28th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Again this year: 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)

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.

Secure online registration for the Sonot Kkaazoot on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website will be available later this fall.

Entry fees (no refunds–the Sonot Kkaazoot has never been cancelled)

Early registration (must be received by 5 p.m. A.S.T. on 27 February 2015):

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 5 p.m. A.D.T. on 20 March 2015):

20 km events: $25 for skiers 16 or younger; $40 for those 17 or older

40 km and 50 km events: $50

Late Registration and bib pick-up:

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 26 March 2015 at the Doyon, Limited, Headquarters, 1 Doyon Place, downtown Fairbanks

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 paying race day fee.

Day of Race bib pick-up and registration: 8 to 9 a.m. on 28 March 2015:

20 km events: $55 for skiers 16 or younger; $70 for those 17 or older

40 km and 50 km events: $80

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.

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