Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Mark your calendars, it will be a special year!
Details will follow this fall
285 skiers successfully raced against Chena River break-up to finish the 29th annual Sonot Kkaazoot
Photos and stories below.
Please return on March 25, 2017 for our 30th annual Sonot Kkaazoot
Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming
Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.
As skiers already know, the season will be starting late this year. However, this week Fairbanks finally received the first measurable snow of the season:
Robert Hannon interviews Bad Bob Baker in the first of a two-part series on his podcast, Northern Soundings:
Running and Skiing Tough: “Bad Bob” Baker
Tomorrow’s 54th annual Equinox Marathon will feature a little additional climb thanks to the last-minute addition of the “zipper” and “tunnel” sections of trail on Ester Dome. However, Bad Bob Baker, the founder and longtime organizer of the Sonot Kkaazoot will be unfazed by this minor diversion. Baker will be continuing his personal Equinox glory in spite of a brush with death in late June when he collapsed at the Loftus Mile after winning his age category by 1:30! Cleared by his doctors to do the Equinox Marathon if he keeps his heart rate under 135, I hope that I get to see him on the course out-and-back. However, with his 75% coronary blockage removed, Bad Bob will likely snooze his way around the course, leaving mere mortals behind him.
photo by Ned Rozell