Partner support is very important to us in our effort to provide you a great event. After all, winning something for your efforts and getting a chance at free schwag is what it’s all about, right? Well, maybe not, but it is a nice perk. We commit to only work with Partners that are trusted and relevant to the Tuscobia Winter Ultra. We feel the Tuscobia Winter Ultra attracts a special breed of athlete, and as such, our Partners should be special too. As participants in something as off the wall as winter endurance racing, you are an important audience to our Partners, and we hope exposure to their products and services will directly and positively impact you.
Please think about supporting our Partners, either by visiting their establishments, purchasing their products, or just letting them know how much you appreciate their support. We are lucky to have such gracious Partners, especially the Run/Bike/Ski Division Partners, who are each donating 18 gift certificates.
Tuscobia Winter Ultra – 2013 Partners:
TC Running Company has graciously supported Tuscobia since we took over in 2010, providing discounts to racers and gift certificates to our podium finishers in the RUN division. TC Running is a prominent and trusted institution in the Minneapolis/St. Paul running scene, both on roads and trail, and they can be seen volunteering at dozens of running events around the area. Expertly staffed by some super fast guys and gals with real world running experienc, TC Running will help you with all your year-round running footwear and clothing needs. Special thanks to Kurt Decker and Adam Lindal.
9:Zero:7 is back as our official BIKE division sponsor, stepping up big again this year by donating a frame set (frame and fork) as well as providing gift certificates for the BIKE podium finishers. Hailing from Alaska, 9:Zero:7 and its co-owners Bill Flemming and Jamey Stull know a thing or two about riding bikes in the snow. They are on the forefront of fat bike advancement and their goal is produce the best fat-tire bike frames, components and gear available. You will see a number of the top racers at Tuscobia riding 9:Zero:7.
We are excited to announce we have a SKI division partner this year, Out There Nordic Sports and Camping Gear. Out There will be providing gift certificates to all the SKI division podium finishers, as well as providing support both pre-race and during the weekend. Out There is located in Rice Lake, just a few minutes from the Tuscobia trail head. Nordic recreation is a way of life for Out There’s Bjorn and Kristin and they instill this in their unique retail shop, based on traditional European Nordic shops. Out There promotes outdoor recreation year round, and believes in the idea that “The most important thing is not if you won or not, but if you got Out There!”
Our Supporting Partners are providing the cherry on top for this year’s event. Many of them are providing additional product to the podium gifts, as well as supplementing the raffle drawing that is open to all participants that toe the start line.
Black Rock Gear is our “official” “keep your digits and ears warm” sponsor. Black Rock Gear is craft manufacturer making high quality, ultra-light weight 900 fp down gear like mitts, hats and vests. All facets of design and production happen in the USA. There products are extremely light weight and high performing. Black Rock has agreed to donate product the Tuscobia Winter Ultra, but I encourage to check them out for yourself before race weekend because not everyone will be lucky enough to get Black Rock gear at the race.
The well spoken young ladies behind CHICKED say it best – “CHICKED focuses on empowering female athletes, professionals and life-livers to get out and compete in all aspects of the Game of Life. With a spirit of female camaraderie and a bit of competitiveness, we announce our strength. We know we can do it and we are assuring the people we pass along the way are well informed!” CHICKED will be providing product for the raffle.
Bar Mitts are a well known staple amount the winter fat bike crowd for keeping hands and fingers from freezing solid. But runners and skiers can also take advantage of of the Poagie/Moose Mitt design. Barr Mitts will be warming the hands of 6 lucky raffle winners, 3 pairs of Bike Mitts and 3 pairs of Ski pole Mitts will be up for grabs.
Gemini Lights produces an interesting line of versatile and bright headlamps. All their lamps are able to be mounted to a bike handlebar, helmet or head strap, have multiple battery options and are user programmable. And did I mention they are bright? Gemini Lights ran a special for Tuscobia racers and volunteers, providing 40% off orders. We have purchased two of the Xera light systems as well and will be adding them to the raffle.
St. Croix Rod Company is based right in Park Falls, WI. They have an excellent reputation in the fishing industry and are well trusted. You may be wondering how they are relevant to winter racing. Well, what’s your plan if you break down on the trail and need to find dinner before you starve to death? What other rod would you trust more than a St. Croix? All jokes aside, we are ecstatic to have a local business decide to partner with Tuscobia. St. Croix has graciously donated 6 rods from their Rio Santo product line. They will be raffled.
Direct from the Stevens Point Brewery website - “The Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated.” This is a brewery that knows about endurance, and is local and independent. Need I say more? Point brewery is sponsoring the live music on Saturday night.
Actif Epica is final race in the quest to enter the Order of the Hrimthurs. AE is the shortest of the Hrimthurs races, but the course has the potential to be absolutely brutal if the weather is bad. AE has kindly donated two entries to their event, which takes place February 15, 2014. We will raffle the entries.
Mountain Bike Radio “is THE voice of mountain biking. Mountain Bike Radio is a network of mountain biking podcasts and online radio shows, based at the edge of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Foothills, that is the place for all mountain bike talk. We discuss racing, current events, and anything in the mountain biking world. From the average joe to the top pro and from short track to multiday adventures, we aim to bring the world of mountain biking to you. It’s mountain bike talk from mountain bikers, for mountain bikers!” And the talk will be first-hand as Ben Welnak will be riding the 150.
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