New for 2021, the 13-mile race will begin on Sunday, March 14 at 9:00 am. The 13 mile course will start at 9 am from the Upper Green River parking area, just past the Forest boundary. The race starts on the CDT and heads north a flat 2.6 miles paralleling the Green River. At mile 2.6, racers will cros the frozen Green River over the Kendall Bridge. The course remains on the CDT for only another 100 yards then turns South on the P trail. Missing this turn places you a long way from anywhere. Continue South along the river for 3 miles until you reach the turn around at Kendall Valley Lodge. Then return on the same course. Course is 12 miles with 620 ft elevation change.
All racers must check in at the turn-around. Water and basic snacks will be available. Anyone unable to finish will take a snowmachine ride out will be required to pay $50 to Tip Top Search and Rescue. This recreation event is authorized under a Special Use Permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Shoshone National Forest.
Although every attempt is made to make this race as safe as possible, Drifters are reminded that you will be traveling through remote wilderness in variable, often formidable, conditions at altitude in the winter. You are ultimately responsible for your safety. There will be limited snow machine support and course sweeps. Do not underestimate the difficulties of this race.
In the event a racer is unable to finish the race or if they miss an aid station cutoff, they will be taken off the course via snow machine. It may not be possible to evacuate from the course immediately. Be prepared to wait. Racers may initially be taken to a heated aid station for a time before a full evacuation can be completed, based on volunteer availability and race flow. All racers evacuated from the 13-mile course are REQUIRED to donate $50 to Tip Top Search and Rescue. Exception: if you turn around before Dollar Lake, you may return to the start/finish on your own. Racers will not be permitted to leave the course on non-race snow machines.
We know it can be a bummer to quit a race. We know the mood. We know you’re tired, you’re pissed, you’re disappointed, you’re hungry, you may be hurting, you’re probably freezing, and you’re just plain defeated. But, be grateful for assistance off the course. Pay your drop-out fee and be kind to your evacuator. Be patient if you have to wait. Remember that these folks are only there because they have volunteered to help you, not to put up with your crap. So, if you need to get a ride out, swallow your damn pride, pay the fee, and be a nice human. K, thanks.
Racers are expected to start and finish with all gear they will need for the course. Racers may pick up snacks and drop trash at aid stations. There is no caching or outside support allowed. This includes dropping gear you are not using, towing or receiving food, water or a ride from anyone not affiliated with the race. Doing so will result in disqualification. Racers can and should help each other. Buddy system is always encouraged.
March in Pinedale is still very much winter. The average high is 38*F (which seems like a lie-it’s colder than that) and the average low is 7*F (again: lies). March is the windiest month (and, hey, that’s really saying something) with an average wind speed of 8 mph (but it’s totally going to be windier than that). However, temperatures in Sublette County in March have been as cold as -39*F. Read it again. For real. (yes, it says negative.thirty.nine.degrees.fahrenheit). Wyoming doesn’t f**k around: frostbite, hypothermia, dehydration, sun- and windburn are all very real and potentially deadly dangers here. Be prepared. Be overly prepared. Should you show up for the race under-prepared, it is at the discretion of a Race Director to determine whether you can safely race, and you may be denied entry, without a refund on your registration fees. So get your shit together and be safe.