Oosik Info – March 18, 2017
The top-end competition at the front of the race is always hotly contested, but the majority of skiers are on the less-competitive end of the spectrum. Many people use the race as a chance to get outside with friends for some social skiing.
9:00AM – 11:00AM, Bib PickupYou can buy our famous “Ski Talkeetna” hat at the info desk. Our cool retro sticker will be on sale at the info desk too.
People coming up by train, please run to the bib pickup, run to the start, you might make it.
Carpool is highly recommended.
Please do not park in alleyways or block driveways (locals, EMS and our fire department need to have access). RV’s can park overnight at the elementary school from Saturday 7AM – Sunday 5PM. Campers can hit the beach at the end of main street.
9:00AM – 11:00AM, Ski Waxing
Also this year, Toko rep Patrick McGownd and helpers, will provide free ski waxing Feel free to leave a donation for our Junior Nordic program to cover their equipment, coaching, grooming and hot coca requirements.
Expect some lines.
9:00AM – 11:30AM, Junior Oosik Bib Pickup and Race
This will be the sixth year the race is preceded by a Junior Oosik. Kids ages 5-12 can join in the fun by participating in a shortened 3km version of the Oosik while the crowd cheers them on. Children can be registered for free by an adult. Sign up for the Junior Oosik will be held at the starting line on the morning of the race from 9:45-10:15am. Each 1-2 child(ren) has/have to bring 1 volunteer parent! The start is at 10:30AM (Talkeetna time) across the Talkeetna at the end of main street and does part of the adult Oosik trail. This year kids get their own green Oosik bib and the race comes with their own feed station
Noon and 12:30PM, Race Start
The Oosik Classic starts at high noon with the 50km; the 25km starts at 12:30PM.
Race, Trail, Timing
Oosik distances are approximate: With current snow conditions we are looking at a 25km and 50km race.
The 50km will be a single loop. Please yield to all in spandex and/or skiers sporting a red bib.
The cut off time for the 50km skiers is at the mid point at 3PM. A sweep will hurry the red lantern to the finish
Like the past many years Bob and Meg will be telling you again how good you are, or how much you suck (or spend time in an aid station). Make sure you say “Thank you Bob” or “Thank you Meg” at the finish line, or your time will be deleted from the results. All skiers have to show their bib number at the finish line. Please do not cross the finish line a second time, or when not in the race/tour.
Feed Stations / Finish Snack
The finish line skiers-only feed station is catered by the Wild Flower this year and provides the snack you have longed for the past 2-3-8 hrs. Beautiful downtown Talkeetna has plenty of eateries for your dinner at night.
Results will be posted from 4:00PM onwards wand will be posted on the Denali Nordic Ski Club website the day after the race.
7:00PM, Award Ceremony
The award ceremony will be held at 7:00PM in the Village Park. There are cash prizes for the winners and plenty of sponsored door prizes for the rest. Please bring your Oosik door prize coupon to enter the drawing.
7:30PM – midnight, After-Party
After all the skiing is done, Talkeetna rolls out the red carpet at the Hangar for what is surely the best after-party of any race event in Alaska. The party has plenty of our local free beer Denali Brewing Company. Music is this year from The Drity Hands. Don’t spend all your energy skiing, while they will make you dance the whole night. The Hangar has a 250 max capacity and the door will be run with a first come – first serve policy. Bring your bib or volunteer ticket to enter.
Registration opens on February 1, 2017
There will be a cap of 750 skiers total
Due to the fixed costs of producing the Oosik Classic Race and Tour, no refunds will be given for any reason, including Race cancellation.
February 1 – February 29: $55
March 1 – March 14: $75
Day of race: $110
Oosik Route 2017
The race course is built at the discretion of the Trailmeister and a crew of jolly track setters and different every year. This years trailmeister Wade, has gone wild again and entered country never seen by Oosikers before.
The 2017 Oosik will start at the end of Main Street. The trail heads up the Susitna and will cross over to the Talkeetna via Billion Slough. After a couple kilometers on the Talkeetna river it cuts back into big cotton woods and Birch forest with valleys and ridges you can sport your haring bone style on. After the famous Ridge Trail the trail enters the airport swamp, and heads up the hill to the finish line. 50km skiers will do the whole loop with a 25km extension up Clear Creek and will visit Mama and Papa Bear. Keep an eye out on facebook for the latest information.