Photo of Chena River start by Denise Jerome, photos in the Birch Hill stadium by Corrine Leistikow; photos from Fort Wainwright by Chris Broda, and photo of the return trail under the Graehl St. bridge by Dermot Cole.
Max Kaufman, winning skier in the White Mountain 100 this year, has shared photos and videos that he took of 40 and 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot skiers on March 29, 2014:
Thank you, Max!
Article by Danny Martin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner w/ photos including female and male winners of 50 km and 20 km freestyle events
Present or former Nanooks swept the Men’s 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot podium:
2. Alex Morris 2:22.42.9
Women’s 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot leaders were:
1. Rebecca Konieczny 2:33.38.7
2. Shalane Frost 2:37.47.6
3. Melissa Lewis 2:48.46.2
Men’s 50 km CL winners
1. Pete Leonard 3:00.58.4
2. Scott Jerome 3:19.42.0
(See: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=651789528222342 for photo)
3. David Apperson 3:29.4.4
Women’s 50 km CL
2. Jessie Turner 5:44.01.0
3. Liz Pawelko 5:47.07.2
Men’s 20 km event winners
1. Ti Donaldson 50:21.6
2. Kevin Brune 50:37.6
3. Benjamin Koenig 50:37.8
Women’s 20 km event winners
1. Jenna DiFolco 56:46.0
2. Kriya Dunlap 1:05.01.2
3. Christine Broda 1:08.21.2
Men’s 40 km winners
1. Mark Ross 2:31.08.8
2. Patrick Druckenmiller 2:35.11.9
3. Patrik Sartz 2;37.18.3
Women’s 40 km winners
1. Kristan Kelly 2:38.11.1
2. Robbin Garber-Slaght 3:10.09.2
3. Maria Berger 3:37.35.0
Photos by Sam Lamont, lead road crossing volunteer
Please consider joining these female skiers (and those in the earlier gallery) who finished the 40 or 50 km events last year. Female skiers should make up more than 29% of the 40 and 50 km finishers. The 40 km event helped increase female participation in the longer distance events in 2013. Over the past 26 years, women have been roughly 20% of the finishers in the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot. (All photos by Sam Lamont).
Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)
Saturday, March 28, 2020
50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m. (Chena River, Fort Wainwright, Sonot Connector, all the trails at Birch Hill except Sunnyside and Cliffside)
40 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m. (includes all of 50 km course except for Competition, Black Hole, North 40, Blue & Outhouse trails)
20 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:30 a.m. (Chena River only)
NOTE: There is no longer a separate 50 km classical event. Classical tracks will be set, but classical skiers will start with the 40 and 50 km freestyle skiers at 10:00 a.m.
All events start and finish on the Chena River at the Centennial Bridge (downtown)
(2020 Sonot Kkaazoot informational pamphlet will be posted here when available)
Feed stations : every 5 to 6 km beginning at 10:00 a.m.
River Breakup: If the Chena River is deemed unsafe, we will start all events at Birch Hill at 11:00 a.m. FINAL DECISION on race start location will be made by Thursday, 26 March 2020.
Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. at Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, other tasty items, and drinks.
Secure online registration for the Sonot Kkaazoot on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website is available on the REGISTER tab at the top of this site.
Important note for foreign skiers: Because the 40 or 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot course traverses Fort Wainwright land, we need your passport numbers and issuing country to submit to Fort Wainwright before we can issue you a race bib. Thus, no foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the 40 or 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot on day of race.
Entry fees (no refunds–the Sonot Kkaazoot has never been cancelled)
Early registration (must be received by 21 February 2020):
20 km event: $15 for skiers 16 or younger on race day; $30 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $40 for those 17 or older (non-members)
40 km and 50 km events: $40 (NSCF members); $50 (non-members)
Standard registration from 22 February through 13 March 2020:
20 km events: $25 for skiers 16 or younger; $40 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $50 for those 17 or older (non-members);
40 km and 50 km events: $50 (NSCF members); $60 (non-members)
Late Registration from 14 March to 26 March:
20 km events: $35 for skiers 16 or younger; $50 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $60 for those 17 or older (non-members)
40 km and 50 km events: $60 (NSCF members); $70 (non-members)
Early bib pick-up:
5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 26 March 2020 at the Doyon, Limited, Headquarters, 1 Doyon Place, downtown Fairbanks. Please plan to pick-up your bib early and avoid the race day crowd.
Really Late Registration from 27 March until 9 a.m. on 28 March 2020:
20 km events: $55 for skiers 16 or younger; $80 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $90 for those 17 or older (non-members
40 km and 50 km events: $90 (NSCF members); $100 (non-members)
Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming
Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.