For 33 years, the Sonot Kkaazoot has served as the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks‘ springtime celebration of the return of longer days and faster snow. The race was conceived (and for many years organized) by Bad Bob Baker and his extended family. Don and Tracie Pendergrast and Nick Nugent have also served as past race organizers.The Sonot Kkaazoot has never been canceled although the route has changed over the years.
In 2019, the 30 km Sonot Kkaazoot was won by Eric Packer, an APU skier, won in a time of 1:12.12.9; Marine Dusser from Anchorage won the women’s 30 km Sonot Kkaazoot with a time of 184.108.40.206.
In the 10 km Sonot, Andrew Stringfellow, won with a time of 24:36.5. Georgianna Fischer won in 28:27.8.
Six skiers have won the Sonot Kkaazoot 50 km race more than twice. Melissa (Fink) Lewis has won the race an amazing total of 6 times (1993, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011). Two men and four women have won the race three times: Audun Endestad (1997, 1998, 1999), Peter Alden (1990, 1993, 1995), Donna Hawkins (1994, 1995, 1996), Sigrid Aas (2001, 2003, 2008), and Rebecca Konieczny (2014, 2015, 2016).
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33rd annual Sonot Kkaazoot was held virtually with skiers various length courses over a period of several weeks.
As always, the real heroes are the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of skiers of all ages who helped celebrate the return of sunshine to Interior Alaska for 32 years. Please join us in 2021 for our 34th annual event.
(Banner photograph is courtesy of Daniel Baker Photography)