OSCR 50k, 25k, & 10k
PLAN NOW FOR THE 40TH OSCR, THE LAST SATURDAY OF JANUARY 2022
Due to COVID, OSCR for 2021 will be a no registration, no fee, barebones, self-timed event. The ski club will groom and mark the 25k course, there will be no aid stations or support and racers will time themselves, writing their times in a notebook that will be posted at the start/finish. 50k racers will ski two laps. Skiers may start any time after 8:00 a.m on Saturday or Sunday. When you finish your race, write your name and time in the notebook, we'll compile the results into a spreadsheet and post it on the Seeley Lake Nordic website. That's it. No chili feed, no raffle, no awards, no nuthin' except personal satisfaction. We couldn't see cancelling OSCR after all these years, but we didn't want to stage a super spreader event, either, and this is our solution. OSCR has been a major fund raiser for the club over the years and we would appreciate any donation you care to leave in the metal ranger by the Forest Service kiosk.
Due to the lack of snow we are shortening the course to a 22k loop, 44k with two loops. We won't be using Roller Coaster or Mountain View trails.
We strongly recommend that you carry water, food and a cell phone in case you run into problems on the course.
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; now OSCR means "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. 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 past races here.