Thousands compete in annual Midnight Sun Run

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The 37th Annual Midnight Sun Run took place on Saturday Night.
3,314 competitors left the starting line at the UAF Patty Center at 10pm and embarked on the 10 Kilometer course to Pioneer Park. ​
Out of those thousands of competitors, the top racer for both classes finished in less than 40 minutes. ​
The top overall finisher was Riley Howard. ​
Howard, a runner from Anchorage who came up for the event. ​
He finished in 32 minutes and 16 seconds. ​
UAF runner Ti Donaldson was the second male competitor to cross the finish line, finishing in 33 minutes and 27 seconds. ​
Tobias Albrigtsen took third just 23 seconds later. ​
For the female competitors, 2017 winner and former West Valley runner Molly Callahan came back for the win, finishing in 35 minutes and 40 seconds. ​
The biggest surprise of the race may have been Kendall Kramer finishing in second place for the Women's Division. ​
Last year's female champion finished in 36 minutes and 9 seconds to take second for the 2019 race. ​
Melanie Nussbaumer rounded out the top three for the female class with a time of 38 minutes and 59 seconds. ​
We caught up to Howard and Callahan after taking the top spots in this year's Solstice Tradition. ​
"Great, it was so fun. It was, I didn't know what to expect. It's always a fun race, but I didn't know how I felt today or for what my fitness was like. I was really pleasantly surprised," Callahan.
"It's pretty excited, there was a lot of people on the course. I was tired and I always wanted to do this race, good first time. Really good, nice temperature, it wasn't cold, but no rain, no sun it was nice," said Howard.