Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Northwoods Spotlight - Tuscobia Winter Ultra Jan 1Submitted: 01/01/2014
Story By Joe Dufek


SAWYER COUNTY, PRICE COUNTY - Many marathons and bike races take place in the summer. But imagine competing in an ultra-marathon in the snow. Last weekend, folks in Sawyer and Price Counties were doing just that.

In just it's fifth year, the Tuscobia Winter Ultra is growing into quite a wintertime event. Racers have the choice of running, skiing, or biking along the Tuscobia Trail.

Organizer: "When we took over organizing it three years ago," race co-director Chris Scotch explains, "we had roughly 40 people. This year around 150 are taking part. More than three times that."


The trail was used heavily by railroads to move logs to Chippewa Falls and other places. Folks also road the rails on the line until it shut down in the 1960s. Today it's part of the state's many trails for hiking, biking, and riding snowmobiles.

Ron Petit of the Friends of Tuscobia Trail says, "It's an enduring sport. You have people camping along the trail. They get hardcore."

Regardless of how racers where competing, everyone seems to have a reason to enjoy hitting the Tuscobia Trail.

Rhinelander native Kristin Palecek is skiing it for the first time. She's using this as a chance to get ready to ski the American Birkebiner later this year.

"Just like to see the snow off the trees, the nice weather. It's nice to race close to home."

Some just wanted to experience a winter race for the first time.

Milwaukee's Linda Britz calls it, "a wonderful adventure. Can you do this? I just thinks it's really neat to see if you can survive the elements."

Others it's not so much about the race, but spending time with family and friends.

Butch Piontek of Wabeno and his son Justin are biking it together.

"Racing together for 7-8 years. Started snow-biking heavily last year. Good to spend time with my son."

Racers had the choice of either competing in 35, 75, or 150 miles.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/12/2016

- Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row. That's good news for local restaurants who expect more people to come in. But the weekend holiday ISN'T great for everyone...especially floral shops. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Woodruff to find out how the weekend hurts the flower business.

Plus, tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following basketball games:

Boys:

Three Lakes vs. Wabeno/Laona

Northland Pines vs. Elcho

Chequamegon vs. Phillips

Flambeau vs. Prentice


Girls:

Tomahawk vs. Rhinelander

Mosinee vs. Northland Pines


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

+ Read More

ST. GERMAIN - Fans and racers with a need for speed won't need to wait any longer for the Radar Run.

Two days of snowmobile dragging and bikini races started Friday in St. Germain.

+ Read More

- Community Service comes in many forms and does not need to be limited to where you live on a map.

Students at Northwood's Community Elementary School recently learned that giving can be across many miles.

The school hosted a Community Service Day where students learned and raised money to purchase animals for those in need across the globe.

"Well, our class is learning about China and we're doing many questions. Like what effects global warming cause," says student Conner Jensen

+ Read More

- National and local elections will create headlines over the next year.

The next time Wisconsin goes to the polls is April 5th for the spring primary.

The League of Women Voters of the Northwood's is working hard to remind you of the recent changes to the photo ID requirements to cast your ballot. 

"In the past you've needed photo ID in order to register to vote and by the way we still have same day registration in Wisconsin. So, if you want to register to vote bring your photo ID and some proof or residence. However, if you are already registered , this time you need to remember to bring your photo ID with you," says The League of Women Voters Jane Trotter.

+ Read More

WESTON - A man led police on a high speed chase across two counties before finally being stopped early this morning.

Just before midnight, deputies in Shawano county warned Marathon County a chase was underway.

The man driving had multiple warrants, and struck a Shawano County squad during the chase.  Speeds hit 90 miles an hour.

+ Read More

OCONTO - Two high school students accused of spiking their teacher's drink with a cleaning solution are headed to trial in Oconto County.

Eighteen-year-old Hailey Brock has pleaded not guilty to charges. Seventeen-year-old Gavin Gilbertson stood silent in court Thursday and a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - A House committee chairman will summon Michigan's governor and the head of the EPA to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy have been invited to appear before the House Oversight Committee. Republican chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said he appreciates Snyder's willingness to appear and looks forward to McCarthy's testimony.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here