Runners Brave Alaskan Dawn To Dusk Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM UTC
Alaskan runners tried to see how many loops they could run for a few hours in the Dusk to Dawn race. Photo:

Conditions were as cold as 35 below zero.

Alaska probably isn’t the warmest place to run an outdoor race right now. Still, that didn’t deter participants from running the Dawn to Dusk Run in Fairbanks earlier this month.

The challenge for runners was to see how many 3-mile loops they could complete from 11am to 2:41 p.m. The course started and finished at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Great Hall.

According to a report on, the conditions for the runners ranged from 25 to 35 below zero.

Nancy Fresco won the women’s race, while Ron Koczaja prevailed in the men’s event.

Fresco managed six laps around the course. Rival Karen Taber covered the same distance, but Fresco was faster.

Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Koczaja made it look easy with eight laps.

In addition to the individual winners, the race also held a team competition. Running Late, which happened to be the race’s sponsor, won that category.

The team scoring was completed by adding the number of miles each member ran divided by the number of participants.


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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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