celebrating the

100th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Fairbanks

The Gold Discovery Run course was completely redesigned last year, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Felix Pedro's discovery of gold; this year we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Fairbanks (first things first). Instead of following the paved Steese Highway, from the Felix Pedro Gold Discovery Monument into downtown Fairbanks, the new course utilizes trails and backroads, lying along the ridges above the creek where Felix Pedro discovered gold in 1902. The new 16.5-mile course starts at the Fort Knox mine haul road. It follows the former Fairbanks to Circle City mining trail over rolling to steep terrain thru the forests for 7-1/2 miles. After intersecting Gilmore Trail the course follows Gilmore and then Gold Mine Trail, to it's intersection with the Steese Highway, near mile 14.5. The last 2 miles follow the Steese and Old Steese Highways to the Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox..

busses departed the Silver Gulch Brewery between 7:15 am and 8:30 am;
there were two race starts from the Fort Knox Mine Road - shortly after8 am and 9 am

Sunny skies 60° - 80° F Mostly calm Wet trail in places, and progressively hotter thru the race (just like 2002)

Sunrise: Total Possible Daylight:

19 hours 37 minutes

Loss: 7 minutes
4:07 AM
11:44 PM

Overall & Age Group Results

Busses loading at Silver Gulch

Pre-race instructions

Pacers head down the trail before the start

Photos and editing courtesy of JFM Videos

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