Three Blind Mice: Donna, Basia, Eva
On solstice day (June 21), parts of Alaska enjoy 24 hours of daylight. My sisters Donna and Eva came up from the lower 48 to join me in celebrating solstice weekend with a Midnight Sun Run in the city of Fairbanks. Over 3000 runners/walkers participated in the 10K (6.2 miles) race, which starts at 10 PM and runs into the night.
Costumes are encouraged, so the Kruszewska sisters became Team Three Blind Mice (See How They Run, Blinded by the Midnight Sun).
What middle of the night looks like in Fairbanks:
My favorite costume was this Midnight Sun team.
TV show characters were well represented, including the maids of Downtown Abbey.
Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift arrived with their chauffeur.
The Miami Mushing team brought their own version of the Alaskan dog sled.
One Night Stand got the biggest round of applause from the audience.
Team Three Blind Mice, moments before the start of the run.
Sisters Eva (from California) and Donna (from Texas) on the course.
The course wound through residential Fairbanks. The most amazing part was that all along the route, Fairbanksians were out in full force throughout the night, providing entertainment, encouragement, and support. It was one big midnight block party.
Team (Drunk) America brought their own booze, and stopped for frequent smoke breaks and pee runs into the woods.
This one-man high-five station sat in the middle of the road and provided high-fives to runners on each side.
The night was comfortably cool, but sprayers were available in case you needed a cooldown.
No, you are not there yet. Darn.
Team Three Blind Mice crossed the finish line shortly after midnight. We didn't set any records, but we all finished!
We even earned a mention in the race writeup in the city newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News Miner: