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Racers Tested by Tuscobia Winter UltraSubmitted: 12/30/2012
Story By Ryan Abney

PARK FALLS - To call this a typical race couldn't be further from the truth.

The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is an ultimate test in endurance and will-power.

Competitors race on foot, skis or bike.

The distance -- thirty-five, seventy-five or ONE HUNDRED FIFTY miles.

Race Director Helen Lavin came from northern California for this event.
She knows how difficult crossing the finish-line can be.



"You can't sign-up for them without any training and haven't thought of it, so it's a little different you don't just jump into it and say oh I'll just do that race tomorrow."

Some racers rest a lot. Others tick off the miles almost without stopping. John Storkamp finished first on foot. He tried not to take long breaks.

"I didn't sleep during any of the event at all I was awake the entire time I did the event then....50-hours."

For a race that has some going as much as 150-miles, most said that the mental game was the most difficult. Don't talk to yourself is one thing a gentelman said and keep your eyes on the road most importantly.

"I got in at 3:30 last night, I mean 1:30 and was in by three. I'm feeling good right now." Said Skier, Mark Scotch.

"Most of the time we know a lot of people who enter, some come from out of state and of course you may not know them, but theres quite a group of us who bounce around and do these. It's alot of fun." Mentioned long-time foot-racer, Matt Long.

With typical races, there's usually a celebration at the finish line.

But here...the only celebration...is relaxation.






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