The Order of the Hrimthurs

The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is the first event in an abominable three-part Winter Ultra series.

From the northern land of cold, ice and darkness come Hrimthurs (Old Norse “rime thurs”); a tribe of powerful Frost Giants. Strength, cunning and resilience are the way of the mighty Hrimthurs.

Among us today, the spirit of the Frost Giants lives on. Midwestern winter ultra racers show perseverance and power of a legendary scale. On those who complete the Tuscobia Winter Ultra (160 Mile), Arrowhead Ultra and Actif Epica in one season, we will confer The Order of the Hrimthurs.

The names in the Order will pass into the realm of legends, a process acknowledged with a special ceremony and award. Membership in this small but powerful tribe is a lifetime honour bestowed on incredibly few.

In 2013/14, only five racers achieved this feat (travel mode for Tuscobia, Arrowhead and Actif Epica respectively, indicated):

  • Mark Scotch, Plover WI (ski/ski/bike)
  • Chris Scotch, Los Gatos CA (run/run/run)
  • Alex Oenes, Minneapolis MN (bike/bike/bike)
  • Hal Loewen, Winnipeg MB (bike/bike/bike)
  • Dan Lockery, Winnipeg MB (bike/bike/bike)

Since then a few more hardy souls have joined the ranks.

Think you have it in you to make it into the Order? You can sign up for email updates from these stern and powerful overseers, but basically all you have to do is enter the three races and finish. It’s as easy – and as hard – as that. Those inducted into the order will receive a special award.