27th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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.

All clothing and ski items left on the river or at the Doyon building have been taken to the Birch Hill facility and left with the lost and found on the second floor. Tomorrow, 3/30/14 will be the last day the building is open except for Junior Nordics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and for the Ski for Women on April 6. There was a set of ski poles and numerous clothing items left behind when the finish area was cleaned up.

We hope that you will join us again next year!

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.

Lost and found (ski poles)

Robert Hannon’s 160 cm Swix ski poles of this design:

Lost ski poles

were mistakenly taken by another skier when they were left leaning against the Doyon Ltd building on the morning of the Sonot Kkaazoot. A shorter pair was left behind. Please contact Robert at: rhannon54@yahoo.com if you know the whereabouts of his lost ski poles.

 

Random shots from the Sonot Connector & Fort Wainwright

All photos by Sam Lamont

The making of Sonot Kkaazoot #27 by volunteers!

Photos by Sam Lamont & Eli Lyke

 

Sonot Kkaazoot lost and found

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: kbrozell@gmail.com

Thanks to volunteers from 2014 Sonot Kkazoot red lantern

2014 Sonot Kkaazoot 50 km CL finisher

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.
Sincerely,
Barb Baysinger