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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
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…
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! 🙂
See updates to the Course & Checkpoints page! Designated ‘bivy’ locations where we encourage racers to bivy rather than at random spots along the trail.
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.
If you wish to be added to the waitlist, email us at email@example.com
The run and bike events are full for both distances! A few ski spots are still available. If they don’t fill we may open them to other modes.
You can join the waitlist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are registered, but cannot participate, please let us know.
Listen up! There are a few changes this year:
- NO drop bags at Ojibwa – that’s right, NO drop bags for the 80-mile, and no drop bags at Ojibwa for the 160 mile. Pack smart – don’t underestimate the weather – be prepared for extreme cold, strong wind, high humidity and everything in between. Conditions will change throughout the time you are on the trail. Bring extra layers.
- 160 mile participants will have 1 drop bag at Park Falls.
- The Ojibwa and Park Falls checkpoints will have water, pop and some food stuffs. But as always, don’t plan on a full meal at Ojibwa. At Park Falls, 160-milers will have the option to purchase food at the Bistro (the checkpoint is hosted by the Bistro). It is best for you to plan on being as self-sufficient as possible, which aligns with the spirit of the event.
- No stove, fuel, pot or calorie requirements.
- Specific light requirements – read the Gear Requirements page for full details; show up with good quality lights and backup batteries for your headlamp/bike light and red blinky lights, or you will be required to purchase them at gear check
Read all of the information under the Race Info tab to get familiar with the course, checkpoints, rules etc.