Wisconsin’s best silent sports events

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When the snow flies, good times roll—and run, and glide and trek. Winter athletes are on the move across Wisconsin, entering ski races, snowshoe treks and winter running events in some of the state’s most beautiful destinations. These lively events offer a great workout, warm camaraderie and a chance to see some of the state’s best scenery. Start warming up: some of our favorites are fast approaching.

Boulder Junction

On Feb. 17, Wisconsin’s first outdoor winter triathlon will take place in Boulder Junction. The Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon consists of an 8.5K cross-country ski course, a 6K snowshoe course and an 8.5K fat tire bike course. There’s a contest underway that will award one winner a prize package that includes free registration. Learn more about the marathon and enter here.

Land O’ Lakes

The Three Bear Sled Dog Races return to Land O’ Lakes Feb. 3-4. The events include various dog-sledding categories as well as a skijoring event, which involves a dog pulling a cross-country skier. The dogs and the skiers have a lot of fun!

Oneida County

On Dec. 27, ride your fat bike by candlelight in Oneida County! Head to the Northwoods for Fatbikes by Candlelight, hosted by the Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization (LAMBO) on the Northwoods Zip Line Trail. The trail ride starts at 6pm.


On Jan. 13, the Snowshoe Hare Snowshoe Race returns to Rhinelander. The 5K/10K race is hosted by the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) and held at Holiday Acres Resort.

Stevens Point Area

One of the state’s most popular and well-known running events takes place in Stevens Point every March. The Point Bock Run, a five-mile road race, starts and finishes in front of the Stevens Point Brewery. It’s a flat and fast course that crosses the Wisconsin River twice. It ends with a big post-race party held in a heated tent. The March 3 event is limited to 2,000 people, and, like a pint of Point Special Lager, it fills up fast. Registration opens Jan. 1—be sure to register and make plans to head to Stevens Point.

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