FAIRBANKS — The ninth annual Ski Your Age in Kilometers is scheduled for Wednesday, the day after Christmas, at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
The purpose of the event, which is sponsored by Stoltz Dental Group and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Banner Health, is to get as many people as possible of all ages out the door for some post-Christmas exercise.
There is no entry fee for the event, which is a fundraiser for Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC), the junior racing program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF).
Participants are encouraged to bring leftovers from their holiday dinners (or another potluck dish) so they and the skiers who ski a large number of kilometers will have some healthy food to keep fueled during the day.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can register and bring potluck dishes to the Birch Hill Ski Center. Skiers can start earlier, if they want to start on their own.
Participants are encouraged to ski as many kilometers as possible to achieve their Ski Your Age goals.
There are bronze, silver, gold, and platinum achievement levels, so even if you can’t ski your full age in kilometers, you can earn recognition for you achievement at another level.
Skiers will be asked to sign in, noting their age and their goal in kilometers. A chart showing the bronze, silver, gold and platinum achievement levels for each age will be available.
Trail maps showing loops varying from 1K to 10K and more can be used as a guide.
For those looking for something more strenuous, there will be a sunup-to-sundown challenge. Skiers have from sunrise (10:59 a.m.) until sunset (2:45 p.m.) to ski their age, or 50K, whichever is greater.
In addition to recognizing individual achievements, top performances will be recognized in several other categories: family (the family with the most participants and the family skiing the most kilometers), father-son, mother-daughter, father-daughter, mother-son, grandparent-grandchild and 50-50 club (skiers over the age of 50 who ski more than 50K).
At the event, people can donate to FXC or sign up to become a member of the “Friends of FXC.” An anonymous donor will match all donations up to $5,000.
Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.