General Information

The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is a human powered run, bike or ski event held on the Tuscobia State Trail in Northern Wisconsin… in the middle of winter (read – on snow/ice/slush covered trails). Participants can compete in the 160-mile or 80-mile event.

All distances are what we would call semi-supported.  This means that we will provide food/drinks and your drop bags will be available at the checkpoints.  Patronizing local businesses is encouraged and in that respect racers may use product/services of local businesses as long as no race rules are broken.  But there is not to be any other outside help, crews, or pacers.  Racers may help racers.  Even at checkpoints you may only receive aid from volunteers or other racers, and not from friends or family.

Run, Bike or Ski is defined as running, biking or skiing.  If you aren’t sure your mode of transport fits the definition, it probably doesn’t.  You are welcome to do the race via some other non-motorized mode (e.g., kicksled) and record a time, but will be considered in the “open” category, for which there are no prizes (sponsors welcome if they would like to step up) and “open” category participants will not be eligible for the ITI entry.

Note that any racer may use snowshoes at any time during the race. If you cover then entire distance in snowshoes you will be recorded as a run finisher and therefore eligible for all prizes in this category, including ITI entry.

All racers are to stay on the Tuscobia & Wid Rivers State Trails at all times, unless course markings placed by race officials direct you otherwise (for checkpoints, or reroutes that may be necessary).   Parts of the Tuscobia & Wild Rivers State Trails will cross roads, and will also run on roads, and you should follow the trail/road in this case.  But diverting to a road that is near the trail is not okay.  Of course, you may leave the trail to access a bathroom or gas station etc. – just make sure you rejoin the trail at the same point you exited.

Race HQ

Race HQ will be in downtown Rice Lake at the Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall on North St. & Nuun Ave.

Start Times/Locations

Listen up! We have separate starting times for the 160-mile event.

  • 160-mile run + ski will start at the KC Hall at 6:00 am Friday, December 29, 2017.
  • 160-mile bike will start at the KC Hall at 6:00 am Saturday, December 30, 2017.
  • 80-mile (all) will start in the St Anthony Church parking lot (6th Ave & Division St.) in Park Falls at 10:00 am Saturday, December 30, 2017.  Bus to start will leave the KC Hall at 7:00 am. Bikes & sleds need to be loaded by 6:45am.

Cut-off Times

  • The cut-off for ALL races is 11:00 pm Sunday, December 31, 2017.  You must cross the finish line by 11:00 pm to record an official finish.
  • 160-mile cut-off to checkout at the turnaround in Park Falls is Saturday at midnight. [Note that this means you have 23 hours to finish the race which requires traveling at a speed of 3.5 mph without rest]
  • 80-mile and 160-mile cut-off to checkout at Ojibwa Park is Sunday at 10 am. [Note that this means you have 13 hours to finish the race which requires traveling at a speed of 3.5 mph without rest ]
  • The checkpoint cut-off times should not be used as carrots/guideline times for you to finish your race.

All races will finish at the KC Hall in Rice Lake.

Gear Check & Pre-race Meetings

  • 160 mile run & ski:  Thursday, December 28, 2017Gear check 6-7pm at the KC Hall.
    • Pre-race meeting 7pm at the KC Hall.
  • 160 mile bike, and all 80 mile:  Friday, December 29, 2017Gear check 5-7pm at the KC Hall.
    • Pre-race meeting 7pm at the KC Hall.

160-mile bike/80-mile: If you are in town early, feel free to do gear check on Thursday evening – but please attend the pre-race meeting on Friday evening

Gear check is mandatory. If you cannot attend at the above time, let us know. It is highly recommended that you attend the pre-race meetings. If you do not attend, be aware that you may miss critical information regarding the course, checkpoints, rules etc. It is your responsibility to know this information, all of which may not be on this website.

Gear check will take place inside the KC Hall; no sleds or bikes are allowed inside the hall! Please bring ALL of your required gear into the hall. We know it’s a pain for bikers if you already have your lights attached to your bike, but we don’t have the time to run outside to check individual bikes.

Race day check-in at the KC Hall

Breakfast (oatmeal or similar & coffee) will be provided during the pre-race check-in.

  • 160-mile run + ski at 5:15 – 5:45 am Friday (race start 6:00 am)
  • 160-mile bike at 5:15 – 5:45 am Saturday (race start 6:00 am)
  • 80-mile at 6:15 – 6:45 am Saturday (bus to start leaves 7:00 am)Bike & sled loading 6 – 7 pm Friday and 5:45 – 6:45 am Saturday

Drop Bags

  • Racers can have a drop bag at the checkpoints
  • Bring your labeled drop bags to the pre-race check-in on race morning
  • Food / dry clothes /  gear okay to have in drop bags
  • Drop bags will be stored outdoors at the checkpoints so do not pack liquids
  • Drop bags will be returned to the finish line after the race
  • Please keep them small!

Race Parking

Rice Lake: Parking for the entire race weekend is at the (now closed) Rainbow Home Center across the street from the KC Hall. Please park in the north west corner of the lot – closest to the KC Hall. This applies throughout the entire weekend including for gear check. Absolutely NO parking for racers at KC Hall at any point from Thursday to Sunday. 

Park Falls: December 2017 parking map coming soon!

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2 Responses to General Information

  1. Jason Carter says:

    For the 75, can we drive to Park Falls, leave a car there, and do the pre-race check in there?

    Can the bike gear check/ info be done at the Thursday pre-race meeting ( in order to max pre-race sleep time ) ?

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