Oosik Classic Race & Tour
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Registration is Open Now!
Race, Trail, Timing
Oosik distances are approximate but are generally a 25km and 50km race. Distance depends on route and snow conditions.
We try and make the 50km a single loop. Please yield to all in spandex and/or skiers sporting a pink bib; those are the 50K skiers. The cut off time for the 50km skiers is that they are at the mid point by 3:00 pm.
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.
A trail sweep starts around 4:00 pm and will hurry all skiers to the finish. If you want to keep skiing then they will collect your name and bib number so that the timers do not have to wait around for you to finish.
In the spirit of adventure we are not posting a map of the course. Don’t worry it will be well marked!
The general race route is as follows: The race/tour starts at the Gravel Pit at Mile 11 and makes it way east and north through rolling terrain and lakes eventually going through the “airport swamp” toward a trail along the Talkeetna River. Then the trail goes back through the swamp another way and up to the Talkeetna Lodge for the finish. The 50 K has a loop on the “Ridge Trail”.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm Movie: The Last King (rated R)
~Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, downtown Talkeetna
The Last King, starring “Game of Thrones”, Kristofer Hivju. The year is 1206. Norway is ravaged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate son is guarded in deep secret. A boy that half of the kingdom wants to kill and two men will protect to the death. A boy named Earl Håkonsson Birkebeiners is the story of the escape that changed Norway’s history forever.
Saturday March 16
8:00am – 11:00am, Registration and Bib Pickup
~Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, mile 13 Spur Road. There will be a shuttle to take you to the race start at Mile 11 Gravel Pit.
8:00am – 11:00am ONLY! Ski Waxing
~Drop skis off at the Gravel Pit start, Mile 11
9:45am – 10:15am, Junior Oosik Bib Pickup
~ Race at 10:30 / (scroll below for details)
12:00pm – 12:30pm, Race Start 50K then 25K (mile 11 Gravel Pit)
7:00pm – Award Ceremony
7:30PM – 12:00 AM, After-Party at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Parking is available at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and at the gravel pit start, but allow yourself enough time to get there. Once the lot is full at the Gravel pit then expect to walk 1/2 mile from off-street parking. Carpooling is highly recommended. Shuttles will run all day.
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 Talkeetna Elementary school from Saturday 7AM – Sunday 5PM. This is located downtown across from the Latitude 62 Restaurant.
*** JUNIOR OOSIK INFORMATION***
Sign up is from 9:45-10:15 at race start
Race Time: 10:30am / Place: Oosik race start
Cost: Your volunteer time before, during or after Jr Oosik Race. (See below for volunteer duties)
- Skiers ages 6 and under: 1 kilometer
- Skiers age 7-9: 2 kilometers
- Skiers age 10-12: 4 kilometers
- Medals will go to the top three finishers in each race and ribbons to all finishers!
- Skiers may choose a course that is not in their age range, but if they are an older skier skiing in a lower age category they will not be able to earn a medal. (for example, a 9 year old may ski in the 4 kilometer race, but will compete with older skiers for medal. A 9 year old may ski in the 1 kilometer race but will not be able to compete for a medal)
* This is a classic-only race, no skate skis unless they are waxed for classic skiing! DO NOT send junior skiers to the wax tent. If you do not know how to wax skis, use fishscale/waxless skis.
* Cookies/snacks and hot drinks will be provided
Parent Volunteer Duties:
* 3 parents for registration and helping with bibs
*3 parent volunteers for the finish line (2 to time, 1 to write down times, 1 to give out ribbons,)
* 2 parents for food/drink table
*2-3 parents on-course at junctions
* 1 parent trail sweep
Ode to an Oosik
Strange things have been done in the Midnight Sun, and the story books are full.
But the strangest tale concerns the male, magnificent walrus bull!
I know it’s rude, quite common and crude, perhaps it is grossly unkind.
But with first glance at least, this bewhiskered beast, is as ugly in front as behind.
Look once again, take a second look, then you’ll see he’s not ugly or vile.
There’s a hint of a grin, in that blubbery chin, and the eyes have a shy secret smile.
How can this be, this clandestine glee, that exudes from the walrus like music?
He knows, there inside, beneath blubber and hide, lies a splendid contrivance — the Oosik!
“Oosik” you say — and quite well you may, I’ll explain if you keep it between us.
In the simplest truth, though rather uncouth, “Oosik” is, in fact, his penis!
Now the size alone of this walrus bone, would indeed arouse envious thinking.
It is also a fact, documented and backed, there is never a softening or shrinking!
This, then, is why the smile is so sly, the walrus is rightfully proud.
Though the climate is frigid, the walrus is rigid, pray, why, is not man so endowed?
Added to this, is a smile you might miss, though the bull is entitled to bow.
The one to out-smile our bull by a mile, is the satisfied walrus cow!