Training for the Sonot Kkaazoot in the cold

Unlike Sochi, where the Olympic cross country skiers are dealing with tropical conditions and deep slush, we will have firm trails with deep natural snow for Sunday’s third Buetow Dental Distance Race, the Raven Run. Anticipating rather cold temperatures, John Estle, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Competition Director, has selected the warmest, flattest course possible at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The 4-lap course gives skiers a 14 or 30 km option.

Here’s a map of the course:

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In spite of the flatter course, classical skiing may be a faster option than skating for most skiers given the possibility of some delightful hoarfrost snow before or during this event. However, this final race in this season’s Distance Series will be a good endurance workout with the Sonot Kkaazoot a little over 6 weeks away.  Also, you need to race to be eligible for the post-race drawing of valuable ski equipment and supplies from Raven Cross Country.

Reminder to the procrastinators out there, the Sonot Kkaazoot early registration ends in two weeks. Make the commitment now and save some money to use on the post-race celebration.

Six Fairbanks skiers at World Masters in Austria

Six Fairbanks-based cross country skiers are in Austria competing in the 2014 Cross Country Masters Cup. These skiers include (in alphabetical order): Bad Bob Baker, Sonot Kkaazoot founder and longtime director; Dave Edic; Owen Hanley; Bruce Jamieson, co-President of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (http://www.nscfairbanks.org/); Ken Leary, the only guy to finish all 26 of the Sonot Kkaazoot (long course), and the organizer of the Wednesday Night Race Series (http://www.wnrace.com/Home_Page.html); and Chris Puchner. All these skiers, in addition to being amazing local racers, have contributed countless hours toward improving the nordic ski opportunities in Fairbanks.

Here’s the link to World Masters Cup race results with first event scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, 24 January 2014):

http://mwc2014.com/en/pillerseetal-masters-world-cup/home

Have fun, and ski fast!

 

Sonot Kkaazoot training class starts 21 January 2014

Once again, the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks will offer an eight-week ski class designed to help prepare adult skiers for the Sonot Kkaazoot. The course is held Tuesday nights at Birch Hill Recreation area from 6 to 7:30 p.m. More information can be found here:

http://www.nscfairbanks.org/index.php/adult-lessons2/749-feb-2014-adult-lessons

with online registration available here:

http://www.nscfairbanks.org/index.php/racing/754-online-registration-for-adult-lessons-is-open

This is a great way to improve your marathon technique and strategy skills from an instructor with lots of experience doing the Sonot Kkaazoot.

Images from the Distance Race #2 on 1/4/14

World Cup quality tracks, temperatures in the high teens (above zero), and a new race course incorporating the “mellowed” black loops awaited participants in Saturday’s Buetow Dental Distance Race #2, the January Jaunt presented by Raven Cross Country. Smiles, grimaces, and deep concentration were captured by photographer Bob Wilkinson on the new downhill section of the blacks and elsewhere. Skiers ranged in age from 12 to 70, many of whom are training for the Sonot Kkaazoot to be held on 29 March 2014.

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

33rd Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot

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

 Save the date: Saturday, 28 March 2020

50 and 20 km freestyle events starting and ending on the Chena River.

More information will be provided in the fall.

 

Thanks to all the skiers and volunteers who made the 32nd Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot a huge success.

Congratulations to our 30 km and 10 km winners, all of whom traveled 50 miles or more  on race day:

30 km 

Eric Packer, 28, Anchorage,   1:12:12.9

Marine Dusser, 30, Anchorage, 1:22:53.7

9.5 km

Andrew Stringfellow, 16, Nenana,  24:36.5

Georgianna Fischer, 16, Bozeman, MT, 28:27.8

QUESTIONS:  contact@sonotkkaazoot.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.