Angaiak skates 30 km Sonot on Sunday

Michael Angaiak celebrated finishing Kristen Rozell’s Sonot Kkaazoot Training Class by skating the 30 km virtual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot in 2:36:02. He was a little late in sending in his results, but his report was so upbeat and complete, it’s wasn’t much work to post.

Michael writes:

Time: 2:36:02  (I’m confident I skied the full correct course but the “Map My Fitness” app I used on my phone only lists 16.99 miles. Hmm…)

Description: My first Sonot Kkaazoot experience! I had taken Kristen Rozell’s Tuesday night “Train for the Sonot Kkaazzoot” class last spring only to have everything canceled, so I was excited to take her class again this spring. I didn’t V2 nearly as much as we practiced, without the river portion this year, but my technique sure has improved! A number of us from class started the race together on Sunday morning so I appreciated the extra motivation. I felt better over the last 20 k then the first 10 k as it warmed up a bit. Perhaps the adrenaline rush from the moose that crossed in front of me at the end of Relay was what helped me pick up the pace! Big thanks to Kristen and all of the teachers from NSCF for the wonderful variety of excellent class offerings for all levels. I’m looking forward to building up to the 50 k next year!”

Congratulations, Michael! We definitely hope that you will be skating the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot next year.

Dale skis the 10 and 30 km virtual Sonot courses

Tom Dale skate skied the virtual 10 and 30 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot courses in times of 47:09 and 2:38:23, respectively.

He reports:

Skated the 10k mapped route 3/15/21     47:09
Skated the mapped 30k route 3/17/21  2:38:23

Lots of new ungroomed snow both times, but I appreciated the ability to do the routes virtually. I really enjoy skiing the non lighted tracks at Birch, although “enjoying” the black loops might be overstating things. 🙂

Tom Dale
Age 63

FXCers take to the virtual Sonot Kkaazoot trail

Report submitted by Benjamin Bagonier:

A handful of FXC comp skiers went out on the Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot course on the final Sunday of the event. Some athletes threw themselves at the work while others were happy to take a lighter-duty approach to the end of race season. 

Elias Engman, Nelson Hays, Ian Tragis, and PJ Bragonier put on their game faces and raced the course. They reported a glaring mismatch between their prior evening’s waxing for warm temperatures and the race-day snow thermometer needle pegged at -13 C.

In stark contrast to the aforementioned racers, Eli Merrill started his race by double-polling backwards and then performed a signature 180 once he was up to speed. Caleb Peterson sported mismatched boots and rode on his “game” skis — most likely in regular use when he was under the tutelage of Coach Pam in Jr. Nordics. Zarah Laker-Morris was kind enough to slow things down and chaperone her male high school peers around the course. (It’s so sad when they get off course.) As with other FXCers, Josh Baurick has distinguished himself many times this ski season, but the low-key Kkaazoot inspired a mellow pace where fun in the sun was his order of business. 

Riley Whisler was the only known FXCer to select the 30 KM course. The fleets of 50-somethings and 60-somethings out on the longer courses appreciated that Riley feigned being visibly taxed as she skied by them. There’s no doubt in this writer’s mind that she could have manageably tacked on a subsequent 50 KM — you know, in an effort to finally work up a sweat. 

Last, FXC Coach Asne graced the 10 KM course. We all know that she could have broken thirty-minutes, but then again, she might have risked forfeiting her infectious ear-to-ear smile.

U16 GIRLS – 10 KM

Zarah Laker-Morris (skate) 45:44

U18 GIRLS – 30 KM

Riley Wisler (classic) 3:01:28

U16 BOYS – 10 KM

PJ Bragonier (skate) 31:27

Elias Engman (skate) 32:01

Nelson Hays (skate) 34:20

Ian Tragis (skate) 35:20

U18 BOYS – 10 KM

Caleb Petersen (skate) 45:42

Josh Baurick (classic) 45:44

Eli Merrill (classic) 45:45


Åsne Honerød Hoveid (classic) 41:22

The Sonot blogger thanks Ben for the interesting and thorough report on the FXC participation in the 2021 Virtual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot. I’m recommending you to Bad Bob to supply future reports.

Langhorst skis virtual 30 km

Luke Langhorst skate skied the virtual 30 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot in 1:36:36.

Luke writes: “It was another great Sunday out at birch. Lots of people were out and about enjoying the weather and snow. Unfortunately my heart rate on my phone didn’t seem to be recording things accurately as it had my HR much lower than it certainly felt like! Thanks again  for all that you have done with the event and to everyone else. The face masks are great! Looking forward to the real deal next year.”


Anna Rix skis all 3 virtual Sonot Kkaazoot courses on Sunday

Anna Rix skied all three official courses for the Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on Sunday.

She writes: “I decided to wait till the last day and ski all 3 courses back to back.
50k course classic 4:43:37
30k course skate 2:38:57
10k course classic 1:02:04
Total elapsed time was 8:57:57 including my ski to and from the start and finish lines. 54.27 miles according to my Garmin which includes one turnaround since I was not sure which turn on North Forty I was taking.

Nice day skiing!”

Tyson and Davya Flaharty ski 30 km Sonot

Tyson Flaharty skate skied the 30 km virtual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot Friday in 1:50:34 with an extra Roller Coaster skied for good measure. Davya skied her virtual 30 km in 2:05:33.

Here is Tyson’s course and statistics:

Tyson writes: “We had fun in the fresh snow this morning!  I did the 30k course plus accidentally skiing all of roller coaster on the start lap.  But that got me a little closer to 30k. We had a little blizzard near the end. Otherwise it was a perfect day.”  

And here are Davya’s data (she knew the proper course):

Tyson after his virtual 30 km
Davya crushing it.(in orange like her dad)