AMH Anchorage Cup
A WINTER TRADITION!
- Achieve your goals of fitness this winter
- Fun for all ages and abilities
- Community ski/Touring wave at each event
The AMH Anchorage Cup Citizen Races are five ski events brought to you by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage and sponsored by Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. The goal is to have fun, ski on well-groomed trails, and enjoy the amazing Anchorage ski community.
This series is for people of all ages and abilities choose a distance, line up on the start line, and go! Whether you prefer the warmth of wool or the speed of spandex, whether you want to go as fast as you can or ski with friends, it’s a great way to get outside on a Sunday and enjoy the winter!
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Event Day Registration: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bib pick-up: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Times: 12:00 Noon
Extended Registration and bib-pickup for YOUTH racers in 3k & 5k: 12:00-12:15pm, manned by Junior Nordic Ready 2 Race Coaches.
January 26, 2020
Co-hosted with Sons of Norway! Sons of Norway will provide apres-ski waffles! There will be a Traditional Costume Contest Prior to Race Start. Any skier who wants to wear their traditional attire can enter. Wooden Skis are not required for the Traditional Costume Contest.
Race Style: Classic
Distances: 27k / 16k / 5k / 3k including youth distance course; If you want to use your wooden skis, we recommend the 3k or 5k courses.
Where & When: Kincaid on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 12pm.
February 9, 2020
Co-hosted with Junior Nordic to bring you the Sprint Relays and the Ski Cross! Thank you to the Junior Nordic coaches, skiers and families for helping put together the Ski Cross course!
Race Style: Freestyle race (skate or classic)
Distances: 2 x 2 x 2K (two partners will each ski two 2K laps), including youth distance course: Identify your partner at bib pick-up.
Where & When: Kincaid Park on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 12pm.
- Food Trucks!
- Ski Cross course for youth races! (plus unofficial ski cross races for youthful adults) Youth skiers will do heats of the Ski Cross course at 1:15pm (Ski Cross is a short ski race with obstacles, jumps, etc. to make things interesting and challenge skier’s abilities, it leads to kids becoming experts on skis!)
February 16, 2020
Pizza and refreshments brought to you by Moose’s Tooth! Awards will be given to the top men and women of the Anchorage Cup point winners.
Race Style: Freestyle race (skate or classic)
Distances: 30K, 10K, 5K, 3K including youth distance course
Where & When: Kincaid Park on Sunday February 16, 2020 at 12pm
There will be one feed station in the stadium by Start/Finish transition area. High school volunteers will be handing out water and sports drink. Say hello to them when you ski on by!
December 15, 2019
Co-hosted with Alaska Winter Stars! Thank you for the delicious soup and all your help! Alaska Winter Stars will provide apres-ski soup – Please bring your own bowl, spoon, and mug if you would like soup!
Costume Contest!! Dress up with your spring partner – a prize will be given to the best costume!
Race Style: SPRINT RELAY
Course Map AC#1 team sprint 15dec19
Distances: 2 x 2 x 1.5k
Where & When: December 15, 2019 at 12pm at Kincaid Park. Registration in the Bunker, Start/Finish in the Biathlon Range.
New to community races? Learn the ins and outs of this community series and more local events and races. Great for parents and Jr. Nordic families!
January 12, 2020
Co-hosted with APU Nordic Ski Team! Thank you for the delicious soup and all your help! APU will provide apres-ski soup – Please bring your own bowl, spoon, and mug if you would like soup.
Race Style: Duathlon race (classic, then freestyle)
Distances: 5K classic + 5K skate or 3K classic + 3K skate (Skiathlon & relay)
Course Map: click here to download
Where & When: Kincaid on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 12pm.
This is a duathlon event (also called a pursuit) – Solo racers ski around the classic loop and stop in the stadium to exchange equipment before going around the freestyle loop. Solo racers have no requirements for how much equipment they exchange, however, while in the equipment exchange area, they must come to a complete stop and step out of their bindings before continuing on. The equipment exchange area will be in a separate chute from the finish and relay tag zone chute.
Anchorage Cup races will not be held when weather or trail conditions pose a safety risk to participants. When weather or trail conditions are marginal we may encourage participants to enter the shorter distance events. There is no specific minimum air temperature that races will be held. The determination of whether the race can be safely held will be based on multiple factors including temperature, wind, precipitation and course conditions.
The Race Director will make a final determination regarding the acceptability of racing conditions as soon as possible, but no later than 10am the morning of the race. Any cancellations or updates will be posted to the top of this website and to the NSAA Facebook page. A race that cannot be held due to unsafe conditions will be rescheduled and if there are no available dates it will be cancelled. Registration fees will not be refunded.
Anchorage Cup Points
Anchorage Cup points will be awarded to everyone who finishes a race. Points are calculated by taking your race time and dividing by the average time of the top 3 finishers in your race. For the longest race course the result will be multiplied by 100. For shorter races, the result will be multiplied by the ratio of your race distance divided by the distance of the longest race. Men and women points will be calculated separately. For determining overall end-of-season Anchorage Cup winners, each person’s top 3 point values out of 4 points races will be totaled.
Points = Anchorage Cup Race Points
ATTT = Average time of the top 3 finishers in your race
Time = Your time
Dist = Your Course distance
MaxDist = The maxiumu course distance