SOD Race Series

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  • SOD Paraffin Series Standings to January 16, 2017 - Here’s an update on the points standings to January 16, 2017 following the completion of the first two races of the season, the Yuletide Blast and the Midland Loppet. SOD Standings After Paraffin Race 1 and 2 Please have a look. Al White will be pleased to accept inquiries (and corrections).  Al White can be contacted at alanwhite2001@rogers.com Two more Paraffin Series race events take place this weekend, the Mono Invitational on...
  • Registration Open for the Muskoka Loppet – January 22, 2017 - The Muskoka Loppet Registration is now open at http://arrowheadnordic.ca/blog/club-events/muskoka-loppet/. The event is taking place on Sunday, January 22, 2017. This is a classic-style event. Two items to make particular note of: 1.      There is NO race-day registration this year. Online registration closes January 20th. Early bird registration closes January 15th. 2.      This race is part of the SOD Paraffin Race Series. In order to increase accessibility of the sport, focus on athlete development, and reduce...

SOD Paraffin Series for the 2015 / 2016 Season 

Announcing the return of the super fun SOD Paraffin Race Series for the 2015 / 2016 season!  Last season, this highly successful and fun series of races brought skiers from all over Southern Ontario to experience a variety of different clubs and several different racing events.  One of the magic elements of this series is ‘keeping it simple to keep it fun’!  This is a race series that permits only regular paraffin ski waxes … and none of the super high end, expensive fluoro waxes. That’s how we keep it simple to keep it fun!

This race series is coordinated by the Southern Ontario District for all athletes in the Central and Southern Ontario Region.The series is intended to provide athletes with opportunities to race at local events (within a 1-2 hour drive) to gain experience on a variety of trails and event types.  In addition, the series provides clubs with a forum where they can reach all skiers in the area.The race series is specifically targeted at athletes between the ages of 8 to 14 so they can see what racing is all about, however we encourage athletes of all ages and experience to come on out and enjoy!  Right now we have races that serve athletes of all ages from 5 to 85.As a participant in the race series you have the opportunity to earn points that at the end of the year are totalled for awards and prizes, and the opportunity to become part of the SOD Race Team (more details soon).Here is a listing of the races currently scheduled, and the races where athletes can accumulate points.

Date Venue and Eligible Races
Mon, Dec 28 Hardwood Night Race – Cancelled (No Snow)
Sun Jan 3 Highlands Nordic Yuletide Blast – enter distances based on year of birth
Sun Jan 3 Midland SnowDogs Duathlon – Cancelled (Poor Snow Conditions)
Sat Jan 23 Mono Nordic, Orangeville – enter distances based on year of birth
Sun Jan 31 Georgian Nordic Sounder, Parry Sound – Classic, Open (1985 – 1997), Masters 11K (1914 – 1984)
Pee Wee (or younger) – 3K,  Midget, Juvenile, Junior Boys and Girls – 5K
Sun Feb 14 Suntrail Special, Hepworth – enter distances based on year of birth
Fri Feb 19 Hardwood Night Race, near Barrie – enter distances based on year of birth
Sun March 13 Mountain View Ski Cross, Midland – enter distances based on year of birth

Depending on snow conditions, race organizers may make last minute changes to the distances and race courses.  This will not affect the accumulation of points as any modified distances and courses will be the same for each year of birth.

Here are the ages and considerations for race categories and accumulating points:

Age Categories for Points

The ages refer to the athlete’s age as of December 31st, 2015, YOB is Year of Birth

Boys and Men Girls and Women
YOB 2004 or later YOB 2004 or later
Pee Wee YOB 2003 Pee Wee YOB 2003
Midget YOB 2002 Midget YOB 2002
Midget YOB 2001 Midget YOB 2001
Juvenile YOB 2000 Juvenile YOB 2000
Junior Boys YOB 1999 Junior Girls YOB 1999
Junior Boys YOB 1998 Junior Girls YOB 1998
Men    YOB: 1985 – 1997 (Open) Women: YOB: 1985 – 1997 (Open)
Men    YOB: 1914 – 1984 (Masters) Women: YOB: 1914 – 1984 (Masters)

Note: Athletes can race up categories, however points are earned in the category raced.  If an athlete races up in one race and competes in their normal category in another race, their points will not be combined.

Masters points will use the Zone4 age correction formula.

Points Calculations and Rules Summary

  1. There is a separate report for each age and gender category that provides the detailed points breakdown by athlete.
  2. Points are awarded on the basis of 100 for 1st place, 90 for 2nd, 80 for 3rd, 75 for fourth, 70 for fifth and so on, all finishers from 23th place and on get 1 point each.  Here’s the complete points breakdown for each race: Points Awarded for Placement in the 2016 SOD Paraffin Race Series
  3. The first three finishers in each age category are eligible for awards.
  4. The top ‘n’ race results count towards individual rankings, where ‘n’ is defined by how many races qualify depending on snow availability. This will be determined by the SOD Executive near the end of the season and posted on this site
  5. Only skiers registered with an active SOD ski club will accrue SOD points.
  6. End of year standings are used to select athletes for the SOD Racing Team (more information to be posted shortly).
  7. Skiers who enter more than one age category cannot combine points across categories.
  8. A tie for any position in a particular race results in equal points being awarded.
  9. In case of a tie for an SOD award, athletes with equal points are awarded same placing.
  10. In case of a tie at the award level (1, 2, or 3), the award at the next level is dropped (i.e., two 1st place, no 2nd place).
  11. Points are awarded for the category raced.  Regardless of the skier’s normal, age appropriate category.  Be aware that if an athlete races in one category for the individual events, and chooses to race in a different category for a team relay, the points will NOT be combined. This is consistent with points for individual races: you get points for the category you race in.
  12. Waxing Restrictions – These races are part of the SOD Paraffin Race Series. In order to increase accessibility of the sport, focus on athlete development and reduce costs, no glide waxes with fluorocarbons are permitted.  No Low-Fluoro wax, High-Fluoro wax, powders, hardeners or gels are permitted.  This restriction applies to all categories, including Open and Masters. This restriction does not apply to grip waxes.

Come on out to celebrate the ski season with all the other skiers, coaches, parents and clubs in the region!  This is what makes the cross country ski community so amazing!

And remember, these races are all about fun! Whether you’re experienced, or just starting out, they’re made to be fun.

High School racers are always welcome to join in these races for some extra racing experience. Hope to see you there.