Trail challenges on tap
Three hiking and biking challenges are on tap for the hundreds of trail runners, hikers and cyclists of the Tetons.
All are far more high-tech than the posterboard with gold stars that used to sit in the Panorama House.
The Teton Trails Challenge is modeled after a similar event in Boise, Idaho, JHCycling.org board member Cary Smith said.
“It’s a neat way to introduce people to new trails or new modes of travel,” Smith said, “just to get out of their rut. We put a lot of time into picking trails that were enjoyable. I hope people take advantage of it and check some new areas out.”
All challenge participants will track their progress on 164 miles of trails in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley with the Strava app during the July 4-Sept. 2 contest period. See TetonTrailsChallenge.com, where 38 people had signed up as of press time.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village Sports are also using Strava to track “The Trail Starts Here” contest (see JacksonHole.com), and Snow King Mountain Resort promises a summer version of its “Uphill Challenge.”
Mulherin takes first Summit
Saturday’s Wrun For Wray Targhee Hill Climb kicked off the Run to the Summit Series, which pits runners against some of the steepest terrain available.
Stephen Mulherin, 25, took the roughly 3-mile race at Grand Targhee in 29 minutes, 3.75 seconds, with Gabriel Bender finishing second over three minutes back.
On the women’s side, Amanda Sullivan, 33, claimed the title in 37:11.07, just under 40 seconds ahead of Katy Hollbacher in second place.
The race started at the base of the Dreamcatcher chairlift before climbing 1,840 feet to the top of Freds Mountain.
The three-part series resumes this Saturday with the Snow King Hill Climb. It finishes Aug. 3 with the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb at Teton Village.
July 4 10k registration open
The 40th annual Friends of Pathways Fourth of July 10k race invites runners and walkers of all skill levels out to kick off the holiday festivities.
The race will run along Fish Creek Road, beginning at Owen Bircher Park in Wilson.
Those interested in participating can register online at FriendsofPathways.org/events. The pre-registration deadline is 7 p.m. July 3 and costs $35. Day-of registration is $40 and open from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at Owen Bircher Park.