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SOD Paraffin Series for the 2017 / 2018 Season 

Announcing the return of the SOD Paraffin Race Series for the 2017 / 2018 season!  Over the past several years, 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 Race
Sat Dec 16, 2017 Yuletide Blast at Highlands Nordic
Sun Jan 7, 2018 Midland Loppet at Mountainview Midland
Sat Jan 13, 2018 Mono Nordic
Sun Jan 28, 2018 Muskoka Loppet at Arrowhead
Sun Feb 11, 2018 Suntrail Special at Hepworth – Bruce Ski Club
Sun Feb 25, 2018 Sounder Loppet at Georgian Nordic
Sun Mar 4, 2018 Series Finals – Ski Cross at Mountainview Midland

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 athletes’ age as of December 31st, 2017, YOB is Year of Birth

We are using the modified age categories as per Cross Country Ski Ontario.

Boys and Men Girls and Women
YOB 2009 or later YOB 2009 or later
Pee Wee YOB 2008 Pee Wee YOB 2008
Pee Wee YOB 2007 Pee Wee YOB 2007
Pee Wee YOB 2006 Pee Wee YOB 2006
Midget YOB 2005 Midget YOB 2005
Midget YOB 2004 Midget YOB 2004
Juvenile YOB 2003 Juvenile YOB 2003
Juvenile YOB 2002 Juvenile YOB 2002
Junior Boys YOB 2001 Junior Girls YOB 2001
Junior Boys YOB 2000 Junior Girls YOB 2000
Men    YOB: 1988 – 1999 (Open) Women: YOB: 1988 – 1999 (Open)
Men    YOB: * – 1987 (Masters) Women: YOB: * – 1987 (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.  Please race in the same category for the entirety of the series.

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 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
  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.