The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce that the Twenty-first annual KINROSS Fort KnoxTown Race Series continues with the Woolly Rhino Classic, Saturday, January 14, at 11:00am at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The KINROSS Fort KnoxTown Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers. Over 200 entries are anticipated.
All races will be held in mass start format in classic technique. The action starts at 11:00am with competition in the Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade classes (1.5km), followed by 3rd and 4th grade classes (2km), and 5th and 6th grade classes (2.5km). Middle school skiers will go 3Km, Women will go 7.5Km and high school and adult men will go 10Km.
Entry is free for all students from Kindergarten through high school. School students 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. 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, January 11. 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 and Trax Outdoor Center. Forms may be picked up at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center or Goldstream Sports as well.
All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary and junior 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.
Entry lists, start lists, course maps, results, etc., will be available at http://skiraces.sportalaska.com/2016-2017/town_series.html.
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 race in the Kinross Fort Knox Town Race Series will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017. The event is the Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Ski-Cross. The format is ski-cross in skate technique (mass-start heats with terrain features and many turns) over short distances for all classes.