Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:00 am
As Alaska celebrates its 50th year of statehood, the 25th annual Only Fools Run At Midnight road race will be held in Juneau at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Simultaneous races will be held in Ketchikan and Sitka, each community celebrating their 6th year of racing with Juneau.
In honor of statehood, the race will feature a 50-hectometer (five kilometer) run and a 5,050-foot (almost one mile) walk or wheel.
The event is a fundraiser for Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). Last year, the event raised $18,300 in Juneau, $8,600 in Ketchikan and $5,800 in Sitka. All proceeds stay in the community where they are raised and directly benefit the services and programs that SAIL offers.
Entrants are encouraged to dress up in costume for the race, especially around the theme of statehood. Prizes will be awarded to the best individual costumes as well as the best centipedes (groups in coordinating attire that connects five or more runners together).
Everyone is welcome to arrive early to watch the costume judging, which will take place at 10:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Prizes for the best dressed include local excursions, gift certificates and more. Participants need not be dressed to win, for door prizes will also be awarded to anyone in attendance.
In addition to fundraising through registration fees, participants are encouraged to gather funds through a pledge drive. Those who collect the most pledges will be awarded with prizes including tickets from Alaska Airlines.
Registration forms are available at all JRC and First Bank locations in Juneau. Pre-registration ends on June 25 at which point the registration fee will increase.
For more information call 586-4920 (Juneau), 225-4735 (Ketchikan), 747-6859 (Sitka) or visit www.sailinc.org.