July 21, 2012 Top of the World Midnight Marathon
Last night Kim and I were inaugural athletes in the first ever Top of the World Midnight Marathon! Barrow does have a race as part of their Independence Day activities, but this event was sponsored by Runner's World and had water stations, medical support, and police presence (to protect the wildlife from runners and probably vice versa) And since Barrow has 24 hour sunlight, why not race at midnight!
Although we're not professional athletes; we just look like ones, Kim and I put up quite the fight against the 65 other racers. We figured we had been training ever since we landed in Barrow, considering the 3 mile trek into the tundra every day for our research.
So despite the fact that the water station refused to serve Kim, because she was told the water was reserved for 1/2 marathoners only, we felt victorious as we crossed the finish line!
As you can see from the map, the route took us past all my favorite spots around Barrow - the AC grocery store, Osaka Japanese restaurant, and some of the Arctic Ocean. Participants were a mix of locals, including their children, lots of scientist researchers, and even a few running enthusiasts who came up just for the event. Registration fees for the event were donated to charity!
So now the day after, I still feel like a winner, but my legs are so sore!