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 Closes November 30th!

Reminder that event registration closes on Tuesday November 30th! We have a few spots left in each distance at this point. As always, contact us with any questions tuscobia@gmail.com

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Spots Remaining + Volunteers Needed!

We’ve opened up a few more spots so if you are interested in joining the New Year’s Party, sign up here!

We also need a few more checkpoint volunteers – please spread the word. Anyone interested should email us: tuscobia@gmail.com

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FINAL Reminder to Complete Registration

If you signed up early (paid $35) you have until tonight to complete your registration using the link sent to you from UltraSignup on October 20th. Check your spam if you can’t find it.

Starting tomorrow, the waitlist will be offered your spots.

Also the fees go up tomorrow so anyone who completes their registration after tonight will pay the higher fee (this doesn’t apply to anyone already on the waitlist).

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Tuscobia 2021 – Update for Registered Participants

Thank you for registering for this year’s event! After working with our local partners, including the DNR, over the past few months, we are ready to move forward with full confirmation of the event and collect the balance of payment.

You should have already received an email from us via UltraSignup requesting you to pay the balance ($65 for the 80-mile, $125 for the 160-mile). Registration will close by Oct 31st so make sure you complete the payment by then. We will then open the event to those on the Waitlist.

If you didn’t get the email, contact us at tuscobia@gmail.com

Please be aware that we are still finalizing the specifics of our checkpoints. Given the Covid situation, we want to re-iterate that it is possible that both the Ojibwa and Park Falls checkpoints will be outdoors only and providing water only. So make sure you plan for this as you prepare for the event.

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please don’t ask.

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Registration Opens August 1st!!

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

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please don’t ask.

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!!

Registration details and qualification requirements (160-mile) are here.

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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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