Toth skis his virtual 50 km Sonot in under 7 hours

Bob Toth finished his virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on 6:59:42. Bob commented that he was “skiing with skate gear doing my unique and possibly inimitable Free (of anything approaching) Style ‘technique.” 

Bob writes:

“First off thanks to all who put the whole Birch Hill ski season together. My time should cinch 50k red lantern but believe it or not, I am absolutely tickled with it.

Wednesday, when I hit the trail at 5:49 pm I wasn’t sure if I would do the 10, 30 or 50k.. After the Start Loop, I bypassed the White Bear Access and hit the Warmup, first decision made. As I ‘cruised’  the Blacks, big flakes made it deeper but kept things slippery, that is when I started thinking I could do a 2 or 3 stage 50k. It was getting pretty dim by the time I finished the Medivac so I decided to bypass the White Bear segments and closed the evening by taking the Warmup Loop to the timer’s building.

After only one day’s rest (I usually take two) I completed the White Bear sections of the 30k, then skied across the stadium and up the ramp to begin the final 20 of the 50, finishing stage two with the Medivac at about dark. Sunday evening it was top of White Bear Access to the finish, crossing the line at 8:31pm.

Total elapsed time start to finish:

4 days 2 hours and 42 minutes


trail time for the 50k. Whew kept it under 7 hours,-)”

Bob & Sharon Baker complete 90 km Sonot Kkaazoot hat trick

Race organizer, Bad Bob Baker and Sharon Baker completed their virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on Sunday. Bad Bob’s time was 3:41:27 and Sharon’s time was 3:39:10. By successfully skate skiing the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot, the Bakers became the first skiers to skate ski the 90 km Sonot Kkaazoot hat trick. The other mere mortals had to classical ski some of their virtual Sonot Kkaazoot courses.

Here’s documentation of Bad Bob’s 50 km time:

Bad Bob writes:

“Sharon and Bad Bob Baker both completed all three Sonot Kkaazoot courses….We finally completed the 50 k Sonot course on Sunday. We hoped to do it all Saturday, but instead slept in a little too long and were only able to get 36 kilometers in on Saturday before having to head over to a Grand Daughter’s birthday sledding party. We returned on Sunday and finished it up along with many others taking advantage of the final SONOT KKAAZOOT ski day. Sharon’s time 3:39:10, while Bad BOB wandered in with a time of 3:41:27. Wonderful skiing on the final day, and it was so nice to see so many out skiing.”

Bod Bob, race organizer and Mark Ross, poster artist hold 2021 Sonot Kkaazoot poster
photo by Norma Haubenstock

Bob continues:

“Many came into the warm up hut to pick up there SONOT  POSTERS! We are asking for a $50.00 trail donation for this limited numbered and signed Sonot Kkaazoot print of a GOSHAWK making off with someone’s SONOT hat…The poster was designed and drawn by artist and local bird guy, Mark Ross.

The idea was thought up after Susan Sugai experienced a goshawk swooping down over her head while skiing Moilanen’s Meadow, just a week ago.  Susan thought the bird of prey was intrigued by her Sonot Hat’s tassel.”

You can view the full picture of the print here:

Hanley & Taylor ski 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot

Owen W. Hanley and Steve Taylor skate skied the virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on Sunday. Owen’s time was 3:11.60 and Steve’s was 3:14:40 as shown below:

Owen writes: “The trails held up nicely since the Friday grooming although the snow felt slow and the thin layer of powder over the tracks did seem to slow things down as well. We also had an encounter with the bull moose. Great to have the sun out and see so many other people on the trails!”

Denton skis his first 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot

Jon Denton skate skied his virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on Saturday in 3:31:30.

Jon writes: “Thank you for the Sonot Khazoot!  This was my first 50k race.  My time around the course on skate skis was 3:31:30.  I added east ramp and white bear access to hit the 50K mark at 3:41:16.  The trails were amazing.  There was a bull moose at the top of Black Hole.  He told me that willows are best before noon and that I would be in big trouble if I had taken the high road cut off. It was a great race and fun to see people out enjoying the fast spring snow.”

Troyer skis 50+ km virtual Sonot Kkaazoot

Eric Troyer, head media volunteer for the Sonot Kkaazoot, skate skied his 50+ km virtual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot on Sunday in corrected time of 4:40.22.

Eric writes (at 4:53 p.m.): “I did my 50k Sonot today, completing the Sonot Hat Trick (10, 30 and 50k versions). My time was 5:14:22. That has got to be one of the toughest just-shy-of-50 50k races out there! I was darn happy to see the 48, 49, and 50k signs right there at the Timing Building. Another 3k, especially if it had gone down into the Black Loops would have killed me. I tried to convince myself that the last 10k was flat, just like in the original Sonot, but my legs and lungs argued otherwise. Thanks to everyone for putting this on, especially to those awesome groomers (tracks and trails were outstanding!)!” 

At 5:53 p.m. Eric adds: “Whoops. Corrine pointed out that I screwed up. I did the Black Loops twice! I just checked and I actually did 53.5 kilometers. Corrine checked my stats and says I spent 34 minutes in the Black Loops on the second round, so I guess I’ll take that off my time.” 

Eric never responded in my request that he submit his final official 50 km time so this current English major will do the math for him getting a final adjusted time of 4:40:22.

Eric Troyer is still smiling after skiing the black loops twice during his virtual 50+ km Sonot Kkaazoot

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!”

O’Clair skis virtual 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot

Tom O’Clair skated the virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot in 4:06 on Sunday.

Tom writes: “I skied the 50k course today.  Started at 10:30 in the cold with the FXC Masters folks that had various objectives. I skied with some of them the first half of the race and then skied on my own coming across several folks as it warmed up during the day.  At the end of the course, I was confused about the 48-49-50k so I skied two more k.  Time:  4:06 on cold styrofoam snow.  Fun!”

Tom wanted to make sure he got his full workout even though Bad Bob’s course was short.

Bill Hibler, 78, finishes his 50 km virtual Sonot today

Bill Hibler meticulously documented the progress of his virtual 50 km Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot that he completed in 8:40.

William D. Hibler III writes:

“Sonot Progress

On a cold day Friday (19 Mar) last day of winter I did the start loop (with some wrong turns) in ~25 minutes. Tried to finish 10K, but stalled out.

On Sat (20 Mar) much better skiing. Sunny and faster. But I got lost on the back 40 so went back to warming hut and did the blue trail, outhouse loop and relay loop.  Back to warming hut in 45 minutes.

On Sunday (21 Mar) I did the warm up loop and the North 40/corkscrew (2nd try) to the start of Black hole in 45 minutes. 

On Monday.  (22 Mar). Great ski conditions.  Did the black hole back to the warming hut area in 35 min.  Then did the Tower loop and Medevac in 30 minutes. One fall on Medevac going up from an ice block catching a tip. 

Tuesday. Good day.  Cool but new snow. Late Start.  Did Big Bear, Moilanen Meadows, access loop and warm up loop.  2 hrs 10 minutes:

Total 30 K time: 5 hrs 10 minutes.  

Wednesday: Did all of 20K to start of Big Bear Portion: 66 min.  Great snow.

Friday: Thought I had finished race until all the sign mismatch.  Call it 2 hrs 10 min for end of race starting at white bear access.  Need two more km!

Saturday: Went back and skied the warm up loop from the 46 km mark to end in 14 min.  

Yea: 50K:Total time: 8 hrs 40 minutes”

Thank you for your detailed report and for your generous donation to the trails fund.

Peter Delamere skis 50 km Sonot in 3:20

Peter Delamere skate skied the 50 km virtual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot today in 3:20.

Peter writes: “Had an outstanding time on the immaculately groomed trails!”

When I asked the Professor of Space Physics if he had any data for his virtual Sonot Kkaazoot, he replied, “I don’t trust Strava, 27.4 miles = 44.1 km!  Certainly the groomers/Bob know the true distance.”  

If you followed all the orange km markers that Bad Bob had put along the 50 km trail, you have skied the virtual 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot, regardless of what Stava says.

Please tell your dad that we missed him in this year’s virtual Sonot Kkaazoot.