Come join the Skiathon this Sunday, March 19, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system.

The 20-kilometer, classic-only Skiathon is a race and a tour. Participants are timed but can go as fast or as slow as they want. All finishers receive a Skiathon patch. Early registration is only $15 ($10 for students), but registration forms must be turned in before noon on March 18. People can sign up on the day of the race, but late registration fees go up to $40. Pick up and drop off registration forms at Beaver Sports, Goldstream Sports or Raven Cross Country. 

Bib pick-up is in the UAF Ski Hut on West Ridge, near the Geophysical Institute. It starts at 10am and the race/tour starts at 11am. 

This joint event of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the UAF Trails Club is a fundraiser for the UAF trail system.  The club’s last project was to upgrade the warming hut roof. The Skiathon has quite a history, reaching way back into the last century. 

For more information or to volunteer contact Stan Justice at 479-5017 or stanjustice(at) or web page

An earlier version of this story had March 16 as the early registration deadline. Apologies.