Sonot Kkaazoot

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Sonot Kkaazoot
Sonot Kkaazoot 2012.jpg
Flyer for 2012 race (25th anniversary), design by Mark Ross
Date late March
Location Fairbanks, Alaska
Event type Cross-country ski race
Distance 50 km
Established 1988
Official site nscfairbanks.org

The Sonot Kkaazoot is the premier long-distance cross-country ski race in Fairbanks, Alaska. The race includes two events, a 50 km (31 mile) and 20 km (12.5 mile) course. Both events begin and end on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. Both events are freestyle, mass start and are raced simultaneously.

Origins[edit]

The race was founded in 1988 by noted Fairbanks skier Bob Baker. The name of the race is based on a Koyukon word which translates roughly as 'sliding around in early spring' and was used by Native people to describe the motion of cross-country skiers.

Course[edit]

Both the 20 km and 50 km events begin and end on the Chena River above the Cushman Street bridge in downtown Fairbanks. The course then proceeds up the Chena River, entering Fort Wainwright army post and continuing as far as the Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area. At that point the 20 km race turns around and returns via the same course back to the start/finish area.

The 50 km course proceeds up the Birch Hill alpine ski hill to connect with the trails system at the Birch Hill Recreation Area. From there the course follows all of the trails in the Birch Hill system (excepting the classic-only trails) in a counter-clockwise direction. After approximately 27 km the course again returns to the top of the alpine ski hill and proceeds back to the river and to the start/finish area by the same route.

In 2012 the 50 km race will make use of a new trail constructed to gain access to the Birch Hill Recreation Area. Rather than climbing directly up the alpine ski hill, the Sonot Connector trail climbs through the forest to the east of the ski hill, starting from the top of the rope tow and making two long switchbacks.

Adjustments to the course are sometimes made due to weather or snow conditions. When it is not possible to hold the race on river, either due to ice conditions or cold temperatures, the race may be held entirely on the trail system at the Birch Hill Recreation Area, beginning and ending in the stadium area. In these cases the race is usually shortened to compensate for the addition of steeper terrain. In years of low snowfall when it is not possible to easily connect between the river and the alpine ski area, the race may be held entirely on the river. In this the 20 km course remains unchanged, but the 50 km course proceeds slightly further up the river before turning around at 12.5 km, returning to the start, and then doing another lap of the same course along the river.

Elevation profile of 2011 course

Past Winners[edit]

50 km race
Year Men Time Women Time
2013-03-29 Cody Priest 2:21:55.2 Rebecca Konieczny 2:33:38.7
2013-03-23 Victor Brannmark 2:33:07.5 Raphaela Sieber 3:12:02.2
2012-03-24 Lex Treinen 2:28:31.2 Heather Edic 2:55:31.2
2011-03-21 Erik Soederstrom 2:13:48.1 Melissa Lewis 2:35:15.2
2010-03-28 Lex Treinen 2:17:30.0 Raphaela Sieber 2:30:35.9
2009-03-14 Tyson Flaharty 2:15:06.9 Davya Flaharty 3:06:40.4
2008-03-22 Petter Eliassen 1:57:55 Sigrid Aas 2:15:22
2007-03-25 Trond Flagstad 2:38:32 Kate Pearson 2:59:58
2006-03-25 Kjetil Dammen 2:20:45 Melissa Lewis 2:41:02
2005-03-26 Thomas Oyberg 2:11:55.0 Melissa Lewis 2:31:13.0
2004 Erik Wickstrom 2:16:46 Melissa Lewis 2:42:15
2003-03-22 Michal Malak 1:56:20 Sigrid Aas 2:09:42
2002-03-23 Kevin Wright 2:21:19 Kiersten Lippmann 2:36:44
2001 Juraj Burgos 2:12:39 Sigrid Aas 2:42:31
2000 Juraj Burgos 2:22:56 Karin Gillis 2:56:16
1999 Audun Endestad 2:20:56 Melissa Lewis 2:47:42
1998 Audun Endestad 1:42:26 Hailey Wappett 1:56:22
1997 Audun Endestad 2:16:20 Nadezhda Simak 2:35:43
1996 Adam Verrier 2:16:29 Donna Hawkins 2:42:18
1995 Peter Alden 2:07:55 Donna Hawkins 2:24:22
1994 Ed Kohler 2:33:04 Donna Hawkins 3:00:23
1993 Peter Alden 2:12:53 Melissa Fink 2:36:00
1992 Steve Bull 2:30:59 Alina McMaster 2:55:43
1991 Dan Fleener 2:42:40 Amanda Findlater 3:39:03
1990 Peter Alden 2:23:41 Kelli Lindeman 2:55:00
1989 Jon Underwood 2:22:06 Kelly Kimball 2:43:57
1988 Tim Kelley 2:43:28 Donna DeVoe 3:09:13
20 km race
Year Men Time Women Time
2012-03-24 Max Donaldson 52:29.5 Maria Bray 1:02:43.3
2011-03-20 Max Kaufman 50:02.4 Maria Bray 55:59.9
2010-03-28 Stefan Hajdukovich 49:36.5 Crystal Pitney 59:13.7
2009-03-14 Jim Button 45:49.1 Kate Arduser 46:21.8
2007-03-25 Nicholas Ferree 1:01:08 Davya Flaharty 1:06:16
2005-03-26 Marius Korthauer 46:54.5 Christina Gillis 50:00.9
2004
2003-03-22
2002-03-23 Aelin Peterson

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