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The 348 Names Who Are Riding This Year's Up-North Winter Fat Bike Ultras


Our region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula has five winter fat bike ultra races this winter. Here we share every single name that is registered for a race this season as well as how many ultras they're each signed up for.

Cover photo by Jamison Swift


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Color Code:

Black Name = Registered for 1 ultra this winter

Orange Name = Registered for 2 ultras this winter

Blue Name = Registered for 3 ultras this winter


*Did we goof any names or races up? Email info at the nxrth dot com with any fixes.


St. Croix 40 | Jan 13 [LINK]

[40 Miles] Hinckley, MInnesota

The St. Croix 40 Winter Ultra is a winter survivalist race in the same spirit as the Arrowhead 135 and Tuscobia 160. Participants travel roughly 40 miles through St. Croix State Park on foot, ski, or fat bike, carrying all essential survival gear through a cold Minnesota night.


Roster

Thomas Allen

Jules Ameel

Matt Amundson

Kristine Benjamin

Lisa Byrne

Wil Chapple

Michael Christie

John Cooper

Lauren Cronbaugh

Raven Dewitt

Brandon Eddy

Jonathan Erber

Brian Geisler

Elina Gilsvik

Michael Grussing

John Harris

Jake Hegge

Curtis Helmer

Russell Hill

Sylvie Hyman

Preston Kalis

Adam Kazilsky

Tim Kordula

Joseph Kreitzer

Amber Krueger

John Lambe

Rich Lambe

Ryan Lipski

Andrew Lutz

Bridget Marchesi

Bobby Marko

Joshua Martin

Nigel McKay

Sam McRickard

Rosie Miesner

Elliot Moravec

Ryan Noonan

Peter Premkumar

Kyle Rooney

Veronica Rourke

Daryl Saari

Allen Sanborn

Jess Sedivy Gunderson

Steven Smith

Jonathan Swedin

Ryan Swift

Adam Swift

Evan Uribe

Vanessa Van Cleve

Megan Veldkamp

Chad Velta

Pieter Ver Steeg

Svetlana Vold

Matt Wheeler

Jim Wilson

Rebecca Wyckoff

James Yost


Green Bay Winter Ultra | Jan 7 - Feb 25 [LINK]

[50 or 100 Miles] Green Bay, WI

*Since this is a do-it-on-your-own-time event, there is no mass start and the participant list will continue to evolve throughout the winter.


The ultra must be ridden in 18 hours or less and on a fat bike with a tire width of at least 3.8″. You will need to follow park and road rules. All trail venues must be open to riding the day you decide to take on the ultra. It is the rider’s responsibility to verify the venues are open.


50 Mile Roster (so far)

Stephanie Fallahee

Kris Maxwell

Koreena Renard

Ross Renard

Titus Seilheimer


100 Mile Roster (so far)

Jason Baseman

Aaron Broadrick

Paul Howard

Veronica Kruse

Kris Maxwell

Brian McWilliams

Levi Pingel

Jacob Steadman

Jamie Zarda


Tuscobia | Dec 29 [LINK]

[80 or 160 Miles] Rice Lake, WI

The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is a human powered run, bike or ski event held on the Tuscobia and Wild Rivers State Trails in Northern Wisconsin, in the middle of winter.


There are two options: an 80-mile one-way route or a 160-mile out and back. The 160-mile requires completion of a qualifying event, and is itself a qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Invitational.


Both distances have required gear and are largely self-supported, with minimal checkpoint support. No outside help is allowed from family, friends, or random strangers.


80 Mile Roster

Sam Adler

Kate Ankofski

Tim Bauer

Kristine Benjamin

Sam Bertsch

Justin Bethke

Brian Black

Gordon Blackburde

Cayden Boll

Steve Brady

Greg Bruno

Christopher Button

Mike Campbell

Andrew Clithero

Greg Crites

Janalyn Dahl

Joseph Dean

Brent Devitt

Raven Dewitt

Andy Dybvig

Norman Ehrentreich

Scott Erlandson

Bill Grau

Joshua Grenell

Leah Gruhn

Chris Gudmastad

John Haak

Adrian Halme

Scott Henderson

Morgan Hendricks

Ron Hendrickson

Dave Henry

Russell Hill

Joseph Hlebain

Jenny Huster

Andrew Jondreau

Jacob Jondreau

Lisa Kapsner-Swift

Kevin Kinney

Cassie Kottke

Andrew Kraft

Amber Krueger

Kristian Larsen

Timothy Linder

Peter Loewenson

Bridget Marchesi

Sean Mattner

Nathan McCorkle

Rebecca McVay-brodersen

Jere Mohr

Chris Nelson

Emily Nordahl

Scott Pariseau

Dale Peters

Mark Punzenberger

Kent Rodgers

Veronica Rourke

Kevin Roytek

Jason Ruesch

Mark Seaburg

Marcie Thole

Ellie Thompson

Josh Torrans

Robert Tuma

Ryan Urban

Bryon Vordermann

Mike Wallace

Ryan Wanless

Matthew Webb

Klaus Weber

Chad Weberg

Josh Weigel

Lauren Weigel

Ragan Weigel

Jesse Wilcox

Timothy Wilt

Kelly Wonder

Jennifer Youngwerth


160 Mile Roster

Bob Bahr

Matthew Battiston

Gary Boesenberg

Matthew Bosman

Casey Bredeson

Gregory Byrd

Kate Coward

Chase Davis

Charlie Farrow

Beth Freymiller

Dan Frusher

Ryan Haug

Robert Hingtgen

Laura Hrubes

Kelly Jedynak

Ken Krueger

David Lynch

Patrick McDermott

Steve Mcguire

Rob Mosimann

Daniel Perry

Don Roppolo

Bryan Sampson

Derrick Seys

John Spartz

Melanie Splitgerber

Andrew Thompson

Billy Volchko

Ben Zvan


Arrowhead 135 | Jan 29 [LINK]

[135 Miles] International Falls, MN

The Arrowhead 135 is recognized in the book “The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges” by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore as one of the 50 toughest races in the world. It is a human powered Ultra Marathon taking place in the coldest part of winter in the coldest city in the lower 48 states. Our average finish rate is less than 50%, the finish rate for new racers is much lower. 2014 finish rate was 35%.


Roster

Pat Adrian [Unsupported]

Zachary Anderson

Matthew Battiston [Unsupported]

Brian Behrendt

Aaron Benetti

Chip Berniard

Gordon Blackburde

Ken Blakey-Shell

Gary Boesenberg

Matthew Bosman [Unsupported]

Casey Bredeson

Jeffrey Bruzek

Joaquin Candel [Unsupported]

Chad Carroll

Jason Carter

Joe Clark [Unsupported]

Kate Coward [Unsupported]

Joseph Dean

John Despres

Will Edmonds

Fred Egge

Lynn Estes

Charlie Farrow

Paul Fickle

Aga Fine

Jesse Fletcher

Terry Fletcher

Beth Freymiller

Adam Froemming

Dan Frusher

Jim Gerhardt

Bill Grau

Leah Gruhn

Aaron Hagen

Pete Hansen [Unsupported]

Grant Hartley [Unsupported]

Amanda Harvey [Unsupported]

Ryan Haug

Seth Heimermann [Unsupported]

Robert Hingtgen [Unsupported]

George Hollerbach

Jamie Hollingsworth

Laura Hrubes

Scott Jensen

Cassie Kottke

Andrew Kraft

Corey Kronser

Kenneth Landgraff [Unsupported]

Ryan Lipski

Peter Loewenson

Jill Martindale [Unsupported]

Sean Mattner

Patrick McDermott

Steve Mcguire [Unsupported]

Jay Millas

Jere Mohr

Tiziano Mulonia

Chris Nelson

Emily Nordahl

Nick Nygaard

Rick Paoletti

Scott Pariseau

Christina Peek

Peter Premkumar

Alex Price

Ian Price

Cameron Ramey

Todd Rasmussen

Trenton Raygor

Claire Richard

David Ristau [Unsupported]

Judd Rohwer [Unsupported]

Kevin Roytek

Michael Running

Daryl Saari

Bryan Sampson

Allen Sanborn [Unsupported]

Tyler Schmoker

Mark Seaburg

Bill Shand [Unsupported]

Carl Skustad

Daniel Slater

John Spartz

Mark Strahan

Christopher Tassava

Andrew Thompson [Unsupported]

Charly Tri

Tim Vedder [Unsupported]

Billy Volchko

Sveta Vold [Unsupported]

Al Wade

Kristen Wade

Matthew Webb [Unsupported]

Andy Weinzierl

Dan Wiek

Jesse Wilcox

Ron Williams

Donald Wood

Christian Worby

Ben Zvan


Polar Roll Winter Ultra | Feb 19 [LINK]

[140 Miles] Munising, MI

Because you have been dreaming of a winter ultra that offers a ton of groomed bike specific singletrack, and we have it. In 2024 we intend to use the same course used in 2023, but until we release the GPX, we reserve the right to make changes.


Roster

Matt Acker

Thomas Allen

Ben Alter

Joe Barker

Brian Bennett

Ken Bozych

Dustin Breimayer

Bryon Chamberlain

James Comment

John Despres

Ben Doom

Torrey Dupras

Fred Egge

Greg Ernest

Stephen Fleming

Ory Frazier

David Freeman

Brian Geshel

Grant Getschow

Justin Held

Mark Hennessy

Russell Hill

Laura Hrubes

Bradley Humphrey-Stark

Travis Hutchens

Kelly Jedynak

Jim Johnson

Barry Jones

Mike Kaldy

George Kapitz

Heath Kaplan

Roy Kranz

Kahler Kranz

Tara Laase-McKinney

Rich Lambe

Nick Leisz

David Lieble

Ryan Lipski

David Lynch

Chris Marquardt

Jill Martindale

Sean Mattner

Benjamin McRae

Aaron Nault

Emily Nordahl

Patrick Ogden

Rodney Palmer

Kendall Park

Reg Peer

Ryan Rollins

jan roubal

Marc Salm

Allen Sanborn

Doug Scheuerman

Chad Schut

Peter Senkbeil

Evan Simula

Kenneth Smith

Melanie Splitgerber

AJ Tarachanowicz

Andrew Thompson

Logan Tillman

Barry Tilson

Dana Tingley

Victor Tokarski

Jim Tollard

Josh Torrans

Al Wade

Jason Wier

Joe Worboy

John Yonkers

Brian Yost

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