Wow! What a day! All skiers finished the 32nd annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot in under 4 hours! Preliminary results are posted on the RESULTS page. Please join us at 6 p.m for the Sonot Kkaazoot Awards Ceremony at the Birch Hill Recreation Area building. Woodels will be distributed for first 3 places in every age category and for top three finishers overall for both events. Homemade soups and other goodies will be served. Locals are asked to bring salads or desserts, but if you are too wiped out to prepare a dish, come anyway. We’ll have plenty of food for all.
A huge thank you to all our many volunteers who make this event special! Your smiles and encouragement were appreciated by the skiers–especially those of us near the back.
Temperatures have risen to 35.4 deg F after a morning low of 32.5 deg in the Birch Hill stadium. With the early morning changes, right now we have 280 skiers set to participate in 32nd annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot. The field currently is split 50:50 between the two courses with 140 racers for each event. Age of skiers range from 7 to 83 years old. It will definitely be a celebration of sliding into springtime today.
It’s 32.5 deg F at Birch Hill, so much cooler than yesterday. Tom Helmers, the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks head groomer planned to start grooming at midnight so probably is still out there. Bad Bob and Sharon Baker shoveled snow on dirty spots on the Outhouse and Roller Coasters yesterday. Both courses are marked and will be ready for skiers at 11:00 a.m.
Bib pick-up today from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Birch Hill. Race registration ENDS at 9:30 a.m.
Because of unseasonably warm temperatures in Fairbanks (the high yesterday at the airport was 53 deg F and was likely warmer at Birch Hill), some skiers may be questioning their decisions to ski the longer course. Even though we normally restrict changes without additional charge until Thursday night, we will extend that deadline until 6 a.m. Saturday morning for those skiers arriving from out-of-town. Local skiers have the same option. All new registration and changes must be finalized and paid before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. You may pickup you race bibs until 10:30 a.m. but NO NEW REGISTRATION OR CHANGES AFTER 9:30 a.m. Changes made after 6 a.m. on Saturday will be charged the additional fees assessed on race day.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any changes you want to make before 6 a.m. Saturday. If you’ve already picked up your bib, we won’t be able to change your entry.
At 1:00 p.m. today, the Birch Hill temperature was 51.3 deg F, it was 44 deg F at the airport. The overnight low was 44.1 deg F at Birch Hill so plan accordingly. Trails will be groomed Saturday morning. We have done some snow shoveling onto the trails in some of the low snow spots but some of the trails may have very narrow snow covered sections. Mother Nature holds all the cards. The 9.5 km course is solid and is unlikely to change. The 30 km course may have some surprises on Saturday morning. I’ll try to post any updates I get from our trail groomers.
As of noon on Friday, 137 skiers signed up for the 10 km race; 143 skiers for the 30 km event. The youngest skier registered is 7 years old; the oldest 83 years old.
Don’t forget that the Awards Banquet and Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks annual membership meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Birch Hill Recreation Area on race day. We have three hearty homemade soups on the menu along with other goodies and potluck salads and desserts supplied by local skiers.
Plan to attend so you can select your one of kind age class woodel from the collection that Mike Schmoker and Bernardo Hernandez have cut from birch sections, burned in their skier design, and applied sealant to create these coveted awards. This year because there are only two courses, all skiers are eligible for woodels.
With 366 skiers already signed up for the 32nd annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot, local skiers are strongly urged to attend early bib pick-up at the Doyon, Ltd. Building TONIGHT from 5 to 7 p.m. With just one mass start on Saturday, bib pick-up on race morning will be much more congested than normal.
Race director, Bad Bob Baker will have enlarged course maps and profiles for your examination at early bib pick-up tonight.
A limited number of Sonot Kkaazoot hats with Margo Klass’ striking Northern Lights design will be available for sale for $25 cash or check (made out to Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks) only.
DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION WILL BE from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ON SATURDAY at BIRCH HILL.
BIBS MAY BE PICKED UP UNTIL 10:30 a.m. at Birch Hill
John Estle, Race Coordinator, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, has provided this 30 km course profile that he feels all Sonot racers will find informative. He wrote in his email to Bob Baker:
I have a high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the profile.
Elevations were taken from a digital elevation model, and lat/long
coordinates for the path were taken from sat photos.
Average climb is 34.5 m/km, which is right in the middle of FIS specs. It is
on the low end compared to most World Cup courses, which are in the
35-40 m/km range, but it is plenty challenging for a citizen race.
The profile is available as a downloadable PDF file below: