During the 5k run (happening under the midnight sun, around 11pm) one runner displayed amazing dedication. Farrell Pope, high school student in Inuvik, completed the run despite a broken leg.
It was the highlight of the year. Pure, positive-thinking sportsmanship.
The Midnight Sun Run happened a few weeks ago at the end of June.
Runners can complete a 5k, 10k and 21k (half-marathon) starting at 10pm. The run happens at the peak of 24-hour sunlight.
Third photo courtesy Merven Gruben: Ultra-marathon runner Alicja Barahona ran 370 km from Inuvik to Tuk and back in under a week.
Local runners took a bus and ran alongside her, for the last 30km of her journey.
The fundraiser — which took place at -30 —- gathered almost $20,000 for the Inuvik Homeless Shelter.
These photos were taken today by running coach Cynthia J. Wicks (at bottom right). As you can see, Inuvik has an outdoor jogging club which continues year-round. It’s probably the northernmost chapter of the Running Room group which has sessions across Canada twice a week.
Saturday mornings are reserved for long, slow-paced distance runs. Today instead of jogging around town, we ran at a slow pace for 12 kilometres on the ice road, going towards Tuktoyaktuk and then turning back.
The method is ten minutes of running, then one minute of walking to cool down.
It’s an exhilarating experience to run outdoors in the winter, because your hair and eyelashes can freeze up. Still, your body produces a lot of heat so it’s not uncomfortable.
Many people (myself included!) are building up to this summer’s Midnight Sun Fun Run half-marathon.