The Fairbanks Nordic Ski Club’s FXC Racing Team will have their second annual ski-a-thon during Wentz Orthodontics Ski Your Age in K's at Birch Hill on December 26, 2016.

The main objective of Ski Your Age, with additional sponsorship by Edward Jones Investments, Christopher Knott, is to encourage families to get out and ski together, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and to raise funds for the NSCF Fairbanks Cross Country Racing Team (FXC).  The event is offered free to participants, who are encouraged to bring a potluck item and enjoy a bowl of chili or hot drink.

Skiers choose which categories to have kilometers tracked in: couple, family, father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, mother-daughter, grandparent-grandchild etc.  They can also contribute to the donation jar for the FXC race team. Ski-a-thon participants made $2,147 in pledges at the 2015 event.

CLICK HERE to go to the online pledge form.

During the 2016 ski-a-thon some athletes will ski their age in kilometers, while others may choose to ski a different distance. All athletes are being asked to gather as many pledges as possible, using this online registration. We appreciate your support and participation.

You can view the map for the course that will be used in the 2.5Km (one lap) and 5Km (two lap) races in Saturday's Golden Heart Trail Run by clicking here.  The map for the 1Km course used by the 7 and under runners will be available Friday night or Saturday morning.  Sorry for the lack of availability at this time.  The 1Km course is a subset of the 2.5Km course.

We’ve got two great new assistant coaches for the NSCF-FXC program. Hilary Saucy and Alasdair Tutt recently came on board, replacing Rebecca Konieczny and Kenny Brewer. We will miss Becca and Kenny, who have gone on to other pursuits, but Alasdair and Hilary have been doing a great job filling their shoes. Here are some photos and quick intros. If you get a chance, say hello and welcome them to Fairbanks. 

 

Runners of all ages can show off their fancy footwork at the Seekins Ford Golden Heart Trail Run on Saturday, August 20, at Birch Hill Recreation Area. 

The Seekins Ford Golden Heart Trail Run, sponsored by Running Club North and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, is the only summer running race regularly held at Birch Hill and the only race of the Usibelli Cup Series held solely on trails. If that weren’t incentive enough, race organizers dot the course with hay bales that runners can hurdle over or run around. The run is great for runners of all ages and for cross country skiers who typically race Birch Hill trails only when covered in snow. The event includes prizes for top two overall male and female, T-shirts and prize drawings, and youth participation awards. 

The Seekins Ford Golden Heart Trail Run also serves as a fundraiser for NSCF-FXC, the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Nearly 100 people came out for the Zombie Run on Saturday, May 14, at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Some played the part of zombie, while others played humans who ran from the zombies. 

Reuben Morris was the top human (runner), the first to cross the line with at least one life, while Lynne Peterson was the top zombie, capturing the most lives. Caleb Peterson and Daniel Burnside came in second and third in the human category, while Natalie Emers and Nevaeh Spring were the second and third zombies. Helena Rueter and Zara Laker-Morris were chosen for the “best costume” award.

In the event, humans were given a flag football belt with three flags denoting three "lives" and headed out on the Birch Hill trails either walking or running.  Most zombies chased the runners/walkers, but a few of the undead were stationed in ambush areas along the 5k trail.

Zombies tried to capture as many flags or "lives" as they could, while humans triedc to cross the finish line first with at least one “life” (flag) remaining. Prizes were given to the top human finishers, top zombie life-takers, and best costumes.

The event served as a fundraiser for FXC, the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. See the NSCF Facebook page for photos.