Register at Ultra Signup.
Please review the race rules before signing up!! Contact us regarding the 150-mile event if you do not have previous long distance winter experience. This is a serious requirement. We understand that a lot of interested participants have completed multiple endurance events (100 k/mile runs/rides etc.) but unless it’s in the dead of winter, we don’t consider it to be sufficient qualification for the 150-mile event. We will revoke your entry if we don’t think you are capable of safely completing the distance.
Registration will open August 24 on the Ultra Signup site!
New for 2016:
- Race HQ will be in downtown Rice Lake at the Knights of Columbus (KOC) Hall on North St. & Nuun Ave
- 150-mile races will start and finish on the Wild Rivers State Trail right at the KOC Hall; follow the trail north to join the Tuscobia Trail at the Rice Lake terminus where the turnaround was in previous years, and continue to Park Falls
- 150-mile races will turnaround at the Tuscobia Trail County Park in Park Falls… 80 miles away… there will be a checkpoint here; return to the KOC
- 75-mile races will start at the Tuscobia Trail County Park in Park Falls and finish at the KOC hall in downtown Rice Lake… 80 miles away…
- There will be a checkpoint along the trail – location is TBD but likely to be either Ojibwa or Winter
- Please READ the race rules before signing up! There have been some changes from previous years.
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!