HooDoo Half Marathon Race FAQ
Train. Race. Beer. Join us for the 6th annual HooDoo Half Marathon! We had to go virtual IN 2020, but we are looking forward to being in person again in 2021! So if you are looking for a super fun, good energy, point-to-point race in Fairbanks, Alaska, this is your event. Rain, sleet, snow, or shine – We will run for BEER! See below for all the information…
DATE: October 9, 2021, run, walk or jog 13.1 miles (21.1km)
START TIME/PLACE: one wave, 10 AM sharp at TRAX Outdoor Center, 310 Birch Hill Rd.
FINISH: HooDoo Brewing Co., 1951 Fox Ave.
TIME LIMIT: 5-hours
• $45 – 12 Days of Christmas Early Sign-up Special – December 14 through 25**
• $55 – December 26, 2020 – July 31, 2021 **
• $65 – August 1, 2021 – September 7, 2021 **
• $80 – September 8, 2021 – October 6, 2021
• $90 – October 7-8, 2021 (bib pick-up)
• $100 – October 9, 2021 (race day!)
HooDoo Half Marathon 2019 Race Tee from Brooks Running
• Quality long-sleeve tech race shirt printed locally by Jolly Roger, Inc.
• Reusable tote bag with sponsor swag
• 2 beer tokens and finisher glass after the finish from HooDoo
• Post-race snacks
• Real-time Chronotrack timing
• The ability to drop one bag at the start that will be tagged and transported to HooDoo for the finish (jacket, change of clothes, etc.)
• Shuttles by Premier Alaska Tours from the parking lot at the corner of Olnes St. and Phillips Field Rd. to TRAX Outdoor the morning of the race
COURSE & COURSE DESCRIPTION: Start at TRAX, cross the Steese Highway as a pack. Stay on Left-hand side of Farmers Loop Road and follow Farmers Loop all the way around! Ballaine Lake is at 7.5 miles and there will be refreshments and pottys there. At Tanana Drive make a right *Up.A.Hill* and onto the UAF campus. Meander through campus, come to a volunteer to direct you to take a right onto the path that will lead you toward West Valley High School (this walking path goes past the UAF Community Gardens). Take a left on Sandvik Street behind WVHS, follow Sandvik to the volunteers at the Pedestrian crossing light/crosswalk at University Ave. This will lead you to the bike path along the north side of the Johansen Expy. Take the bike path on your right that runs along Johansen Expy. Follow the bike path down to Peger, take a left on the bike path until it dead-ends at the railroad. Cross Peger Road and take a right onto Pegar, heading towards Phillips Field Road. Take a left on Phillips Field Road. Then take a left onto Nome Drive and finally right onto Fox Ave. *No crazy S curves at the end this year!* Finish at the Hoodoo Brewery parking lot on the right. #BEER
2019-HooDoo Half Marathon Alaska Course-Map
Route map for HooDoo Half Marathon 2019 by HooDoo Half Marathon on plotaroute.com
BIB-PICKUP / REGISTRATION: Bib Pickup will be Thursday, October 7 from 3-8pm at HooDoo Brewing Co. Alternatively, at Frosty Feet Running Co. on Friday, October 8 from 12-7pm, or day of the race from 8-9am at TRAX Outdoor Center, if you’re in a pinch. You can also always register the day of the race at TRAX before 9:30 AM, but why wait? Register early!
POST-RACE PARTY: We’ll have a large, heated tent for participants to hang out in and enjoy their well-deserved beers. Local food trucks are pay as you go, but participants will get a $1-off coupon a vendor on your bib. We will have an awards ceremony around 1 PM and awesome door prizes throughout. Friends and family are welcome to join participants for all the festivities, so bring your support crew!
REFUNDS: Sorry, in a “normal” year, there are no refunds if you don’t run/walk on race day. There are no transfers or deferrals as well. Of course, if we have another 2020, we will work with people!
AWARDS: Starting at 1 PM, at HooDoo, we will have our awards ceremony for the top 3 women’s and men’s finishers. Sweet, locally made awards are provided by our event supporter, the Alaska Wood Bowl Company.
Locally-made birch beer steins are given to the top 3 male and female finishers.
WALKERS: Walkers are welcome on the course and encouraged! If you go over the 5-hour time limit, not a huge deal as HooDoo will still be open, but the post-race festivities may be wrapping up.
STROLLERS/KIDS: By all means, get the kids involved. Strollers are allowed and encouraged! Kids 12 and under are FREE to participate with a parent/guardian, but they will not get race swag. For participants aged 13-20 see below.
PARTICIPANTS AGE 13 TO 20 YEARS OLD: For runners/walkers that want to race and will be between the ages of 13 and 20 at the time of race day, you can enter for a flat fee of $30. You get all the race support and the official tee-shirt (register by September 7 to guarantee the tee), but you won’t get a race bag with swag and beer tokens (of course!). Please note that you will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the post-race festivities and inside of HooDoo Brewing Co. To remain on the premises, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian – No exceptions.
DOGS/PETS: We love them, but please leave them at home.
SHUTTLES: Parking at TRAX Outdoor Center is EXTREMELY limited.*
There will be shuttles on race morning, so please take advantage of them. We will have shuttle info closer to race day.
* If you do not want to use the shuttles, please plan on getting dropped off at TRAX prior to start.
RESTROOMS: Restrooms will be at the start, finish and at the half-way point at Ballaine Lake.
HYDRATION STOPS: Pplan on stops every 2-3miles with water and Gatorade Endurance…and BEER at the end!
MEDICAL SUPPORT: We have been working with the city of Fairbanks on planning. They are aware of the race and on-call if needed. Volunteers will be on the course to assist.
RACE RESULTS: A race chip will be attached to each person’s bib. Please do not remove the timing chip. Please ensure that your bib is clearly visible on the front of your race apparel. It serves as a backup in the event that your timing chip does not function properly (this is not anticipated, but happens sometimes).
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO? Your registration fees also go toward providing a quality half-marathon race experience. We are paying professionals to provide real-time and accurate timing, which includes set up, bib printing and chip timing. Insurance, city permits, registration services, and participant swag is covered, too. HooDoo Brewing Co. is not taking any profits from registration fees. Any money left over will be put into a set-aside account for next year to build upon. We want this to be a high-quality and safe yearly event for Fairbanks that is fun for all.