Race Across Alaska Winter Challenge

Tue December 21 - Sun March 20, 2022
Email #4

Hi All,
We did it! We now have 1000 racers participating. Thank you all so much for participating! We have lots of great things happening in the Race Across Alaska this week. If you missed a past email, check out our website, we now have all past emails available! We also are posting our weekly newsletter video at the top of the Virtual Race Across Alaska Facebook group.

Below you'll find: 
1. Partnership with AWCC
2. Introduction to Cross Country Skiing 
3. Workout Idea of the Week
4. Winner of the Landscape Photo Contest
5. This Weeks Contest!

We have partnered with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is the milepost 48 badge on the Anchorage to Seward (125mile) and Anchorage to Homer (225mile) challenges. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. Every racer that shows their race bib will get $5off their entrance fee plus you'll get a Turnagain Training sticker! We also will have a Race Across Alaska milepost 48 banner hanging (Stay tuned on location!) till March 20th for racers to get a picture in front of! The AWCC is a great way to get in an easy 1.5mile walk while seeing some cool wildlife. BONUS! This Winter they have FREE kicksleds to borrow, first come first served basis.
Racers with Bib: $10 per person (Valid through March 20)
Adult: $17 per person
Alaska Resident Adult: $15 per person (with valid ID)
Student: $13 per person
Child: Free (6 and under)
Military: $15 per person (with US military ID)
Senior: $15 per person

January 10 am to 3 pm (4-day operations: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
February 10 am to 4 pm (4-day operations: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
March 10 am to 5 pm (Open 7 days per week)

2. Introduction to Cross Country Skiing (XC Skiing)
What is it exactly? There are 2 types of cross country skiing styles.
- Classic skiing is a similar motion to walking, running or  moving on a stair master. Classic is great if you do not have a trail that is groomed. Classic is also fun if you have ski tracks set on a groomed trail. Popular places to classic ski in Alaska are Kincaid Park, Nancy Lake Trails and Moose Meadows Trail.

Skate skiing is a similar to in-line skating. It is most ideal on a groomed ski trail but can be done on a firm, wide trail like a bike trail. Popular places to skate ski in Alaska are Kincaid Park, Hills, Hatchers Pass and the White Mountains Recreation Area. 

Want to get more involved in XC Skiing?
- Lessons are offered through many local parks & recreation departments or NSAA and other local xc ski organizations
- APU and Alaska Winter Stars are two good options for ski clubs 
- SkiKu is a very cool ski program that goes to rural Alaskan communities to teach skiing for a week
- Ski Racing is another great way to get more into the sport!

3. Workout Idea of the Week
XC Skiing - Intervals/Drill
Objective: To work on your form in xc skiing & getting heart rate up
Tips: Start comfortable or slightly cold because you will get hot quickly. Remember, cotton kills in the cold!
Ski 10mins warm-up easy pace ski to get warm
Ski 5x: 
2mins steady pace (hard to talk, pushing your effort) 
2mins easy pace (recover, focusing on form)
2mins no poles (working on balance and using arms for momentum)
10min cool-down

Congratulations to Roger Parr on winning the Landscape photo with you exercising in it with 101 Likes/votes. You have won 1 FREE massage from Massage by Heather Gabelman! Thanks to @massagebyheathergabelmanak 

2 FREE tickets to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for the oldest and youngest racer! We currently have a 7yr old and a 91yr old as the top competitors, but anything can happen in 1wk, encourage your kids and parents to sign-up (race director's children have been removed from awards)!

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