The race will be 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.
The following information is written for the 160-mile out and back route. If you are doing the 80-mile race, you will be starting at the turnaround point in Park Falls.
Rice Lake section: the 160-mile race will start on the Wild Rivers trail at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at North St. & Nuun Ave. 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… for 74 miles. Check it out on Google maps – see image below. The turn will be signed but in the event a sign goes missing you need to remember which direction to turn!!
Note that the first few miles heading east on the Tuscobia Trail are shared with the Ice Age Trail.
Parking: there is no parking allowed in the KC Hall parking lot. You will be allowed to drive through the lot to drop off gear/bikes etc. for gear check on Thurs/Fri night but you cannot park your car there. Parking will be available in the large Rainbow Store parking lot across the street at North & Haugen.
Ojibwa checkpoint: the checkpoint is approximately 1/4 mile off the Tuscobia trail in the Ojibwa country park, 1 mile east of the town of Ojibwa, along Hwy 70. It will be an out and back trail to the checkpoint. There are at least two trails that link the Tuscobia trail to the park. We will use the west trail – i.e., the trail closest to Rice Lake. The turn off will be signed but in the event a sign goes missing you need to remember which direction to turn!! Click here to see the turn-off on Google maps. The checkpoint is in the shelter on the north side of the parking lot. Below is a marked up image.
Parking: the parking lot will likely be plowed to allow for volunteer and spectator parking but we cannot guarantee it.
December 2017 event – the Park Falls checkpoint will be the Park Falls Gastro Pub (S 4th Ave & Division) http://www.pfgastropub.com
Park Falls checkpoint: the Tuscobia trail finishes on the edge of town approximately a half mile from the checkpoint & turnaround point for the 160-mile race. The 80-mile race will start nearby. There will be flagging and some signs along this section of city streets but please click here and review the map, along with Google maps to make sure you are familiar with the course.
Parking: the map at the link about shows parking for racers. Spectators can find parking along the street.
Repeat the above in reverse!
Finish Line: We hope it will be impossible for anyone to miss the finish line. Do not leave the Wild Rivers trail until you see the finish line!!
Trail conditions will depend on snowfall in the weeks and days leading up to the event – which has been pretty minimal this year! Expect a mix of conditions along the trail with some rough snow, icy patches and even some dirt…
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
If you need to grab food along the way, you will have easy access to gas stations (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
Ojibwa ~1 mile west of Ojibwa checkpoint
Winter ~4.5 miles east of Ojibwa checkpoint