The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce that the Twenty-first Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series continues with the Fairbanks Youth Sports Sprint Festival, Saturday, December 3, 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 preschoolers.  Over 150 entries are anticipated.  More snow is needed before classic tracks can be set, but we still plan to hold the race in classic technique.  If the forecast snow is not forthcoming, we may decide to change to free technique.  But plan on classic technique.

Racing begins at 11:00am with competition for high school and adult skiers.  Those groups will compete in elimination sprints over 800m ("B" Bracket) and 1Km ("A" Bracket) courses, with quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.  Depending upon registration in the various classes there may be several sprint elimination brackets:  High School and Adult Women's "A" and "B" brackets, High School and Adult Men's "A" and "B" brackets, and a Master Men's bracket. 

The first heats will be the high school and adult men's and women's "B" brackets at 11:00AM, followed by the masters men's bracket and the high school and adult men's and women's "A" bracket heats.  The "B" brackets will be run to completion before the "A" brackets start.  The last high school/adult/masters sprint heat should conclude shortly after 2PM.  The number of skiers in each heat and the number of skiers advancing from each round to the next is dependent upon registration numbers.  Each bracket may consist of four quarterfinals, two semifinals, a "B" final and an "A" final. 

This race will serve as a Region VI high school competition, with skiers from Lathrop HS, West Valley HS, and Hutchison HS and competing in both boys' and girls' classes.

The format for the younger skiers will consist of short sprints.  Beginning at approximately 2:15PM, elementary and junior high skiers will compete in short sprints (150m-300m untimed) within the usual age-classes (K-1-2 girls, K-1-2 boys, grade 3-4 girls, grade 3-4 boys, grade 5-6 girls, grade 5-6 boys, grade 7-8 girls, grade 7-8 boys). 

Entry is free for all school students from Kindergarten through high school. School students may be entered through their school club or team.  The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members.  Race entries close at 4:00pm Wednesday, November 30.  There will be no late entries or race day entries.  Competitors may pick up and drop off entry forms at Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country or Trax Outdoor Center.  Entry forms may be picked up at Goldstream Sports and the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center building, too. 

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

For further information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series go to: http://skiraces.sportalaska.com/2016-2017/town_series.html or contact the NSCF race program via e-mail at sportalaska[at]gci[dot]net.  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 of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks at that same e-mail address and request that materials be sent to them.

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is a 1000-member non-profit organization that provides instruction for youth and adults, recreational tours, and educational programs and clinics.  The Nordic Ski Club raises money for trail improvements, maintenance and grooming through private donations to its trail fund.  The Nordic Ski Club jointly manages Birch Hill Recreation Area in cooperation with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department.

KINROSS Fort Knox is in their third season as the sponsor of the Town Race Series. Fairbanks Youth Sports, a twenty-year sponsor, is the presenting sponsor for this event. Woolly Rhino, a nine-year sponsor, presents the third race in the series, and Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks (eighteen years with the Town Series) sponsors the final event.  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.

The remaining races in the Kinross Fort Knox Town Race Series are:
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - Woolly Rhino Classic - All events in free technique; Elementary and middle-school skiers will compete in mass start format:  1Km for Grades K-1-2, 1.5Km for Grades 3-4, 2Km for Grade 5-6, 3.5Km for Grade 7-8; HS and Adult Classes will race in interval start format: 7.5Km for women and 10Km for men

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Ski-Cross - Ski-cross race format in skate technique (mass-start heats with terrain features and many turns) in free technique over short distances for all classes