Race News

Warm Temperatures and Fresh Snow for the 55th Annual Turkey Day Relays

Conditions were ideal for the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company Turkey Day Relays presented by Beaver Sports.  Fresh snow that made for tricky driving on Thanksgiving Day was groomed into perfect tracks for the close to 60 teams each with three skiers on them. Warm temperatures in the high 20s made for an excellent day for the 55th running of the event.

The Turkey Day relays are a long standing tradition in Fairbanks as a way to burn off some of the Thanksgiving calories from the day before. Racers ranged in age from 6 to 70 years old, grouped into teams of three skiers each skiing a single lap of a 1-4km course, depending on age.  The Alaska Coffee Roasting Company and Beaver Sports are long-time supporters of the race and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Perhaps the most challenging part of the event is to come up with a clever team name that often features some sort of Thanksgiving pun or combination of names.

The K-1st-2nd-3rd-4th grade 3x1km race was won by the Three Yahoos! team of Blair Merrill, Amelia Petersen and Luke Decker. The fastest leg time in the 1km race, however, was Oliver Taylor racing for team Turkey Time.  Pumpkin Pies, consisting of Delilah Fischer, Zoe Agopian Plattet and Delia Humphrey, was the third team overall to finish and also the first all-girls team in the 3x1km race.

The 2km middle-school race for 5th-6th-7th-8th graders featured several lead changes, but the Dindes Trois Ski team of Harper O’Brien, Logan Mendez and PJ Bragonier ended up crossing under the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company finish line banner first. PJ posted the fastest leg time in the 2km race by over a minute to anchor the team to a victory. Winner Winner We`re Your Dinner!, featuring Marias Anderson, Sakaia Fischer and Adah Decker, was the first all-girls team. Thundering Poultry (Lily Hajdukovich, Lilli Bond and Bella Foland) was the second all-girls team.

The high school and adult 3 x 4km relay remained close throughout the first two laps, but Anchorage’s Michael Earnhart sealed the deal on the final leg for team #derivative of x that also included Max Beiergrohslein and Kendall Kramer. This was Kendall’s second victory in two weeks after also winning the Kinross Fort Knox Town Series race last Saturday. The Two And a Half Men team of Thomas Bueler, Eli Merrill, and Josh Baurick, who all ski for both West Valley High School and NSCF-FXC teams, took second overall and first in the all-men’s category. The first all-women’s team featured three ski coaches, Christina Turman, Eliska Albrigtsen, and Jennie Bender, all born within a month of each other in 1988 with the fitting name of Coaches of ’88. The fastest leg time for the 4km course not surprisingly was posted by local olympian Logan Hanneman.

Results will be posted soon on the Turkey Day Relays page.

Turkey Day Relays Registration is Open Through 5pm Wednesday

Don’t forget to register for the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company Turkey Day
Relays, presented by Beaver Sports and organized by the Nordic Ski Club of
Fairbanks, coming up this Friday, November 29, at Birch Hill. Online
registration is open through 5PM Wednesday, November 27.  There is no
hard-copy registration.  All registration is online at:
https://register.chronotrack.com/r/54739

Registration will also be available on race day, beginning at 9:30AM.
Registration will be closed from 5PM Wednesday, the 27th, through 9:30AM on
race day.

This year’s race will be held in classic technique. Racing starts at 11AM
with a 3 x 1Km race for skiers in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade.
Skiers in grades 5-6-7-8 race 3 x 2Km in the second race.  The high school
and adult 3 x 4Km event is the final race of the day.  Bib pickup will be
available at 9:45AM Friday in Rikke’s Roadhouse, the small log cabin
adjacent to the stadium.

Maps and race information are available at nscfairbanks.org > races > Turkey
Day Relays.

Prizes will be provided by Beaver Sports.

Kinross Fort Knox Town Series Opens This Saturday

This Saturday is the first race of the 24th Annual Kinross Fort Knox Town Series. The Fairbanks Youth Sports Season Opener, a free technique race, will be held on Saturday, November 23, starting at 11am on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The races start and finish in the Birch Hill Ski Stadium. Racing begins at 11am with competition in the Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade class, followed by 3rd and 4th grade class, 5th and 6th grade class, and the 7th and 8th graders. High school junior varsity skiers will have the option of racing in the 2.5Km event with the 7th and 8th graders. Each of these age classes will have separate mass starts, one for boys and one for girls. Over 300 entries are anticipated.

The high school and adult events will also be held in mass-start format, 5Km for women at 12:15 and 7.5Km for men at 12:45. All races will be held in free technique.

For more information, including how to register, see: https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/town-series/town-series-1/

Frost Wins First Race of the 2019-20 Wednesday Night Race Series

Shalane Frost took the win of the first Wednesday Night Race of the season on November 13 in windy, challenging conditions.

Frost won with a time of 16 minutes, 12 seconds over the two-lap, 5-kilometer course at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Max Kaufman took second place (and was the first male finisher) just 10 seconds behind. Steve Taylor rounded out the podium with a time of 18:13, though he did ski an extra 200 meters on the first lap due to “inadequate course marking,” according to Race Director Peter Delamere, who vows he will “do better next time.”

A winter storm brought very windy and hardpacked conditions to Birch Hill, though the temperature at race start was a comfortable 4F above. Director Delamere skied the first lap of the race and managed to prevent a “short cut” by winner Shalane Frost, though Delamere’s voice was barely audible above the howling gale.

While most skiers chose to do the race with skating technique, three skiers chose classic technique. Bobby Gillis finished in sixth place (21:57), Drew Harrington finished in ninth place (23:48) and Amanda Byrd finished in 13th place (26:40).  More results below.

A field of 13 skiers competed in the race, which tested everyone’s “early season technical skills,” Delamere said, adding that the race was a good warmup for the upcoming Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Town Series and Turkey Day Relay races.

Watch the Wednesday Night Race series page for information on the next race (https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/wednesday-night-races/). The 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.

RESULTS FROM THE NOVEMBER 13 WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACE

  1. Shalane Frost                     16:12
  2. Max Kaufman                      16:22
  3. Steve Taylor                        18:13
  4. Erica Blake                          19:48
  5. Tom Dale                             20:14
  6. Bob Gillis (classic)              21:57
  7. Tracie Curry                       21:57
  8. Chris Puchner                     22:29
  9. Drew Harrington (classic) 23:48
  10. Barb Creighton                 24:30
  11. Owen Hanley                    25:00
  12. MK Romberg                    25:04
  13. Amanda Byrd (classic)    26:40

 

 

First Wednesday Night Race This Week at Birch Hill!

We finally got enough snow for some great skiing! So, grab your skis, your friends, your sense of fun!

WHAT: The first 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.

WHEN: November 13, race day registration is on-site beginning at 5:45pm. Races start at 6:30pm. Races will be rescheduled if temperatures are -5 F or colder.

WHERE: Birch Hill Recreation Area, Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails.

HOW MUCH: Fee is $5 for one-time entry or $25 for the season.

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

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.