Fairbanks' summer race schedule to look expectedly different this year

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Getting outdoors for some exercise is beneficial for both your mental and physical health while social distancing.

However, some of Fairbanks' favorite summer races will be at a later date, or not happening at all.

All events sponsored by Running Club North are canceled through the end of May for community safety, while other races have been postponed with hopes of them materializing at a later date.

Races that are canceled and will not be rescheduled by RCN include the Murphy Dome Roam, the Water Walk and Run, all Hoodoo Beer Runs, the Break Up Tri and the 40th annual Tok Trot. Other non-RCN events such as the Beat Beethoven 5k and the Chena River Run, both fundraisers, are hoping to take place later in the summer.

The second half of the summer race schedule could get congested, says Running Club North President Gary Pohl.

"If the season continues to be foreshortened by the virus and people want to reschedule, it is going to get to a point where 'well, there are no weekends open but you can go head-to-head against this other fundraiser or this other race' and people are going to have to choose which one they want to do."

RCN's cancelations abide by their affiliate, the Road Runners of America guidelines, which strongly recommends avoiding races until at least the beginning of June.

The Beat Beethoven 5k has been tentatively reschedule to September 12, according sportalaska.us, the same day as the Making Strides Against Cancer 5k Walk and the Troth Yeddha' Run for the Park.

"Once a year in October, after the running season is over, we have a big meeting with all the race directors and we try to sort out the calendar because there is never enough weekends to go around for everybody and trying to avoid conflicts." Pohl said.

The next Running Club North meeting is scheduled for April 27th to evaluate the remainder of the summer schedule.

"We have lots of trails here and we have lots places of to run...get out there and be safe." Pohl added.

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