Running of the Moskus this weekend!

Charge! Last year's inaugural Running of the Moskus raised more than $3,000 for local schools. Photo: Audrey Jo Mills On Sunday, Aug. 18, arctic program personnel in Kangerlussuaq will celebrate the end of summer by hosting one of the northern-most half marathon and 5-kilometer races at the 2013 Running of the Moskus. CH2MHILL, the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing and Polar Field Services are sponsors.

The event, which will be held this Sunday, is fun for the entire family. Photo: Audrey Jo Mills

Now in its second year, the event benefits the Kangerlussuaq School and the students’ annual trip to Denmark. Last year, the races raised more than $3,000 and drew more than 50 runners—not bad for a town whose population is 500! The Greenlandic students were very grateful for the support and sent a thank you note complete with a trip summary!

As the hub for activities supporting U.S. National Science Foundation-supported research in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq is a familiar place to Arctic program support staff. They conceived the benefit in 2012 as a way of reciprocating the generosity of the local Kangerlussuaq community.

So, where will you go to log 13.1 miles?

Ask yourself: when is the last time I started a race by the ice cap? Photo: Audrey Jo Mills

The half-marathon route begins near the ice cap on a dirt road and meanders through tundra-covered hills and glacial bedrock as it follows the Watson River into Kangerlussuaq. The finish line is in front of the Kangerlussuaq International Science Support (KISS) building.

After the run, participants, volunteers, and community members are invited to enjoy a post-race BBQ and awards ceremony, complete with music and games.

Interested? Sign up!

Best of all you don’t even need to be in Greenland to run it. That’s right, you can be a “virtual racer,” and if you’re not inspired to run but still want to support the cause, you can join the “Cheering Squad.”

Get all the details here at the website.

And then hop over to Facebook and join the Running of the Moskus Facebook Group. See you this weekend!