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 12 gift certificates.
Tuscobia Winter Ultra – 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 Lindahl.
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 owner 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.
Out There Nordic Sports and Camping Gear is back for their third year as our Ski Partner and local expert resource. 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!” We agree!!
The Rice Lake Tourism Board has generously partnered with us to bring you “Chamber Bucks”! In lieu of a pre-race meal, we wanted to offer racers the chance to ‘do their own thing’ and support a range of local businesses. All racers will receive $10 in Chamber Bucks that can be spent at almost all establishments in Rice Lake (hotels, restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc.).
After introducing their handmade gaiters at last year’s event, RM-Gear brings you each an exclusive Tuscobia-branded winter headband to keep those ears warm and head ventilated! Check out the website for the complete range of gear born from experience and knowledge, and developed with durability and quality in mind. RM – Roberto Marron – is a veteran Tuscobia finisher and along with Chris, the guinea pig for the inaugural 150-mile Tuscobia race in 2010.
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 950 fp down gear like mitts, hats and balaclavas. All facets of design and production happen in the USA. Their 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.
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. We will have a variety of the Bar Mitts products available. Thanks to Patti and Ward for their continued support of winter racing.
Local author and Senior Editor of Snowshoe Magazine, Phillip Gary Smith, has been associated with the Tuscobia race for several years. He is one of a handful of people to have completed the 35-mile course on snowshoes. Phillip generously donated copies of the latest edition of his book, 300-Mile Man (Triple Crown Edition). This book is a great read for anyone interested in the Tuscobia race and other winter events. Beware: you may be inspired to attempt even greater feats of endurance.
Get your copy here!
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 is providing a gift certificate for the raffle!
We are very excited to add Rab to our list of partners this year! If you know us, you will be familiar with their gear. From the mico liner gloves to the burly but lightweight 800-fill down jacket, it’s hard to go wrong with this UK-based manufacturer. We will have a range of gear pieces to show off… and give away… as finisher prizes and during the raffle.