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 NF-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 and 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. 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 totaled for awards and prizes, and the opportunity to become part of the SOD Race Team.
2022-2023 Paraffin Series Races
Hello everyone and welcome to the 2022-2023 Paraffin Series!
The season is nearly upon us so keep up that snow dance! The schedule has not been finalized yet but the current schedule looks like this:
Saturday December 17th – Yuletide Blast @ Highlands Nordic (Race notice available HERE )
Saturday January 14th – Kawartha Skiathlon @ Kawartha Nordic
Sunday January 15th – Sounder @ Georgian Nordic
Saturday January 28th – Mono Race @ Mono Nordic
Sunday February 5th – Suntrail Special @ Bruce Ski Club
Sunday March 5th – Mountainview Ski Cross @ Mountainview
Saturday March 25th – Team Sprints at Georgian Nordic
We’re very excited to have a new race on the schedule for this season: a skiathlon at Kawartha. A proposed race at Arrowhead isn’t going to happen this year but a huge thank you to Holly Strickland for her tireless efforts in trying to get it off the ground.
Hope to see you all soon!
SOD Overall Series Points
Overall SOD Series standings will be calculated with SOD Paraffin Series points accumulated during the race season. Athletes will be awarded points based on ‘Position to Points’ table found below:
At the end of the qualifying ski season, a cumulative score is computed for each skier. For each skier, the cumulative score represents the sum of their N best races (N represents the total number of events actually held in the season) MINUS 2. For example, if 7 Paraffin events are held then event points would be summed over a maximum of 5 races. In other words, you can miss up to 2 races in the series with no penalty to your overall point total. As another example, if 7 Paraffin events are held and a skier attends all 7 then their lowest two point totals would be deducted from their overall score to take their best 5 results.
The points are calculated this way for several reasons:
To reduce pressure on athletes to race when they are not feeling 100% / sick / injured
To reduce pressure on parents to attend each and every race all season
To balance out the travel commitment for clubs that have to travel long distances to attend races
If you have any questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime.
Paraffin Series Race Convenor
Clarifying Note Regarding Nordiq Canada Racing Licences
A Nordiq Canada (NC) race licence is not necessary, nor is it used to seed racers at SOD Paraffin races.
For other races that are sanctioned by NC and XCSO, such as Ontario Winter Games, Ontario Cups, and Ontario Youth Championships (OYC) then it is possibly advantageous to have a licence so that you are given a proper start position (seed). Seeding generally becomes more important in mass start events. Using a points system is an equitable way to place racers in a mass start order.
A cheaper development licence is available for skiers born in 2006 or after who wish to compete in Tier 1 or Tier II Nationally Sanctioned Points Competitions for $25. For other age categories it is 55$