Athabaskan: Sonot (“springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)
Saturday, March 29, 2014
With the Fairbanks North Star Borough hosting the Arctic Winter Games in March 2014, the 2014 Sonot Kkaazoot will be held a week later than normal. Hopefully, this will mean a more “springlike” event than 2013.
Once again, there will be four events with three staggered starts:
50 km (classical technique), Mass start at 9:30 a.m.
50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m.
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)
Age category classes are based upon year of birth:
All events start and finish on the Chena River at the Centennial Bridge (downtown)
Feed stations hosted by local ski teams and groups: 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 10:30 a.m.
Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. at Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, and drinks will be provided. Local skiers are asked to bring a salad or dessert to feed 10 hungry people.
Entry fees (no refunds–the Sonot Kkaazoot has never been cancelled)
Early registration (must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. on 28 February 2014):
20 km event: $15 for skiers 16 or younger on race day; $30 for those 17 or older
40 km and 50 km events: $40
Second deadline (must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. on 21 March 2014; no entries will be retrieved from Fairbanks Sports Shops after 5 p.m. on 21 March 2014):
20 km events: $25 for skiers 16 or younger; $40 for those 17 or older
40 km and 50 km events: $50
Late Registration (electronic registration will close on 11:59:59 p.m. on 26 March 2013) and bib pick-up:
5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 27 March 2014 at a location to be announced in March
20 km events: $35 for skiers 16 or younger; $50 for those 17 or older
40 km and 50 km events: $60
Important: Bib pick-up is the last opportunity to change event and/or distance you are entering without extra charge.To change events after bib pick-up, you must surrender the bib that you’ve been assigned and you will be charged a fee of $40 in addition to what you’ve already paid. Remember: your start time and finish time will be recorded according to the event that you are registered for; there will be no exceptions to this.
Day of Race bib pick-up and registration: 8 to 9 a.m.
20 km events: $55 for skiers 16 or younger, $70 for those 17 or older
40 km and 50 km events: $80
Entry forms can be downloaded (PDF_2014_Sonot Kkaazoot_entry form_rev) and returned by mail, or dropped off before 5 p.m. on 21 March 2014 at Beaver Sports, Goldstream Sports, and Raven Cross Country in Fairbanks.
Note: Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks address has changed effective 1-29-14 and is:
101 Wilderness Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99712.
Secure online registration is now available on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website. Just follow the link on “Register” page above.
Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.