It’s great seeing how many people are participating in the 2020 Denali State Bank “Virtual” Sonot Kkaazoot! You can read reports and see photos on the Sonot Kkaazoot blog (scroll down) and the “Virtual” Sonot Facebook Event.

Since this is a “race,” we decided to keep a running tally (below). Seems like most people are keeping this “race” pretty casual, which seems just right given the circumstances. Congratulations to everyone who is getting out skiing!

Are the standings wrong? Please send corrections to fbxskierparent (at)

If you’ve done the event and haven’t told us yet, please post on our Facebook Event or send an email to fbxskierparent (at) (Links on names go to Sonot website posts.)

50K Standings

Current place


Total Time or undefined (hrs, min, sec)

Moving Time (hrs, min, sec)


1 Sven Grage 4:26:41 Creative route. Great trails, windy conditions.
2 Byron Broda 4:33:47 First 50K finisher! Traditional route. First bilaterally bionic kneed skier to complete the virtual Sonot 50k!
 3 Bill Husby 4:48:34 Creative route. Second bilaterally bionic kneed skier to complete the virtual Sonot 50k! First person to complete two versions of the Virtual Sonot: 20k and 50K!
4, 5, 6 Bad Bob and Sharon Baker, and Donna DiFolco 4:54:24 Creative route in a snowstorm. Bob wanted to quit at 40k but was outvoted. Sharon skied another mile to “satisfy” her Garmin.
7 Eric Troyer 6:16:59 5:32:25 Skied classic style (with skate poles). Coyote sighting! Traditional route.
8 Susan Sugai 9:26:39 Creative route. The Sonot Kkaazoot blogger did her race in installments of 10k and then 20k and then two of 12k. So, she’s an overachiever!


40K Standings

Current place Name Total Time or undefined (hrs, min, sec) Moving Time (hrs, min, sec) Notes
1 Donovan Granger 3:31:56 Creative route: In two installments and with “moral support and company from Patrick Druckenmiller.”
2 Bruce Jamieson 3:33:02 First 40K finisher! And he’s planning to do the 50K next week! Traditional route.
3 Laura Grage 3:40:37 Creative route. Great trails, windy conditions.
4 Raena Rowland 4:14:23 40k on the three installment plan
5 Carl (Thumper) Hemming 4:17:38 After doing the Traditional 20k route in 1:47:38, Carl added another 20k in tough conditions on a Creative route.
6 Jerome Jackson 4:52:00 Creative route: 3 White Bears plus misc trails. 30k pushing skate skis thru powder, then 10k of double pole (broken binding)
7 Mark Billingsley A little over 5 hours Creative route. Might have been a bit more than 40k. Classic style

20K Standings

Current place Name Total Time or undefined (hrs, min, sec) Moving Time (hrs, min, sec) Notes
1 Jim Gower 1:17:11 Missed the turnaround (but still finished)! Mostly traditional route.
2 Bill (Poles) Husby 1:26.13 Traditional route.
3 Anna Rix 1:34:14 Creative route
4, 5 Kieran (12) and Max Kaufman 1:35:00 Traditional route.
6, 7 Bad Bob and Sharon Baker 1:38:27 First overall finishers! Traditional route.
 8 Brandy Johnson 1:52:14 Also skied the Chena River 20k in early March!
9 Christi Eickholt 2:11:15 “no coronavirus or thoughts of it for two hours” Traditional route.
10, 11 Dave Prusak and Eric Buetow 2:14:06 Dave skied with one pole (shoulder surgery). Coyote sighting! Traditional route.
12, 13 Lilli Bond (10) and Steffi Ickert-Bond (53)  2:16:00


Creative route: From Cushman St. Bridge up to Birch Hill Stadium (incl South Tower!)
14 Corrine Leistikow 2:17:02 2:10:58 Leisurely 20k.
15 Richard Bond (57) 2:27:00 And then picked up Lilli and Steffi. Traditional route.
16, 17 Julie Esdale and Jen Humphrey 2:30:00 Creative route. Julie wore a crown from her Oosik costume.
18, 19 Don and Tracie Pendergrast 2:32:30 Traditional route.
20 Kieran and Max Kaufman, Scott and John Tragis 2:38:02 Creative route. “Our FXC skiers keep their fathers active.”
21 Joanna Fox 3:01:05 Creative route. Skate on Saturday, classic on Sunday.
22, 23 Diane O’Brien and Owen (12) Wooller 3:07:11 2:17:37 Creative route. A family race that included a Girl Scout cookie break.
24, 25 Phoebe (10) and Mat Wooller 3:22:00  Creative route. A family race. “Phoebe, at < 60 lbs and the least confident of her ability to ski 20 km, probably looked the freshest of all of us.”
26, 27, 28, 29 Cara (9) and Emmett (12) Schneider, Lily (14) and Carol (62) Hsieh 3:45:00 Creative route.
Kelly Hill Scanlon with Ruby and Beastie No time Traditional route.
Chris Broda, Johnna and Jon Underwood, Callie and David Underwood, Karin Gillis, Nancy Hanneman No time This group skied the 1993 and 1994 traditional route, when the race started and ended at the Steese Highway instead of Cushman Street.

Creative route, creative distance, creative team

Distance Name Total Time or undefined (hrs, min, sec) Moving Time (hrs, min, sec) Notes
30+ k Frank Soos A lot Did the Grand Tour of Birch Hill
50k relay? Susan Sugai, Norma Haubenstock, Joanna Fox A lot Fairbanks Master Swimmers go “swimming” in the snow with skis!
26.6k Max Kaufman, Owen W. Hanley, Steve Taylor, and Erik Schoen 01:59:00 Steve actually did about 20k, Owen did extra k’s for good measure.
17k Elizabeth Allman Does it matter? Despite all sorts of obstacles (including not being able to get to Birch Hill) Elizabeth devised her “own private Sonot” on unplowed subdivision roads. She still plans to finish the last three k!
16k Lisa Stuby 3:16:04 Moose barring the trail did not stop Lisa, but a case of platform snowshoes cut her 20k attempt short.