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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:36 pm

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Youth Sports Skate Sprints cross-country ski races have been rescheduled for Saturday at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The second event of the Flint Hills Town Race Series was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, but was postponed because of bitter cold temperatures.

With more snow expected later this week, temperatures are expected to be between 0 and 5 below on Saturday so weather and trail conditions are not expected to be a problem.

Races will get under way at

11 a.m. Saturday on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails.

The boys B bracket will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the masters men at 11:46 a.m. and the men’s and women’s A brackets at 11:56 a.m.

High school/adult and masters groups will compete in elimination sprints with quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds, with the exception of the masters men’s bracket, which will feature only semifinals and finals.

Saturday’s race serves as a Region VI high school competition, with skiers from Lathrop, West Valley, North Pole, Hutchison and Monroe Catholic expected to compete.

The format for younger skiers will consist of short untimed sprints and will start about

1:30 p.m.

There are separate boys and girls events in four classes — kindergarten-second grade, grades third-fourth, grades fifth-sixth and grades seventh-eighth.

There is no entry fee for students, but the entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and $15 for all others. Entries must be turned in by 5 p.m. Wednesday at Beaver Sports or Raven Cross Country.

Entry forms are available at both locations as well as Goldstream Sports and the Birch Hill warming hut.

If cold temperatures move in after the snow and it looks like they will hold for the weekend, the competition program may be changed.

The decision day for changing the competition program is Thursday. An announcement will be made on the NSCF listserv and website.

Elementary races will not be held if the Birch Hill temperature is colder than 10 below on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website weather page at www.nsc fairbanks.org.

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

More than 200 skiers are expected to compete. All races will be held in free technique.

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

The final two races of the series are slated for January. The Woolly Rhino Open is scheduled for Jan. 12 and the Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Trophy will be held on Jan. 26.

For more information on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks go to www.nscfairbanks.org.

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