Jackson Hole Marathon has new option

The Jackson Hole Marathon races are returning in September.

Registration is open for the three races set to get underway Sept. 25: the Jackson Hole Marathon, Hole Half Marathon and Hole Quarter Marathon.

“Jackson Hole is a leading destination for recreation and adventure, and the Jackson Hole Marathon draws running enthusiasts from across the country to experience the beauty of this one-of-a-kind race course,” Britney Magleby, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce director of special events, said in a press release. “Whether they choose 6.55, 13 or 26 miles, nobody forgets running in the shadows of the magnificent Tetons.”

The 6.55-mile race, a quarter marathon, debuts this year. The full marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and certified by USA Track and Field.

Registration costs $100 for the marathon, $80 for the half and $60 for the quarter, plus sign-up fees. To register visit JacksonHoleMarathon.com.

Blake Taylor, of Meridian, Idaho, won the 2020 men’s marathon in 2:57:29. Jennifer Patrick, of Park City, Utah, won the 2020 women’s race in 3:24:15.

Patrick was the first of 123 women to finish the 26.2 miles, and she beat 96 of the 106 male racers.

She also set her personal best time with that finish, which averaged a pace of 7:48 minutes per mile. Patrick is a repeat competitor — and repeat winner — of the Teton race.

“To me Jackson Hole is the most beautiful place on Earth,” she said after her 2020 win. “To have the honor and the privilege of being able to run in such a beautiful place — that means so much to me.”

Shed antler hunting begins Saturday

Opening day for shed antler hunting is here.

Hordes of antler hunters will take to the field Saturday, as soon as seasonal restrictions lift at 6 a.m. for many areas in western Wyoming.

Since the opener falls on a Saturday, the local Game and Fish offices will be closed and antler hunters are asked to call Game and Fish law enforcement dispatch at 877-943-3847 to get permission to take antlers still attached to skulls. Naturally shed antlers do not need to be reported. To take antlers still attached to a skull, an Interstate Game Tag must be purchased for $8, cash only.

A press release from Game and Fish said the reason for that law is “we treat every dead animal as a potential poaching case, even if the animal may appear to have died of natural causes or a vehicle collision.”

Game and Fish law enforcement officials plan to be patrolling in the field and available at popular antler hunting locations throughout the weekend.

More details on antler collection regulations and maps are available at WGFD.Wyo.gov.

Bike swap scheduled for mid-May

The ninth annual Jackson Hole Community Bike Swap is set to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at Snow King Sports and Events Center, The Hub Bicycles announced in a release.

Bicycle drop-off is Friday, May 14, from noon to 7 p.m. The event is open to all types of bikes, including town cruisers, kids bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and everything in between. All that is asked is that the bikes are in working order.

The cost to sell bikes is $10 for kids bikes and $25 for adult bikes. Entry fees and 15% of sales will be donated to Friends of Pathways and Teton FreeRiders.

The event will be held outside of the Snow King Ice Arena. Masks are required. No cash or checks will be accepted, only credit cards. Sellers looking for guidance pricing their bikes should visit BicycleBlueBook.com.

The Bike Swap has raised a total of $50,000 for Teton FreeRiders and Friends of Pathways, the release said.

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