Race News

Sonot Early Registration Ends March 21

Online early registration for the Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot is open until Monday, March 21. Don’t wait to register!

Late registration ends at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, but fees go up after the early registration deadline.

One race, three distances: 50K, 30K, and 10K. All up at Birch Hill. (Unfortunately, due to climate change, the Chena River ice has become too unpredictable.)

Course maps with course profiles are available for download at the “Courses (download)” tab at the top of the Sonot Kkaazoot home page. Thanks to John Estle for putting together these fantastic course maps.

Bad Bob Baker has made sure that all participants in the Sonot Kkaazoot will get their money’s worth. According to John’s software, the 50-kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot course is 50.728 kilometers and has 1,689 meters of total climb. (Remember, it’s about 3 feet for every meter, so that’s over 5,000 feet of climbing!) Those skiing the 30-kilometer course, will get 30.707 kilometers of trail with 1,035 meters of climb. Even the 10-kilometer skiers will get a little bonus, because the 10-kilometer course measures out at 10.231 kilometers with only 288 meters of climb.

Find it all here:
https://sonotkkaazoot.org/

Race Volunteers Needed
Also, a few more 2022 volunteers are needed to put on the race. If you can help, send an email to contact@sonotkkaazoot.org. Check out what slots are open here:
https://sonotkkaazoot.org/volunteers/

OTHER SKI EVENTS COMING
Interior Youth Festival (March 27):
https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/event-4743112

Ride and Glide (April 2):
Two-person relay race (no you can’t do it alone). Teams will be composed of either 2 skiers, or 1 skier and 1 fat biker. See the Facebook Event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/468087498288335/

35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot Early Registration is Live!

It’s time to think Sonot!

Online early registration for the 35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot is live! And course maps are up! Everything is on the Sonot page.

One race, three distances: 50K, 30K, and 10K. All up at Birch Hill. (Unfortunately, due to climate change, the Chena River ice has become too unpredictable.)

Online early registration is open until Monday, March 21, 2022. Late registration ends at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, so don’t wait too long.

Course maps with course profiles are available for download at the “Courses (download)” tab at the top of the Sonot Kkaazoot home page. Thanks to John Estle for putting together these fantastic course maps.

Bad Bob Baker has made sure that all participants in the Sonot Kkaazoot will get their money’s worth. According to John’s software, the 50-kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot course is 50.728 kilometers and has 1,689 meters of total climb. (Remember, it’s about 3 feet for every meter, so that’s over 5,000 feet of climbing!) Those skiing the 30-kilometer course, will get 30.707 kilometers of trail with 1,035 meters of climb. Even the 10-kilometer skiers will get a little bonus, because the 10-kilometer course measures out at 10.231 kilometers with only 288 meters of climb.

Find it all here:
https://sonotkkaazoot.org/

ASAA State High School Championships — IMPORTANT SPECTATOR INFO

The State High School Championships are coming to town! They will be happening Feb 24-26 at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The ski stadium of the Jim Whisenhant Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area is one of the best places in the world to watch ski races. That’s not an exaggeration! A spectator can stay in the stadium or walk 100m-200m and see competitors multiple times over the duration of the competition. Because the course comes and goes so frequently to and from the stadium, and because spectators are so close to the action our spectator policy is this:

SPECTATING IS ALLOWED ON FOOT ONLY – SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON SKIS.
This is to ensure the safety of the competitors, as well as to ensure a fair competition for all.

We know that many of our local skiers and parents are accustomed to spectating on skis at club races.  However, at a big race like the ASAA Championships, spectators on skis have cause several problems in prior years. We appreciate our NSCF members’ and local skiers’ adherence to this policy.

Tucker, McGovern Win 30K Unpleasantry

FXC Head Coach Jeff Tucker and Maggie McGovern were the winners of 30-kilometer The Unpleasantry, the third race in the Frank Soos Memorial Distance Series, Sunday at Birch Hill.

With fresh snow, perfect tracks and sunny skies with temperatures between -1F and +5F, the conditions could have been a little warmer, but not much better.

Tucker beat men’s runner-up Alex Morris by 12 minutes. McGovern had almost the same winning margin over second place Kristen Rozell. In the 10-kilometer race, Kieran Kaufman and Sheena Cummings took the wins.

For the first time the NSCF’s timing crew used their new RapidCam photofinish camera. All lap timing was done with the camera. The camera also provided backup timing for the finish. You can view the results at the links below.

Results by distance and gender:
https://zone4.ca/race/2022-02-20/ac93ee04/results/

Results by class:
https://zone4.ca/race/2022-02-20/ef919ffa/results/

This was the final event in the 2021-22 Distance Series.  The series will return next December with its annual kickoff event, the Gundeloppet.

Next on the NSCF racing calendar is the ASAA State High School Ski Championships, beginning Thursday, February 24th with the interval start free technique event.  Friday’s race is the mass start classic technique event.  The Championships conclude on Saturday with the mixed technique (CL-CL-FR-FR) relays.

Races start at 11AM and 2PM each of the three days of the event.

Come on out and watch or better yet volunteer! If you do want to volunteer, call Norma at norma.haubenstock (at) gmail.com.

Final Distance Series Race Happens Sunday

The final race of the Frank Soos Memorial Distance Series, the Unpleasantry, is Sunday at Birch Hill.  Distances are 30Km and 10Km. The 30Km is three laps of the 10Km White Bear loop.  Early registration fees have been extended by one day — the new early registration deadline is midnight Friday night, February 18, so sign up now!

The series is named after Frank Soos, who rarely missed the opportunity to race in a Distance Series event, and who was a regular volunteer with the NSCF race crew.  Frank died in a cycling accident this summer in Maine. Post-race refreshments include homemade ginger snaps, Frank’s favorite cookie!

The online registration link is:
https://register.chronotrack.com/r/64397

The race will start and finish in the Birch Hill Ski Stadium. Bib pickup begins at 9:45AM in Rikke’s Roadhouse.  The race starts at 11:00AM.

Find course maps, etc. at:
https://www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/distance-series/distance-series-
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West Valley Wins Regionals, Lathrop, Valdez Second

Congratulations to the West Valley Boys and West Valley Girls for winning the Region VI High School Cross Country Ski Racing Championships at Birch Hill on Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12 at Birch Hill.  Lathrop were the runners-up in the girls race and Valdez the runners-up in the boys race.

Friday’s race was one of those rarest of occurrences of the 2021-22 season — a race held with a temperature above 0F!  Saturday’s race was back to our standard form for this winter, with temperatures between -5F and -9F.

Below are links to results:
Friday’s Mass Start Classic Race:
https://zone4.ca/race/2022-02-11/5f6ab1e2/results/

Saturday’s 4x3Km Relays in Free Technique
https://zone4.ca/race/2022-02-12/bf849626/results/

To see lap times  or relay leg times, on the right side of the results screen, click on the small “Time” button with the small down arrow and select “All Times”.

PDF Results File (includes mass start, relay, relay legs and two-day team totals:
https://www.nscfairbanks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Reg6_day2_combined_l
ist_results.pdf

Besh Cup Finals This Weekend

Attention, ski racing fans!

The final races in the Besh Cup Junior National Qualifying series are Saturday and Sunday at Birch Hill.  We hope you will come out and watch, but PLEASE REMEMBER our rules for spectators — spectate ON FOOT ONLY.

We have big fields this year – more than 250 skiers including all the RMISA skiers racing in the collegiate competition.  With all those skiers and a lot of spectators, and races that come and go many times through the stadium and the Ramp and Upper Ramp, the only way to ensure fair and safe competition for the skiers, and safety for ALL spectators and volunteers is for all spectators to be on foot.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

With all the best juniors from Alaska racing for spots on the Alaska Team to the Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, and all the top collegiate and post-college skiers from Alaska and the Rocky Mountain West, this is your opportunity to see the very highest quality ski competition east of the Olympics!

Race information:
Saturday – Interval Start, Free Technique – 11:00AM start
Sunday – Mass Start, Classic Technique – 11:00AM start

For more information, see our Besh Cup page.

26th Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series’ Goldstream Sports Ski-Cross this Weekend

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce the fourth and final race in the 26th Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Goldstream Sports Ski-Cross, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 11:00am at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers. Over 150 entries are anticipated.

Racing begins at 11:00am in free technique with all classes racing in ski-cross format. Distances will be: 1000m for high school and adult skiers, 800m for Grade 7-8, 600m for Grade 5-6, 600m for Grades 3-4 and 300m for Grades K-1-2. This race will serve as a Region VI high school competition, with skiers from Lathrop HS, West Valley HS, and Hutchison HS competing in both boys’ and girls’ classes. The competition will start with the older skiers on the longer courses, then move through progressively shorter distances for the younger classes.  The last group to start will be the K-1-2 skiers, tentatively around 1:30PM-2PM.  Watch nscfairbanks.org on Friday for complete information.

Entry is free for all students from Kindergarten through high school. School students who are part of a school or club team or program should be entered through their school club or team.  All school-aged skiers must be entered in each race in the series during the week leading up to the race. Individual students who are not part of a program, and adults, can enter online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/64394.

Goldstream Sports logoThe entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members.  Race entries close at 5:00pm Wednesday, January 26.  There will be no late entries or race day entries.

All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary, junior high, and high school-aged competitors who have finished three or more of the races in the series will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt  after the conclusion of the series.

For further information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series call the NSCF race program at 347-1061, or contact them via e-mail at competitionevents@nscfairbanks.org.  Any public or private school ski programs, or home school families in the area who would like to participate but who have not received materials should contact John Estle at 347-1061, and request that materials be sent to them.

KINROSS Fort Knox is in their eighth season as the series sponsor. Goldstream Sports a new sponsor this season, is the presenting sponsor for this event. Fairbanks Youth Sports (a twenty-five year partner) and Wedgewood Resort(second year with the Town Series) sponsor other events in the series.  The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks also receives support from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

 

Third Town Series Race a Success for Skiers, New Chip Timing System

Today was a perfect day for a ski race!  The first Nordic Ski Club race of the season with temperatures above zero was the third race in the KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Wedgewood Resort Classic.

Elementary skiers raced in mass-start format over 1Km (K-1-2 boys and girls), 1.5Km (grade 3-4 boys and girls) and 2Km (grade 5-6 boys and girls).  You can see results for the elementary mass start race here:  https://zone4.ca/race/2022-01-22/0281b0a2/results/

After the elementary races were finished, the grade 7-8, high school and adult races began on a 2.5Km loop.  The grade 7-8 skiers raced 1 lap, the high school and adult women 3 laps (7.5Km) and the high school and adult men raced 4 laps (10Km).

Overall results for each distance can be found at:

https://zone4.ca/race/2022-01-22/025f2754/results/

Class results for the interval start race can be found at: 

https://zone4.ca/race/2022-01-22/025f2754/results/

Lap times are available on these Zone4 online results.  When you click on the link, on the right side of the results header for each class or distance, you will see a small box with a downward-pointing arrow labeled “Time(s).”  Click on that box, and in the dropdown menu, select “All Times” and all the lap times (ranked!) will be visible.

The race today was timed with the Nordic Ski Club’s new Zone4 chip-timing system.  This was the first race that we have timed with the system, so it was a bit stressful, but we learned a lot and we have results that we know are correct.  We will be learning the system through much of the rest of the season, and by the time the ASAA High School Cross Country Ski State Championships come around (February 24-25-26) we will have everything dialed in.

Special kudos to our highly competent Chief of Timing, Anna Sorensen, and to our “special consultant”, Étienne Richard of Zone4 Timing who was on the phone from their World HQ in Canmore, Alberta, helping us whenever we had a question.  He provided excellent customer service.

Special thanks also to all the many Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks volunteers, some of whom were volunteering for “new” jobs that have been created to meet the needs of our chip-timing system, like chip rippers, chip attachers, and chip pullers.  Without our loyal, and highly-skilled volunteer crew there would be NO RACES!  So, skiers, coaches and parents, be sure to thank volunteers!

For future events, we plan to have live timing available during the races (with lap times in multi-lap races).  We will post the URLs for the live results on the appropriate race page at nscfairbanks.org.

The final race in the 2021-22 KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Goldstream Sports Ski Cross will take place on Saturday, January 29.  Ski-Cross is a free technique (skating) event that includes bumps, jumps, gates, twists and turns, etc., and tests how well a skier can cope with such challenges.

Other coming races

Tuesday, February 1 – Nanook Invitational – Wave Start/Classic 5PM

Wednesday, February 2 – Nanook Invitational – Pursuit Start/Free Technique, 2PM

Saturday, February 5 – Besh Cup #5 – Interval Start/Free Technique 11AM

Sunday, February 6 – Besh Cup #6 – Mass Start/Classic Technique 11AM

The races on February 1-2-5-6 are Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association qualifying races.  In addition to the the UAF Nanooks, the host team, there will be teams from UA Anchorage, University of Utah, University of Colorado, Denver University and Montana State University.  The races on February 2, 5 and 6 are International Ski Federation calendar events.  

These races will have a VERY HIGH level of competition, so you should try to come out and watch the races and support the Nanooks as they pursue qualifying for the NCAA Championships which will take place in March in Soldier Hollow, Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic cross country skiing events.

Register Today! Town Series #3: Wedgewood Classic is this Weekend

KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series’ Wedgewood Classic this Weekend
11am, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Elementary races will be held in mass start format; middle school and high school/adult races will be held in interval start format.
All races are in classic technique. 
The competition is as follows:
Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade classes-1.2km
3rd and 4th grade classes- 1.6km
5th and 6th grade classes- 2km
Middle school skiers- 2.5km
Women- 7.5Km (3 x 2.5Km)
High school & adult men- 10Km (4 x 2.5Km)

Entry is free for all students from kindergarten through high school*
The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members**

*School students who are part of a school or club team or program should be entered through their school club or team.  All school-aged skiers must be entered in each race in the series during the week leading up to the race. Any public or private school ski programs, or home school families in the area who would like to participate but who have not received materials should contact John Estle at 347-1061.

**Individual students who are not part of a program, and adults, can enter online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/64393.
Race entries close at 4:00pm, Wed, Jan. 19.  There will be no late entries or race day entries. 

All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary, middle school and high school-aged competitors who finish three or more of the races in the series will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt at the conclusion of the series.  For more information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series contact the NSCF Race Program Director via e-mail at competitionevents@nscfairbanks.org

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