SKAN 24 kicks off yet another skiing-madness marathon

by • March 19, 2013 • trailmixComments (0)491

Participants in SKAN 24 2012 relax in the sun between laps. Courtesy SKAN 24

Participants in SKAN 24 2012 relax in the sun between laps. Courtesy SKAN 24

It might be the end of skiing for local teams, but those who truly love the sport aren’t ready to hang up their skis yet. The third annual Ski Kincaid All Night 24, a 24-hour marathon of nonstop skiing, is set for 10 a.m. March 23 through 10 a.m. March 24 at Kincaid Park.

Last year’s event attracted 97 racers, 10 of them soloists, with a total of 5,145 miles skied among all competitors. The lap-format race can be tackled solo (Sick in the Head), as a duo relay (Bi-Poler), quad relay (Freaky Fast Foursome), even eight-person team (Octo-Mob) for those who want to make a party of it.

“Our numbers increased by about 30 percent from the first year to the second,” said race director Chet Fehrmann. “Since the inaugural event, we have added a breakfast feed, ski demos (Madshus and Rossignol), an RV rental deal, and tapered pricing based on the length of the event and how early you register.”

For those too daunted, or simply not in the mood for, the 24-hour angle, there are two shorter divisions of 12 hours or six hours. Skiers ages 6-14 have a junior division, during which teams of four race in the six-hour race only. And new this year is the six-hour night relay, which starts at midnight Saturday, March 23 and ends at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 24. There are two, 6Kcourses, which are alternated every couple of hours and reversed in direction, mixing it up for skiers and helping groomers keep the trails in good shape.

“The most popular event is the eight-person relay,” Fehrmann said. “The junior Nordic event is a great opportunity for younger ‘racers’ to do a race, and the parents can ski along with them with everyone else. It really gives the kids the feeling of being in a race with the fast people.”

SKAN 24, race organizers say, isn’t just about skiing for a ridiculously long time — it’s about hanging out with friends, celebrating the longer daylight hours (and hopefully comfortable temperatures), camaraderie and competition, testing the limit of your body (and mind), having a whole ton of fun eating barbecue and waffles.

There are raffle prizes every three hours, all night long, as well as warming tents and the bunker in which to stay comfy.

“Soloists are in it for the endurance feat,” Fehrmann added, but “the teams are really the atmosphere of the race, and crucial to the soloists. Being on a team, you can go as hard as you can for however many laps as you want and when you tag off to a teammate you can relax, recover and hang out.”

Registration is $25 to $105, depending upon the race entered. There’s no race-day registration or bib pickup, so make sure to take care of those details early. Go to www.skan24.blogspot.com for more details, or register at www.anchoragenordicski.com.

 

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