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Only Fools Run at Midnight


June 19, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - A family dressed as sled dog team, six grown men wearing cardboard beer cans forming a six-pack, and a young woman painted green carrying a torch! Is it a Halloween party? Or maybe a fraternity event?

These costumes and more can be sighted at the 6th Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight Family Fun Run, guaranteed to have more fools running than every before. This year, we are celebrating Alaska's 50th Anniversary by offering two special Costume Categories for individuals and groups of five or more dressed in Alaska-themed Costumes!

On June 27th at 11:59 p.m., hundreds of Ketchikan residents will gather at the Southeast Discovery Center for a 5K run or 1-mile walk dressed in wild and crazy costumes to raise funds for the local branch of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). According to a news release, SAIL's mission is to empower Southeast Alaskans with disabilities by providing and promoting options to live as active, productive, and involved citizens in their community of choice.

Thanks to many local businesses, prizes are awarded to more than half of the participants- pledge collectors, race participants, and those in costume. This includes centipedes (5 or more runners or walkers connected in some way). More than 200 people participated in this event in 2008.

An Only Fools Run standard, the t-shirt has gained a cult status among participants, and this year it honors the 50th Anniversary of Alaska's statehood. The first 150 pre-registered participants will receive one of the in-demand shirts!


Early registration, by June 25th:

Adult $20
Youth (14 & under) $10
Family of 4 $50

Register June 26th or 27th

Adult $25
Youth $12
Family of 4 $60

Runners, walkers, and rollers can register at the SAIL office at 602 Dock Street, Suite 107, online at, Fat Stan's, and the Recreation Center. On June 27th, registration begins at 10:30 p.m. at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

For those who want to be part of all the fun but don't want to run, walk, or roll, SAIL needs volunteers to help pull off this big community event- from a route set-up crew to costume judges and everything in-between. Volunteers will get a free t-shirt for their help


SAIL office at 225-4735



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