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 semi-supported, with organized checkpoints. 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 Postponed

As we are still working through plans for the event, we will not open registration tomorrow. Given the multi-day nature of the event we want to ensure we know the specific start dates for each distance and discipline and that may take a few more weeks. For now, we will tentatively set Oct 1st as the date. And we will post an update here at least a week ahead of opening registration with event dates. Stay tuned!

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January 2021 Event – Registration Opens September 1st

We are working through the planning for this winter’s event.

As this time, we’re planning to open registration on September 1st via UltraSignup.

We anticipate several changes due to Covid. It is likely that participants will need to be even more self-sufficient than usual. We need you all to consider this seriously before registering for the event, even if you have participated previously.

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Tuscobia 2021

No – we’re not skipping a year! But with Christmas falling on a Friday this year, we figured it made sense to move the race to New Year’s weekend. Hence, the event will take place January 1-3, 2021. The event schedule will be very similar to Dec 2019 (without the rain we hope!). The detailed pages on this site will be updated over the summer, ahead of registration opening on August 1, 2020 on UltraSignup.

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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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