1994

In by Alex Bourne

It was the Midnight Sun Run, but there was no sun. Temperatures were around 50 degrees and winds were up to 15 MPH, leading some to compare the weather to that of the kind found during the Equinox Marathon. The women?s crown stayed home this year, as Kelly Larimore won her field with a time of 39:06. Anchorage runner Andy …

1993

In by Alex Bourne

Emil Magallanes, a smokejumper from Idaho, won the men?s division despite the fact that he had just finished smokejumping less than a week before the start of the race. Magallanes? time was 32:51, and Anchorage runner Lisa Keller won the women?s race with a time of 37:20.

1992

In by Alex Bourne

The winners of the 1990 race repeated their victories for the 1992 race, with Sue Forbes winning the women?s crown with a time of 38:51 and Rick Wilhelm winning the men?s race with a time of 30:20. Wilhelm is the last MSR runner to break the 31:00 mark to date.

1991

In by Alex Bourne

The 1991 race was one of the hottest ones to date, with temperatures at start time ranging from the mid to high 80s. Invited runner John Koningh took first with a time of 31:16 while Sarah Gish won the women?s division with a time of 38:44. The News-Miner estimated that close to 3,700 participants took part in that year?s race, …

1990

In by Alex Bourne

Two former Lathrop runners, both of whom had participated in the inaugural run, went head to head in the men?s division. Victory went to the oldest, with Rick Wilhelm (Lathrop class of 1984) won with a time of 31:10 and Mike Kramer (Lathrop class of 1986) came in second with a time of 31:30. ?Just like old times,? smiled Kramer …

1989

In by Alex Bourne

The Murph is back! This time, Bob beat out an Outside runner who was not adorned in costume. Murphy won his second MSR with a time of 31:20, 19 second faster than runner up Gary Borbon. The woman?s race was won by Leslie Lewis with a time of 34:50.

1988

In by Alex Bourne

In 1988 the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run was born, as the newspaper came on board as the main sponsor. About 2,200 participants joined the run, which has now earned a reputation as being the premier race in the state of Alaska. Victories that year, as was so often the case, went to Outside runners, with the men?s victory …

1987

In by Alex Bourne

Race participation was up to 1,500 runners and walkers, and for the first time since the inaugural run, first place went to a local runner. Fairbanks schoolteacher Bob Murphy, a legend among Fairbanks runners, won the race with a time of 31:10. While happy with his time, Murphy told the News-Miner that he probably would not have gotten the victory …

1986

In by Alex Bourne

The race finish switched to the Immaculate Conception Church on Illinois Street, and became an officially certified race that year. Grayline of Alaska came on board as a sponsor to provide shuttles for runners. Outside runner Benji Durden won the men?s division with time of 30:16 while Ditz repeated at the woman?s champ with a time of 34:23.

1985

In by Alex Bourne

Participation was up to 800 people. 1984 runner-up Ron Gilooly finished with a time of 29:48. Outside runner Nancy Ditz was the first woman finisher with a time of 34:06. Surprisingly, the News-Miner did not publish any results beyond the Top Three Finishers, an action that spurred a letter to the editor asking to have all results printed. Since then …