Oosik Info – March 17, 2018
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.
Snow, snow, and more snow! Skiers please be advised we have received LOTS of snow in Talkeetna and the course may be softer than previous years. Put large baskets on your poles!
Sunshine Station Childcare is providing childcare services at Northern Susitna Institute from 10:30am-6:30pm. Call 907-733-5437 for more information.
The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge will be offering special room rate for families and skiers during the Oosik. Please call 907-733-9500 for more information.
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 seventh 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. A snack is provided by The Flying Squirrel. 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!
Noon and 12:30PM, Race Start
The Oosik Classic starts at high noon with the 50km; the 25km starts at 12:30PM at the DOT gravel pit at mile 10ish along the Spur rd.
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
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
There will be feed stations along the trail and the Wilflower Cafe will be providing a gourmet snack at the finish line.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, followed by a family friendly after party from 6:00-9:00pm at the lodge with Live Music.
6:00PM, Award Ceremony
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. Don’t spend all your energy skiing, while they will make you dance the whole night to Wasteland Hop. 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, 2018
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 28: $55
March 1 – March 15: $75
Day of race: $110
Oosik Route 2018
Stay tuned for another great Oosik route! Check back for updates.