Given the low temperature expected for Saturday morning, the distances involved will be cut in half. Total team distance will be 13.1 miles with each team member covering 3.28 miles.

When you turn the clock back every year at the end of daylight savings time, we take it as an extra hour to sleep in. When a leap year comes around every 4 years, we might think we have an extra day of rest and relaxation, kind of like a free day, a day to kick back. But that’s not how runners think. We take it as another day to get in a run with our buddies. RCN is launching a NEW “Leap Day Laps” run event this year to be run every February 29th. You don’t want to miss this one, because if you do, you’ll have to wait 4 years to get another chance!

So how about a marathon distance split 4 ways? That’s 6.55 miles for each leg. This is a 4-person team event. Only two requirements: a GPS tracking device of any type for each person and an appropriately wacky team name! Cell phone tracking apps will work, so if you don’t have a wrist GPS device, you have time to install a tracking app on your cell phone. Again, a tracking app for each team member is required. And we know from the Equinox relay, runners in Fairbanks are very creative with team names so see what you can come up with.

Each team has 4 runners, 1 for each leg. The first leg starts at the UAF Patty Center at 9:00 AM with subsequent legs starting at 10 minute intervals. The course is out and back so you’ll pass all your teammates along the way. Times for team members are added to determine placement. Registration starts at 8:30AM. Come with a team or form a team when you get there. When you register, list your team members as Leg 1, 2, 3, and 4. Once the race begins, the 10 minute intervals will go quick so be sure you’re there to start your leg at the appropriate time. Your time starts when your leg starts whether or not you do.

Saturday, February 29, 9AM at Patty Center. If you would like to volunteer to help or have any questions, contact George Berry, 687-8769.