The 2016 Tuscobia Winter Ultra will take place January 8 – 10, 2016. A couple of important changes for 2016:
- The race will not take place during the holidays: less snowmobile traffic
- There will be two race distances: 75-mile & 150-mile
Registration will open in August 2015. The race format will be similar to previous years, with the 150-mile run/ski starting on Day 1 (Jan 8) followed by the 150-mile bike and all 75-mile races starting on Day 2 (Jan 9). All races will finish by 6pm on Day 3 (Jan 10).
We decided to drop the 35-mile race. We know this will disappoint a lot of folks but we wanted to simplify the event and focus more on the longer distances.
We have updated the results tracker with the prizes awarded in each category. Apart from the wood rounds and maple syrup, all other awards were generously donated by our partners. These include gift certificates from TC Running Company (run), 9:ZERO:7 (bike) and Out There (ski). As well as a few ‘extras’ for the runners… Chicked down skirts for the winning ladies, copies of the Triple Crown Edition of the 300-Mile Man book by local writer and editor Philip Gary Smith for the 2 longer distance winners, and for all male and female run winners: gaiters handmade by new business owner and 150-mile racer Roberto Marron. Many of you will know that Roberto is the main subject of the 300 Mile Man with a ton of winter endurance experience. The website for his new business will be up and running soon. That’s a lot of prizes for the runners… clearly we need to make a few more bike and ski friends!
The results tracker is more or less final at this point unless we hear of any further edits. In the coming weeks, we will update the Results page of our website to add a section for course records – several of which were set this year!
The winner of this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational entry was Sue Lucas of Dauphin, Manitoba. Sue won the 150-mile on foot. Congratulations Sue! Entry into ITI costs $1200 and is paid for by the Tuscobia Winter Ultra.
The winner of the 9:ZERO:7 frameset (fork & frame) was Chris Finch of Duluth, MN. Chris completed the 75-mile on bike and in his own words, is “due a new rig”! Congratulations Chris and Thank You again to our bike sponsor 9:ZERO:7 for the generous donation.
Door Prizes were donated by several of our partners and friends of the race. This year’s collection included bike & ski pogies from Bar Mitts, t-shirts and hoodie from 9:ZERO:7, 2 entries into Actif Epica, Chicked gear, a headlamp from Gemini Lights, a free night’s stay at the Munro Manor B&B in Park Falls, and a pair of of Roberto Marron’s gaiters. There were several winners that were not present at the drawings and haven’t yet received their prizes. They will all be in the mail to you on Monday! Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, WI also gave us several t-shirts, hoodies and hats that were distributed among the volunteers.
9:ZERO:7 continue to be an awesome BIKE partner! There were more than a few “born and bred in Alaska” fat bikes riding the trail this weekend. 9:ZERO:7 donated the gift certificates for bike awards in each division (18 total!) as well as door prize swag. Their other generous donation – a fat bike frameset (fork & frame) – will be raffled later today. The lucky winner will be drawn from all racers who participated this weekend. Check back later!
Please do not forget the required gear – you will NOT be allowed to start the race without it. Have it with you when you pick up your race number.
Live tracking in and out of checkpoints here!
Some participants (mostly in the 150-mile race) are carrying a GPS tracker. Some info and the link are located here!
Twin Cities Running Company (Eden Prairie and Maple Grove, MN) is once again our RUN partner for the event! Thank you to Kurt, Adam and everyone at the store for their generous support of the race including donating gift certificates for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all run races… 18 in total! Stop by next time you are in town for a huge selection of shoes and gear.
Thank you to Out There (Rice Lake, WI) for partnering with us again this year: Bjorn and Kris are donating volunteer time and gift certificates for all Ski awards (3 races x 3 places x 2 genders = very generous) as well as providing hot coffee at the 75-mile race start!
NEW this year: Out There will be hosting gear check for any 75-mile folks staying on the Rice Lake end or passing through there Friday morning! Please go to the store 8-9am Friday morning (502 N Main St.) before making your way to the trailhead. We encourage you to avail of this option rather than gear check at the trailhead as it will (a) be warmer for you (b) give you a chance to pick up last minute gear or supplies and (c) be easier for us.
Snow conditions: fresh snow over the weekend in Rice Lake followed by cold temperatures across the entire region are likely to mean conditions will be OK for all modes of transport. More to come over the next few days…