Photos by Sam Lamont & Eli Lyke
Photos by Sam Lamont & Eli Lyke
All photos by Sam Lamont
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.
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 winners: Jonathan Koenig and Kristan Kelly
50 km Classical Technique Sonot Kkaazoot winners: Tyson 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:
Dermot Cole’s column on this year’s Sonot Kkaazoot:
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.