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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 11:49 pm | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The second race in the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks’ Flint Hills Resources Town Race Series is scheduled for Saturday at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The Fairbanks Youth Sports Skate Sprints are set to get started at 11 a.m. on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails.

The competition will begin with the high school and adult skiers competing in elimination sprints on a 1.25-kilometer course, with quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.

There will be A and B brackets for high school boys and girls, adult men and women and masters men’s classes.

Depending on the number of entries, the races involving older skiers is expected to end shortly after 2 p.m.

More than 200 skiers are expected to compete in Saturday’s event, including Region VI high school skiers from West Valley, Lathrop, North Pole, Hutchison and Monroe Catholic.

Skiers in the younger classes will begin racing about 2:15 p.m.

Skiers in the kindergarten through second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade and seventh and eight grade classes will compete in untimed sprints.

There is no entry fee for all school students from kindergarten through high school. All students need to enter through their school club or team.

The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for all others. Race entries close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. There are no race day entries.

Skiers can pick up and drop off entry forms at Beaver Sports or at Raven Cross Country. Entry also are available at Goldstream Sports and the Birch Hill warming hut.

The Flint Hills Resources Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers.

All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary and junior high skiers who finish two or more of the races in the series receive a commemorative T-shirt at the conclusion of the series.

The third race in the series is the Woolly Rhino Classic on Jan. 12 and the series concludes with the Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Trophy on Jan. 26. The Jan. 12 race features mass start classic races, while the Jan. 26 event are interval start freestyle events.

For more information on the series call the NSCF race program at 347-1061, or by email at sporta laska@gci.net.

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