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Nanooks Dominate Last Race of Wednesday Night Race Series

Nanook Night! That’s a good name for the last race of the 2018-19 Wednesday Night Race series held this week. Half the men’s University of Alaska Fairbanks ski team came out for the two-person, 5-kilometer relay race and dominated the top of the standings. Head Coach Nick Crawford also raced, as did one former ‘Nook.

The first two teams were all current Nanooks. The team of Lukash Platil and Josiah Alverts took the top spot with a time of 10 minutes, 27 seconds. Arnaud Guyon and Seiji Takagi took second in 10:50. Former FXC racers Neill Toelle and Jonathan Koenig filled out the podium, taking third in 11:43. The fourth place team of Tristan Sayre (a current Nanook) and Jesse Mayo (former Nanook) came across the line in 11:43. Crawford and teammate Peter Delamere (WNS race organizer) took fifth with a time of 12:50. Current ‘Nook Max Donaldson, didn’t race, but he came out and took pictures. We’ll post those soon. See here or the Wednesday Night Race page for more results.

“I really appreciate Nick rallying the UAF skiers,” Delamere said. “We hardly ever get to race against our hometown college skiers since they are so busy during the season. It was a real treat.”

The event at Birch Hill Recreation Area drew 13 teams, so the 26 skiers made up the largest field for a Wednesday Night Race this season. This race, sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF), was also the only relay of the season. Racers had to share one bib, so removing and donning the bib was part of the exchange.

An extremely warm March melted a lot of snow on the trails making for a shortened course and blustery weather moved in right before the race. Normally held on a 2.5-kilometer course, this race consisted of four laps of 1.25 kilometers each. Delamere described the race conditions as “an interesting combination of wind and icy snow. A possible technique was to use bibs + poles to construct a sail….”

That was the last Wednesday Night Race for this year, bringing an end to the NSCF racing season. Thank you to everyone who helped and/or participated. We’ll see you next year!

ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival Second Day Results Posted

The 2019 ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival is a wrap!

The second day of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival, held this Wednesday, featured a Freestyle Ski-Cross – predominantly downhill, turning, twisting freestyle race.

NSCF-FXC Head Coach Alasdair Tutt created a fun course with really tricky conditions. It had obstacles that required skiers to do a 180 and ski backwards, and swerving around gates and going in and out of tight circles with oncoming skiers. The biathlon with balls and bucket set up was fun and in many of the races, it wasn’t the fastest skier to the station who would go on to win the heat, but rather the most precise to get through that station.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. See results here. Photos by FXC Comp Team member, Daryn Espinosa.

Last(?) Wednesday Night Race Coming Up at Birch Hill!

The snow has been melting fast, but temps have started to drop below freezing overnight and are forecasted to continue doing so. That means more skiing!

Assuming conditions remain good, we’ll have another Wednesday Night Race at Birch Hill Recreation Center on April 03. This is an all ages and all abilities ski race put on by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. This family-friendly event is a great way to get to know your ski club, test your skills on the trails, and have a little fun.

Race day registration is on-site beginning at 5:45pm. Races start at 6:30pm. Fee is $5 for one-time entry or $25 for the season.  Races will be rescheduled if temperatures are -5 F or colder. See our WNR page for more information: https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/wednesday-night-races/

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of cross country skiing. For more information visit us at www.nscfairbanks.org

Interior Youth Festival Ski-Cross/Slush Cup Happening This Wednesday at Birch Hill

We will still be holding the skicross/slush cup of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival this Wednesday! The snow holds fairly well at Birch Hill so we will at least have something to slide around on.
 
The course will involve gates, turns and, of course, thanks to today, slush. There will a grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies and a fun atmosphere. There is also rumor that the Nanooks ski team members may show up to show off their ski skills for the younger kids.
 

ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival First Day Results Posted

The first day of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival was a ton of fun! We had around 60 participants and great temps for an evening of family friendly competition.

The Family Fun Relay was a 3x1km event. Teams were composed of 2-5 skiers, parents/guardians and kids. The first leg was skied by the entire team, the second leg by the parents/guardians, and the final leg by the kids. Awards were given for best hand-off, best costume, and much more.

The Family Fun Relay was immediately followed the Mad-Dash 100-Meter Sprints.

Results for both are below. For PDFs see Family Fun Relay and Mad-Dash 100-Meter Sprints.

 

Family Fun Relay Event
Birch Hill Recreation Area
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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3x1km Relay
Leg 1: Entire Team
Leg 2: Parent(s) / Guardian(s)
Leg 3: Kid(s)
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1. FXC Family; 2. Team Fischwing; 3. Team Pitka; 4. We’re the Allegoods; 5. The Hajduks; 6. Foxy Bees; 7. Hayden Slushers; 8. Twin Turbos; 9. Team Revilo; 10. Team Schneebly; 11. Wild Wild West; 12. The Pidgeons; 13. Grieks; 14. The Paulch 5; 15. Norris Racing; 16. Burning Burnetts; 17. Rad Fam

Mad-Dash 100-Meter Classic Sprint
Wednesday, March 20, 2018
Birch Hill Recreation Area
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K-2nd Grade Boys
1. Nolan Hayes (ICS);
2. Hayden Beckett (Spruce Tree Montessori);
3. Oliver Taylor (Jr. Nordics/ Weller);
4. Reid Griek (Jr. Nordics);
5. Jaxon Norris;
6. Landyn Radosevich;
7. Drew Burnett (Woodriver);
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K-2nd Grade Girls
1. Ellie Burnett (Woodriver);
2. Rilla Vonnahme;
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3rd-4th Grade Boys
1. Skyler Jackson (U Park);
2. Will Rasic (Jr. Nordics/Watershed);
3. John Williamson (Jr. Noridcs);
4. Dalton Koch (Jr. Noridcs);
5. Sean Palchikoff;
6. Joshua Williamson (Jr. Noridcs);
7. Leo West (Pearl Creek);
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3rd-4th Grade Girls
1. Lilli Bond (Jr. Nordics);
2. Elli Abrahamson;
3. Daya Allengood (Jr. Nordics);
4. Cynara Koch (Jr. Nordics);
5. Lily Hadjukovich;
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5th-6th Grade Boys
1. Scott Tragis (Jr. Nordics);
2. Eli West (FXC Jr. Devo);
3. Kieren Kaufman (FXC Jr. Devo);
4. Miles Palchikoff;
5. Hadyn Radosevich;
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5th-6th Grade Girls
Semifinal #1
1. Summer Jackson (U Park);
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7th-8th Grade and Open Boys
Heat #1
1. Nelson Hayes (FXC Prep);
2. Elias Engman;
3. Wells Wappett (FXC Prep);
4. Bridger Koch (FXC Prep);
5. Nolan Spillane (FXC Prep);
6. Curtis Beck (FXC Prep);

Heat#2
1. Cirdan Vonnhame (FXC Prep);
2. Brecken Allengood (FXC Prep);
3. PJ Bragonier (FXC Prep);
4. John Haas;
5. Jack Rasic (FXC Prep);
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7th-8th Grade and Open Girls
Heat #1
1. Ingrid Baurick (FXC Prep);
2. Leni Stolz (FXC Prep);
3. Sonja Truffer;

Heat #2
1. Zarah Laker/Morris (FXC Prep);
2. Olivia Soderstrom (FXC Prep);
3. Julia Palchikoff;

Ski the Skiathon to Raise Money for UAF Ski Trails!

The Skiathon happens on Sunday, March 10! Come on out for this fun classic race/tour of the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski trails!

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.

Skiers use classic diagonal stride technique (no skating). There is a wood ski division. All profits go to support the UAF trail system, so come have fun while raising money for the UAF trails. Finishers receive a Skiathon Patch.

Distance:  20 kilometers

Date:             Sunday  March 10, 2019

Bib Pick-up:    10 AM in the UAF Ski Hut

Start:            11 AM  –  Practice Area

Cost:            $15 (Before noon March 9)     Late Registration: $40

Register:     At Beaver Sports or by mail

For more course maps and to get registration forms see: http://uaftrailsclub.weebly.com/

Taylor Wins for Second Time in Wednesday Night Race Series

Steve Taylor took his second win of the 2018-19 series in this week’s Wednesday Night Race on February 27. Taylor had a time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds in the 5-kilometer, two-lap race. Race organizer Peter Delamere took second with a time of 18:14. Melissa Lewis (18:42) took third and was the first female finisher.

Cheyanne Gonzales won the 2.5-kilometer, one-lap race with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, with more Gonzaleses right behind! Christy (24:57) took second and Libby (24:58) took third.

The field of 10 skiers enjoyed warm temperatures and nicely groomed trails for a fast ski at Birch Hill Recreation Area. See here for entire results.

The next race is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3. The Wednesday Night Race series, sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, is an all ages and all abilities series of ski races. These family-friendly events are a great way to get to know your ski club, test your skills on the trails, and have a little fun.

Race day registration is on-site beginning at 5:45pm. Races start at 6:30pm. Fee is $5 for one-time entry or $25 for the season.  Races will be rescheduled if temperatures are -5 F or colder. See our WNR page for more information: https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/wednesday-night-races/

 

Wednesday Night Race Coming to Birch Hill Feb 27!

Come have some warm, low-key fun on February 27 at Birch Hill Recreation Center for the next Wednesday Night Race of the season – an all ages & all abilities ski race. This family-friendly event is a great way to get to know your ski club, test your skills on the trails, and have a little fun.

Race day registration is on-site beginning at 5:45pm. Races start at 6:30pm. Fee is $5 for one-time entry or $25 for the season.  Races will be rescheduled if temperatures are -5 F or colder. See our WNR page for more information: https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/wednesday-night-races/

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of cross country skiing. For more information visit us at www.nscfairbanks.org