The (approximately) 51st annual Turkey Day Relays, sponsored by Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, presented by Beaver Sports and organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, will be held Friday, November 25, on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Early entries close Monday night, November 21.  Early entry fees are $10/person for elementary and junior high skiers and $15/person for high school and adult skiers.

Standard fees of $15/person for elementary and junior high skiers and $20/person for high school and adult skiers will apply to registrations received on Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd.  Entries close at 5:00PM Wednesday and re-open only on race morning at Birch Hill.

Race day registration fees are $20/person for elementary and junior high, and $25/person for high school and adults.

Registration forms are available at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center building at Birch Hill, at Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country and Trax Outdoor Center as well as being available on the web at: http://skiraces.sportalaska.com/2016-2017/turkey_day_relays.html and following the links.  Forms may be dropped off at Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country and Trax Outdoor Center through 5:00pm on Wednesday the 23rd.  Each member of every relay team is required to fill out and submit an entry form, along with the registration fees.  Entries by phone, fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

Bib pickup closes on race day at 12:00 noon for all high school and adult classes. 

Competition will be held in many classes.  Grades K-1-2 girls and boys/mixed teams and grades 3-4 girls and boys/mixed teams will race 3 x 1km starting at 11:00am.  Grades 5-6 girls and boys/mixed teams and grades 7-8 girls and boys/mixed teams will race 3 x 2km at 11:45am.  High school girls and boys/mixed teams, open women and mixed/men’s teams and 30-39, 40-49, and 50+ women and mixed/men’s teams will race at 12:45pm.  The distance for the high school and adult races will likely be shortened somewhat due to snow conditions.

The Lathrop HS Ski Team boosters will host a post-race Spaghetti dinner at Lathrop HS at 6:00pm Saturday, with award presentations beginning in the same location at 7:00pm.  All prizes are donated by Beaver Sports.