Come join the Skiathon this Sunday, March 8, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system!
The 20-kilometer, classic-only Skiathon is a race and a tour. Participants are timed but can go as fast or as slow as they want. There is a wood ski division. All finishers receive a Skiathon patch. Early registration is only $15, but registration forms must be turned in before noon on Saturday, March 7. People can sign up on the day of the race, but late registration fees go up to $40. Pick up and drop off registration forms at Beaver Sports. Forms can also be downloaded (see link below).
Bib pick-up is in the UAF Ski Hut on West Ridge, near the Geophysical Institute. It starts at 10am and the race/tour starts at 11am. (Please remember that March 8 is also Daylight Savings Time!)
For more information or to volunteer contact Stan Justice (479-5017; stanjustice[at]acsalaska.net). For more course maps and registration form see: http://uaftrailsclub.weebly.com/
This joint event of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the UAF Trails Club is a fundraiser for the UAF trail system. The original Skiathon followed the Skarland 12-mile trail and was THE big ski event of the spring from 1967 to 1977. Once subdivision roads went in, it became too difficult to shovel snow for road crossings. In 2002, Susan Todd and Stan Justice revived the event but eliminated all the road crossings by using almost all the UAF ski trails.