The 28th Annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot happens in less than a week and things are looking good. Organizers skied the Chena River portion on Sunday and reported solid conditions. The inspections will continue.

The bib pick-up will be on Thursday, March 26, between 5 and 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Doyon Ltd. headquarters. Online registration for the event is closed. Late registrations will be accepted at bib pick-up. Late registration fees for the 20-kilometer event are $35 for skiers 16 or younger on race day and $50 for those 17 and older. Fees for the 40- and 50-kilometer events are $60 for everyone. However, organizers will be able to accept only cash or checks (made payable to “Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks”). Out-of-towners who cannot make it to the bib pick-up can late register (and avoid day-of-race charges) if you email your name, gender, date of birth, event you want to enter, and hometown to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 4 p.m. on Thursday. Organizers will assign you a bib to pick up on race day as soon as you pay your late registration by check or cash.

Sonot shirts and headbands—blue and red, no white—are still available and will be sold at the bib pickup and at the banquet after the race. Cash or checks only, please.  

 

This Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks race is made possible by generous support from title sponsor Denali State Bank, as well as from sponsors Doyon Ltd., Fort Wainwright, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

 

The race will be held on Saturday and will include four separate events with three staggered mass starts. The 50-kilometer classic-technique-only event starts at 9:30am. The 50-kilometer and 40-kilometer freestyle (skate or classic) events both start at 10am. Finally, the 20-kilometer freestyle event starts at 10:30am. Feed stations, hosted by local school ski teams, are located every five to six kilometers on the course and start at 10am.

 

If the river is deemed unsafe, all events will be held entirely on the Birch Hill cross-country ski trails and are scaled back in distance to account for the additional hills.

An Awards Ceremony and banquet is held after the race at 6pm in the Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, and drinks are provided. Skiers are asked to bring a salad or dessert to feed 10 hungry people.

 

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