In the winter, sled dog racing is probably the biggest sport in the city. Though the Iditarod does not pass through Fairbanks, there are many other competitions that are held around here. The busiest months for sled dog racing are February and March.

Once the weather starts getting warmer, consider taking a river cruise on the Chena as a way to enjoy some of the unspoiled Alaskan scenery. If being on a large boat sounds too crowded, you can also explore the waters alone by renting a kayak, raft or small boat. Companies such as Alaska Outdoors Rentals (907-457-2453) will rent you the appropriate watercraft for such an adventure. These companies also have other sporting equipment such as bicycles for rent, as biking and hiking tend to be popular summertime activities. Try Creamer’s Field on College Road, which has many good trails and also serves as a nesting site for many birds.

Several marathons and long-distances runs occur during the summer in Fairbanks. There is the Equinox Marathon and Midnight Sun Run in late June, and the Chena River 5K in May.

Those who like golf will enjoy the North Star Golf Club, which claims to be the world’s northernmost golf club. Ski enthusiasts will also find havens for their own sport at Moose Mountain Ski Area, Mt. Aurora Skiland or the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.