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 in 2020 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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Tuscobia 2020 – Cancelled

We’re sorry to say that the 2020 version of the Tuscobia Winter Ultra will be cancelled. There were no credit card charges to anyone. We really wish things could have come together for us to have our annual extended family get-together in the woods.

We have every intention of planning Tuscobia 2021, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 31.

We appreciate your support every year, and we will miss seeing all of you.

Chris and Helen

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Tuscobia 2020

Yes – it’s the “2020” event after all!

With a limit of 50 people starting each day, we opted to start the 160 mile run/ski on Thursday Dec 31st. Happy New Year!!

Read the last post below AND all of the “General Info” pages prior to signing up.

Sign-up opens today at 6pm CST and will remain open for over a week. Email us with any questions: tuscobia@gmail.com

IMPORTANT! Along with the many changes this year, one limitation we will have is picking up drops – it is very likely that if you drop you will be picked up by a snowmobile and not a nice warm truck. So think about this before you make that decision. We will have a limited number of volunteers picking up drops by vehicle and we are only allowing one person per vehicle to ride back to Rice Lake. This means that how ever you get picked up, you will be waiting on the trail for some time. Be prepared for this – ensure you have the gear to stay warm on the trail for an extended period. Better yet, have the gear AND just keep moving forward.

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Applications will be accepted starting October 8, 2020

Hi all,

Thanks for your patience while we all work through the current conditions.  At this point, we are planning on holding the Tuscobia Winter Ultra this year.  Dates will be Thursday, Dec 31 through Sunday Jan 3.  Everything is tentative at this point and subject to change, but here are the important details as they exist today:

  • October 8, 6pm CST – Applications will start being accepted.  (via ultrasignup )
  • October 16, 6pm CST – Application window closes
  • October 19 – accepted applicants will be notified by email – applicants will then have until October 23 to make payment
  • October 26 – rosters announced
  • There will be a total of 150 spots for all distances and modes of transport
  • Only veterans will be allowed this year (anyone who has started the 80 or 160 previously may apply)
  • Lights and reflective will be required, but no other gear requirements will exist this year
  • There will be no gear check
  • There may be no indoor support/aid stations.  More to come on this as conditions evolve.
  • You will still be required to check-in at certain locations.
  • Purchasing items from local business is still encouraged, but you must follow any state requirements for social distancing/masking.
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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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