The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is a human powered run, bike or ski event held on the Tuscobia State Trail in Northern Wisconsin… in the middle of winter (read – on snow/ice/slush covered trails). Participants can compete in the 160-mile or 80-mile event. The 160-mile event requires qualification.
For the 2023 event, assume that all distances are self-supported and that only water will be provided at the checkpoints. It is your responsibility to be self-sufficient with respect to all of your gear, food and other hydration needs. Patronizing local businesses is encouraged (be respectful of the space, don’t drag wet gear inside, don’t spread your stuff everywhere) and in that respect participants may use product/services of local businesses as long as no event rules are broken. But no other outside help, crews, or pacers is allowed. NONE. Participants may help other participants. Even at checkpoints you may only receive aid from volunteers or other participants, and not from friends or family.
Run, Bike or Ski is defined as running, biking or skiing. If you aren’t sure your mode of transport fits the definition, it probably doesn’t. You are welcome to do the event via some other non-motorized mode (e.g., kicksled) and record a time, but will be considered in the “open” category, for which there are no podium prizes (sponsors welcome if they would like to step up) and “open” category participants will not be eligible for the ITI entry.
Note that any participants may use snowshoes at any time during the event. If you cover the entire distance in snowshoes you will be recorded as a run finisher and therefore eligible for all prizes in this category, including ITI entry.
The 160 mile event is an out and back. The 80 mile event is a point to point. Bus transportation is available for the 80 mile participants, and a trailer for their gear, the morning of the event, from Rice Lake to the start at Butternut Lake Lodge (on Butternut Lake). Space is limited.
IMPORTANT! If you drop, it is very likely that you will be picked up by a snowmobile and not a nice warm truck. So think about this before you make that decision. We may not have anyone picking up drops by vehicle due to Covid. This means you could be waiting on the trail for a LONG time and/or finding your own transport back. 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.