The month of March is the reward for surviving a long Alaskan winter. Every savvy survivor of the dark and cold months knows enough to have a plan on how to make use of the sunshine and snow.
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.
Bib pickup will start at 9:00 AM at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in beautiful downtown Talkeetna till 11:00 AM. You will again receive an Oosik poster and if you ordered our quickly getting famous "Ski Talkeetna" Red hat during registration, you will be handed your red hat too. Our cool retro sticker will be on sale at the info desk for $1.
People coming up by train, please run to the bib pickup, run to the start, you might make it.
Also this year, Toko rep Patrick McGownd and helpers with assistant of the Highschool ski team will provide free ski waxing near the race start. Feel free to leave a donation for the Highschool ski team to cover their equipment, coach, grooming and travel expenses to races.
Its a bad deal, I know. Because how can you blame your wax for that slow time if its done perfectly. Expect some lines.
This will be the fourth 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 at the Hangar from 9AM - 10AM. Each 1-2 child(ren) has/have to bring 1 volunteer parent! The start is at 10:15AM (Talkeetna time) at the Gravel Pit (mile 11 on Talkeetna Spur rd) and does part of the adult Oosik, and comes with their own feed station donated by the Flying Squirrel.
The Oosik Classic starts at high noon with the 50km; the 25km starts at 12:30 PM. The start/finish of the race is 3 miles out of town at mile 10.9 on the Talkeetna Spur rd in the DOT stadium (Gravel pit). Please carpool from the Bib pickup in town to the start/finish along the spur as parking is limited.
Feed Stations/Finish Snack
The finish line skiers-only feed station is this year catered by Flying Squirrel and provides 2 kinds of soup and their homemade bread. Beautiful downtown Talkeetna has plenty of eateries for your dinner at night.
The award ceremony will be held at 7PM in the Village Park. There are cash prizes for the winners and plenty of sponsored doorprices for the rest. Please bring your Oosik doorprice coupon to enter the drawing.
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
The Sugar Strings are a high-energy, harmonious blend of piano, violin, cello, guitar, and odd percussion, creating the sound of a sweet and funky foot-stomping symphony. 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.
Directions to Talkeetna
Give yourself 2 1/2 hours from Anchorage and a little over 5 hours from Fairbanks when the road conditions are good. Please drive safely! Bringing friends makes the time fly!