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

31st Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

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

 Saturday, March 24, 2018

50 km (classical technique), Mass start at 9:30 a.m.

50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m.

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)

All events start and finish on the Chena River at the Centennial Bridge (downtown)

Feed stations hosted by local ski teams and groups: 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 10:30 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. at Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, other tasty items, and drinks will be provided by Foundation Health Partners. Local skiers are asked to bring either salads or desserts to serve 10 hungry skiers. 

Secure online registration for the Sonot Kkaazoot on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Wild Apricot secure 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 after bib pick-up on 22 March 2018.

Entry fees (no refunds–the Sonot Kkaazoot has never been cancelled)

Early registration (must be received by 5 p.m. A.S.T. on 23 February 2018):

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)

Second deadline (must be received by 5 p.m. A.D.T. on 16 March 2018):

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 and bib pick-up (must be received by 7 p.m. on 22 March 2018:

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 22 March 2018 at the Doyon  Limited, Headquarters, 1 Doyon Place, downtown Fairbanks

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)

IMPORTANT: Bib pick-up is the last opportunity to change event and/or distance you are entering without paying race day fee.

Day of Race bib pick-up and registration: 8 to 9 a.m. on 24 March 2018:

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)

QUESTIONS: sonotkkaazoot@nscfairbanks.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.