Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thank you to the 244 racers who enjoyed perfect spring weather and fantastically groomed trails for the 27th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot.
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s race possible and for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks groomers who put in 10 hours of work so that you wouldn’t be skiing for even half that time.
Results are posted on the “Results” tab above with highlights below.
We hope that you will join us again on Saturday, March 28, 2015!
Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.
Max Kaufman, winning skier in the White Mountain 100 this year, has shared photos and videos that he took of 40 and 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot skiers on March 29, 2014:
Thank you, Max!
Bags of clothes and ski items found at the start/finish line of the Sonot Kkazoot on Saturday plus items left in the Doyon Ltd building at 4 p.m. Saturday were left at the “lost and found” area upstairs in the Birch Hill Recreation Bldg
Lost neck gaiter: Kristen Rozell lost a red-striped neck gaiter on the white bear during the Sonot. If found, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Sonot Kkaazoot 50 km CL finisher--photo by Bad Bob Baker
Thank you to all the volunteers at the Sonot Kkaazoot race. I have never enjoyed pain as much as enduring the Black Hole. The teenagers at the stadium had zest and encouraged me to turn right at the 40k-50k intersection. I feared the reality of the BLACKHOLE, already spent on my 190 cm skis with scales. Repeating over and over on the climbs, the letters: sonot,kk,aa, zoot. More loops with climbs between 30k -35K. Thankfully I did not know my first 50K was the hardest in our country.The volunteers and Bob Baker all standing alone at their stations with beautiful energy as I came slugging by. I promise to buy faster skis for my caboose role next year. Hooray! Thank, Thank You, Thank you for an inspiring event to celebrate another Alaskan winter. Thank you girls by the stadium, and mom with cookies.