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 will be in downtown Rice Lake at the Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall on North St. & Nuun Ave.
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 Park Falls at 10:00 am Saturday, December 30, 2017. Bus to start will leave the KC Hall at 7:00 am.
- 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, 2017
- Gear 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, 2017
- Gear check 5-7pm at the KC Hall.
- Pre-race meeting 7pm at the KC Hall.
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.
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)
80-mile: Please arrive early enough to load your gear/bike/skis/self on the bus/trailer before the posted leave time! Note: it’s possible we may need to transport your bike on the evening of December 29th.
- 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 may not always be stored indoors at the checkpoints
- Drop bags will be returned to the finish line after the race
- Please keep them small!
Rice Lake: No parking for racers at KC Hall (reserved for volunteers and race staff). Last year, we were allowed to park at the nearby Rainbow Home Center. We hope to have the same or similar arrangements for December 2017. Check back closer to the race.
Park Falls: Click here for the 2017 parking map.