A few things to note for 2019 with full details further down the page –
- New start line for 80-mile in Park Falls
- Designated ‘bivy’ locations where we encourage racers to bivy rather than at random spots along the trail
- Pop-up shelter in Birchwood again this year but in a new location
The race is held on the Tuscobia State Trail in northern Wisconsin, between Rice Lake and Park Falls, including a 4-mile section of the Wild Rivers State Trail connecting the town of Rice Lake to the Tuscobia State Trail.
Trail conditions will depend on snowfall in the weeks and days leading up to the event. Expect a mix of conditions along the trail with some rough snow, icy patches and even some dirt. The trail may or may not be groomed for snowmobile traffic, depending on snow depth.
Race HQ and finish line for all races is the KC Hall in Rice Lake located at North St. & Nuun Ave.
80-mile: Race start is in Park Falls. NEW this year, we will start at City Hall located at 400 Fourth Ave S, Park Falls – but we will access the start area from the rear, off Fifth Ave S. See below for Park Falls map. There will be an escort from race start to the Tuscobia Trail. Continue on the Tuscobia trail for approximately 35 miles until the spur trail to the Ojibwa checkpoint (right turn). See map below. After visiting the checkpoint, return to the Tuscobia trail and continue all the way to the end of the trail at Hwy SS. Cross the road and turn LEFT onto the Wild Rivers Trail. See map below. Continue for 4 miles until you see the finish line on the right side of the trail! You won’t miss it!!
160-mile: Race start is in Rice Lake at the KC Hall. Continue north on the trail for 4 miles at which point you will turn right and cross County Road SS (just before the Hwy 53 underpass) onto the Tuscobia Trail and head east. It’s worth being aware that the first few miles heading east on the Tuscobia Trail are shared with the Ice Age Trail. Continue on the Tuscobia Trail for approximately 45 miles until the spur trail to the Ojibwa checkpoint (left turn on your outbound journey). See map below. After visiting the checkpoint, continue east on the Tuscobia Trail towards Park Falls. The Tuscobia Trail finishes on the edge of town approximately a half mile from the checkpoint & turnaround point. There will be flagging and some signs along this section of city streets but please see map below and another one here to make sure you are familiar with the course. After visiting the checkpoint, turn around and repeat in reverse!
Final map below of the full 160-mile course complete with mileage between towns, villages and major road crossings, was kindly created by a 2018 racer who’s original email I cannot find. Thank you!
Park Falls MapTuscobia Trail – Wild Rivers Trail Junction Map
Ojibwa Checkpoint Map
Full 160-Mile Course Map
- Ojibwa Shelter: no sleeping inside! No spectators inside!
- Park Falls Gastropub: sleeping allowed upstairs in the designated area; no sleeping in the pub area downstairs. Supporters allowed in the pub area (and encouraged to sample the great beer & food) but not upstairs.
- Make sure you check in and check out of every checkpoint! Give the race volunteer the correct pull tag from your bib.
- Racers may purchase food in Park Falls (crew is not allowed to purchase food for racer)
- Racers must provide their own vessels for eating/drinking (expect for purchased food in Parks Falls Gastropub)
- No bikes or sleds inside either checkpoint
- Gear is allowed inside
- Shake off snow/ice before going inside
- Please abide by these rules and don’t make the volunteers’ job even harder!
- Draper School Campground – location map
- Ojibwa checkpoint
- Radisson Fire Hall – location map
- Couderay Fire Hall – location map
- Birchwood Bobcats Snowmobile Clubhouse – location map
There will be no volunteers stationed at the Campground or Fire Halls – these are simply good locations that we designate as bivy spots to help racers plan ahead.
There will be volunteers from the Birchwood Lions club and the Bobcats Snowmobile club stationed at the Birchwood location – the Bobcats have kindly opened up their clubhouse from 10pm to 6am Saturday night. This will fill the gap when local businesses in Birchwood such as Ed’s and the BP are not open. The clubhouse will be open as a warm spot to shelter if needed but if you intend to sleep, you must bivy outside.
Course Rules: All racers must stay on the Tuscobia & Wild Rivers State Trails at all times, unless course markings placed by race officials direct you otherwise (for checkpoints, or reroutes that may be necessary). Parts of the Tuscobia & Wild Rivers State Trails will cross roads, and will also run on roads, and you should follow the trail/road in this case. But diverting to a road that is near the trail is not okay. Of course, you may leave the trail to access a bathroom, gas station, bar, warm hotel room, etc. – just make sure you rejoin the trail at the same point you exited.
Approximate Distances between Checkpoints
- Rice Lake start – Ojibwa checkpoint = 45 miles
- Ojibwa checkpoint – Park Falls turnaround = 35 miles
- Park Falls turnaround / start – Ojibwa checkpoint = 35 miles
- Ojibwa checkpoint – Rice Lake finish = 45 miles
Local Businesses: If you need to grab food/water along the way, you will have easy access to gas stations and bars (during their opening hours) in the following towns:
- Birchwood ~16.5 miles east of Rice Lake start/finish
- Radisson ~6 miles west of Ojibwa checkpoint
- Winter ~4.5 miles east of Ojibwa checkpoint
- Loretta / Draper ~20 miles east of Park Falls
Spectators: The Ojibwa checkpoint is in Ojibwa County Park, 4 miles west of Winter and 1 mile east of Ojibwa, on the south side of Hwy 70. NO spectators are allowed inside the checkpoint. Feel free to walk out the spur trail and onto the Tuscobia Trail. It is a very pretty section!