OSCR 50k, 20k, & 10k
PLAN NOW FOR THE 41st OSCR, SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2023
We're back! OSCR 41 will be held the traditional last Saturday in January, 2023 at the Seeley Creek trailhead. The two loop version of the race is dead due to near-universal loathing and we're on track to run the Rice Ridge Loop. It'll be clockwise this year and we're working on getting a road closure for the day of the race. There will be race day registration available. If you choose to register the day of the race you are encouraged to use the Run Signup app to make life easy for our over-worked and unpaid volunteers. Racers who pre-register can pick up their race packets at MTCX on Friday between 9-7. In another nod to normalcy there will be a post-race chili feed and award ceremony at the community hall beginning at 2:00pm.
The OSCR (pronounced Oscar) originally stood for "Ovando to Seeley Citizens Race", because those two towns were the starting and ending points. The OSCR evolved into an annual race starting at the Seeley Creek Trails and and looping up across Rice Ridge for the 50k event. In the early 1990s there was a contest to come up with a name that fit the traditional acronym but better reflected the new race course. Today the OSCR acronym stands for "Over Seeley's Creeks and Ridges."
The OSCR tradition is that of a point to point skate or classic marathon. Today it is a 50k skate race using either a single or double loop format incorporating the adjacent snowmobile trails along with our Nordic trails to create a challenging endurance event.
People come from many states to ski the OSCR. In the late 1980's the OSCR organizers started a 25 km race, and later added a 10 km race on the same day. With the advent of the local youth ski program we have also initiated a 5k event for young skiers. On OSCR race day some of the racers from the early years still come and ski, ring the cow bells, and cheer on new and long standing participants. After the race there is a chili feed and awards ceremony.
See results from Competitive Timing (2016-2020, 2022) here.
Contact Info: OSCRDirect@gmail.com
Seeley Lake Lodging:
Double Arrow Lodge - 677-2777 • 800-468-0777
The Lodges on Seeley Lake - 677-2376 • 800-900-9016
Rich Ranch - 677-2317 • 800-532-4350
Tamaracks Resort - 677-2433 • 800-447-7216