2014 Sonot Kkaazoot Event Podiums

Article by Danny Martin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner w/ photos including female and male winners of 50 km and 20 km freestyle events

http://www.newsminer.com/sports/local_community/priest-konieczny-tops-in-k-sonot-kkaazoot/article_726fd6ca-b7df-11e3-945e-0017a43b2370.html

Present or former Nanooks swept the Men’s 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot podium:

1. Cody Priest in 2:21.55.2Cody Priest_sm

2. Alex Morris 2:22.42.9

3. Isaac Lammers 2:23.11.4Issac Lammers_sm

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

1. Lynne Petersen 4:45.11.4Lynne_Petersen

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 

 

 

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

Photos, blogs, and videos of 2013 Sonot Kkaazoot

Sam Harrel’s photo of the 50 and 40 km start of the 2013 Sonot Kkaazoot:

http://www.newsminer.com/sonot-kkaazoot/image_bdca53d6-9420-11e2-a435-001a4bcf6878.html

Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen’s U-Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl7NKiQiFK0

Nathan Vandermost’s report: http://nathanvandermost.com/2013/03/30/sonot-kkaazoot/