Sonot Kkaazoot, which is Athabascan for “springtime” and “to slide your feet across the snow” was today, WOOT!
This is our annual ski marathon. With multiple distances from 20-50 kilometers it really brings a large gathering from the community. From junior nordics to 80 years old Its an amazing time. As part of the race committee I was there all day, from start to finish.
I decided to dress warm for all the standing around, even though the temps were around 40. I went with the traditional Sonot Official Orange and my INKnBURN Ryu pullover to complete the orange power look. It was a perfect combo and I was warm all day long.
The skiers were off on a very soft course. And as the signs say, the ice was thin. I saw two people punch through the thin ice on the Chena River. Maybe next year we need bigger signs.
The 20K skiers are fast and furious on the return! Then trickle in the 40K and 50K skiers. In some spots there were at least 6 inches of overflow water on parts of the course. We had to re-route around those areas as best we could. All skiers finished and were accounted for. My sister Susan was the sweeper this year. She has skied each and every Sonot 50K, she is an animal! Even our 80 year old participant int he 50k finished strong and with a smile.
I have some amazing photos of finishers, but in order to preserve privacy of our younger participants I will not post them. Look for updates on the Sonot webpage or the Fairbanks Daily News Miner!
It was an amazing day. I got to see lots of friends and lots of people I only see once or twice a year during ski season.
Until next year! Now its time for winter break up and spring!