions. Car pool if you can.

Race Course

The Annual 10K Midnight Sun Race will start at the UAF Patty Center at 10PM. From there, racers head West from the Patty Center down Thompson Drive, then cross Geist Road to Loftus Road. The race will turn East onto Birch Laneto Wilcox Ave. At Wilcox Ave. racers will turn North and continue to Geist Road then turn back to the East at Geist Road. Racers cross University Ave. then run South in a closed lane on University Ave. to Geraghty Ave. Racers will turn to the East onto Geraghty Ave. and continue to Bartlett Ave.  From there the route is Bartlett Ave. to Park Drive to Kiska Drive to Riverview Drive to Sunset Drive around to Ivy Drive then East on Riverview Drive to the Peger Road bike path underpass. Racers follow the bike path under Peger Road to Pioneer Park and the finish line.

Midnight Sun Run 2019 Map