Tomorrow is my 4th attempt at the OSCR 50K. This year OSCR is in it’s 30th year which means a snazzy hat.
The OSCR originally stood for “Ovando to Seeley Citizens Race”, because those two towns were the starting and ending points. That would be awesome but now it is just a loop. The OSCR 50k has evolved into an annual race starting at the Seeley Creek Trails and going up and over Rice Ridge. I think someone has told me, could be Alden, that the acronym now stands for “Over Seeley’s Creeks and Ridges”. After the race, my favorite part, is a chili feed and awards ceremony.
The last time I did it was 2009 in which it took me 4:27:52. I remember being disappointed that I was a hour off my best time but I had not skied at all that year. A blog entitled “2009 OSCR 50K Race Report” will tell the tail. I remember someone asking me if I was worried that I had not been skiing and my reply was, “but I have been doing lots of CORE”.
My best result was in 2008 in which I hammered out my best time of 3:34:29. My blog entitled “Hello From The OSCR” tells the tail as well. I had been kind of training and was slightly prepared although I still had a lot of suffering.
In 2007 I was a new comer to this event and boy was I in for a surprise. I did like 60k in 5 1/2 hours or DNF. blog entitled “The Day After The 60K” tells the story of sick lost boy in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is in 2007 that I found out the meaning of suffer and slog.
I am going into tomorrows race with bruised ribs so maybe it will be a repeat of year one or the last time I did it. I HAVE been skiing some so maybe I can go for my personal best. Whatever happens I know I will suffer. I would like to call it “Outer-limits Suffer Cauldron of Rejection” … (approx. OSCR Loop).