Unalaskans Celebrate Summer With Solstice Run

Jun 21, 2017


Runners line up to await the start of the Solstice Run.
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No sun? No problem.

Unalaskans celebrated midsummer last night in the annual Solstice run. Despite chilly temperatures and overcast skies, twenty runners finished the two-mile course.

Guillermo Curiel (left) and Jonathane Pereat (right) soak up some glory (if not any sun) as the top two finishers in the Solstice Run.
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Jonathane Pereat finished first in the men’s category, with a time of 13:37, beating second place finisher Guillermo Curiel by more than a minute.

For the women, first place finisher Cheyenne Stewart came in at 18:39, just two seconds before second place finisher Noelle Rucinski.

Eliza (3), and Midori (5), swept the Children's category of the Solstice Run.
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Race organizers tested new technology for keeping track of times this year. Each runner had a small radio frequency identification tag implanted in their bib. The tag automatically triggered a recording of their time as they crossed the finish line.

The RFID tech worked perfectly to record finish times, but there was a slight conflict between technology and team spirit. The tags inadvertently re-registered the presence of runners who stayed near the finish line to cheer on their fellow competitors.