Summary of the 26th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The 26th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot is now history. 279 Racers braved the cold new snow and wind to finish one of the 4 Sonot Kkaazoot events. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR AWESOME GROOMERS who made the cold new snow a little more bearable. Tom Helmers was out on the Birch Hill trails at 1 a.m. race day. Russ Lizotte, Ken Coe, and Andy Blossy started at 6 a.m. setting new tracks on the river. Our race day volunteers put in very long hours in the cold, and we are sincerely grateful for their essential assistance.  OUR VOLUNTEERS INSURED A SAFE AND WELL-RUN EVENT AND WE CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH.

Bad Bob Baker is amazing and his contribution to this year’s event was remarkable.

Check back for Daniel Baker’s amazing event photos for sale, soon. 

Congratulations to:

50 km Sonot Kkaazoot winners: Viktor Brannmark (UAA) and Raphaela Sieber (UAF)You made the harsh conditions look easy!

20 km Sonot Kkaazoot winners: Tristan Sayre and Jade Hajdukovich. These outstanding junior skiers have an amazing future ahead.

40 km Sonot Kkaazoot winnersJonathan Koenig and Kristan Kelly

50 km Classical Technique Sonot Kkaazoot winnersTyson Flaharty and Corrine Leistikow. Although there were only 11 racers in this division, there were three medical doctors in this event. 

Thank you to all participants. Please come back next year. Saturday, 23 March 2013 wasn’t normal spring equinox weather conditions. If you have any comments, you’d like to share or suggestions for improving this event, please leave a comment for us and I’ll contact you offline for details.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner stories on the event by Bob Eley:

http://www.newsminer.com/sports/local_community/article_e20405f4-945b-11e2-a405-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.newsminer.com/sports/local_community/article_3141fa68-945c-11e2-b432-001a4bcf6878.html

Dermot Cole’s column on this year’s Sonot Kkaazoot:

http://www.newsminer.com/news/dermot_cole/article_0ab9bc28-9524-11e2-995a-0019bb30f31a.html

32nd Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot

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Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)

 Saturday, March 23, 2019

SAVE THE DATE—with NEW (and former) RACE DIRECTOR, Bad Bob Baker

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Photo by Mark Lindberg (https://www.instagram.com/marklindbergphotography/?hl=en)

Changes are in store for next year, but we hope to be back at the Chena River start on Saturday, 23 March 2019. Two wave start: 40 and 50 km skiers at 10:00 a.m.; 20 km skiers at 10:30 a.m. ADT.

2018 Sonot Kkaazoot Informational Flyer with course map (3.6 MB)

QUESTIONS: send email to:  contact@sonotkkaazoot.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.