Tuscobia Winter Ultra

The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is a human powered run, bike or ski event held on the Tuscobia and Wild Rivers State Trails in Northern Wisconsin, in the middle of winter.

There are two options: an 80-mile one-way route or a 160-mile out and back. The 160-mile requires completion of a qualifying event, and is itself a qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Both distances have required gear and are largely self-supported, with minimal checkpoint support. No outside help is allowed from family, friends, or random strangers. Patronizing local businesses is encouraged: this means buying a soda or a burger, while taking a break; this does not mean drying out all your gear, using the restroom, filling your water, and taking off without spending a cent.

As in life, respect and common sense go a long way in this event.

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Registration Opens Tomorrow August 1st!!

Registration will open at 8am central tomorrow August 1st on UltraSignup.

Due to the uncertainties around Covid, we do not want to charge the full amount for the event right away, in case we cannot make it happen. However, we do have expenses regardless of whether the event happens every year. Therefore, when you register, you will be charged a non-refundable $35 fee to hold your spot.

  • Early registration fees (by October 31st) are $100 for 80 mile, $160 for 160 mile
  • Late registration fees (after Nov 1st) are $150 for 80 mile and $210 for 160 mile

Once we are fully confident of holding the event, you will be asked to pay the balance.

You can be sure we are doing everything we can to make this event happen in 2021!!

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Tuscobia 2021

We are planning to hold the event in 2021!

Format will be similar to previous years. Below is the tentative schedule – please be aware that it may change, even after registration opens –

  • 160 mile foot / ski to start in Rice Lake Friday December 31st @ 6AM
  • 160 mile bike to start in Rice Lake Saturday January 1st @ 6AM
  • 80 mile (all) to start in Park Falls Saturday January 1st @10AM

Registration will open on August 1st via UltraSignup. You can add an alert on your UltraSignup account to ensure you don’t miss it. The 80 mile is likely to fill quickly.

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Tuscobia Finisher Hats!

If you finished the Tuscobia Winter Ultra in any of the following years and would like to purchase an additional finisher beanie for $10, please email us at tuscobia@gmail.com. All proceeds will go to the Winter Train Depot project where the memorial bench for Logan & Randy will be placed.

2019 (teal), 2017R2 (red), 2017R1 (black), 2016 (grey), 2015 (yellow), 2013 (orange).

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2019 Photos

Duluth photographer Amy Broadmoore took some great shots throughout the weekend –

Facebook album Free watermarked photos to enjoy and share!

SmugMug album Photos available for purchase.

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ITI Drawing

Each year, the winners of the 160 mile events are offered the opportunity to be included in the drawing for a guaranteed and free entry into the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska.

How about that for a collection of tired people…

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2019 Live Tracking

Click HERE for Live Tracking.

Updates from Ojibwa may be slow due to bad cell coverage.

5 mins later… it should now be visible for all! 🙂

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Bivy Locations

See updates to the Course & Checkpoints page! Designated ‘bivy’ locations where we encourage racers to bivy rather than at random spots along the trail.

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Trackleaders 2019

If you wish to rent a tracker from Trackleaders, sign up here: https://form.jotform.

The trackers are optional and not in any way required for the race. If you rent one, it will be handed out at the pre-race check in. Return at the end of the race – if you forget to do this, you will need to mail directly back to Trackleaders.

Please note that we do not offer technical support for the trackers during the race – know how to use them and be able to troubleshoot.

Important: please caution any spectators following you that they are NOT TO CALL us when your dot stops for 3 hours in the middle of nowhere.

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Race is FULL

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, email us at tuscobia@gmail.com

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