FAIRBANKS — The first cross-country ski race of the season will be Halloween night this year when the Wednesday Night Ski Race Series gets under way on the Jim Whisenhant Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
The 5-kilometer race will start at 6:45 p.m. in the Birch Hill stadium. Participants who ski in a costume will get a 30-second head start on their competitors.
The Wednesday Night Race Series has the longest season of any cross-country ski race series in the country.
Other Wednesday Night Series events are scheduled for Nov.. 7, Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 13, March 27, April 3 and April 10.
The temperature cutoff for all races is 4 below as determined by the Birch Hill web thermometer at 5:30 p.m. on race day. The average race is 5 kilometers and each race will be mass start.
Only one registration and one number are required for the entire series.
For the first race, registration opens at 6 p.m. in the old warming hut on Birch Hill and will close five minutes before the start of the race.
For future races, same day race registration is available 15 minutes before each race.
Race fees are $3 per race for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks or $20 for the whole series (8 races). Fees for non-NSCF members are $5 or $25, respectively.
There are divisions for males and females with three age classes each — youth (12-18), adult (19-49) and masters (50+). A team event has been added this year.
Prizes are awarded to race participants after each race. Last year race skiers took home more than $600 in prizes.
This year’s sponsors include, Goldstream Sports, Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country, Everts Air Alaska, and Challenge Life LLC.
Visit www.wnrace.com for race information, schedule, registration form, race video, results, and race route maps or contact Ken Leary at 450-2353.