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Thursdays at the U presenter to share his Tuscobia Winter Ultra experience

| Linda Tollefsrud

Nick Pedersen will be the featured speaker for the Dec. 7 Thursdays at the U lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County.

His talk, “Conquering the Tuscobia Winter Ultra,” will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall in Ritzinger Hall and will be livestreamed at

Nick Pedersen

Nick Pedersen

Pedersen will share how he learned about the Tuscobia Winter Ultra, an 80- or 160-mile run, bike or ski event on the Tuscobia and Wild Rivers state trails in northern Wisconsin; why he decided to take on the challenge; and details of his experience with the walk/run.

He will describe his progression of clothing and food, as well as the challenges he faced. Finally, he will talk about how he has successfully changed his approach to complete two 80-mile distance races, as well as 80 miles out of a 160-mile attempt.

Pedersen has been a physician assistant at Cumberland Healthcare for the past 2 1/2 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he ran on the track and field team, and his master’s degree from UW-Madison.

In his spare time, Pedersen enjoys fly fishing for steelhead and stream trout on the Lake Superior tributaries, as well as streams in the Driftless Area of the state. In the Barron County region, he fishes for walleye, musky and panfish. He also camps, hunts and skis both downhill and cross-country.

The Thursdays at the U weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

In addition to the livestream option, the recordings are archived on the Thursdays at the U webpage.

The concluding presentation of the fall series will be Dec. 14, with Anna Demers and Ryan Urban presenting “Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.”

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at