The most demanding hill climb running event in the West! Climb to the top of the iconic Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with little over 4100' vertical in just 6.1 miles, on nearly all singletrack! This non-profit annual race is run in honor of longtime JHMR Aerial Tram mechanic Chris Onufer, who on March 7th 2012 tragically passed away in an avalanche. Fantastic swag for participants, including a $5000 CASH PURSE!! $1000 each for top male/female finishers, $600 2nd overall male/female, $300 3rd overall male/female, $50 for top age group winners. Plus $500 Bonus for first to break 1 hour!!
Race Date: Saturday Aug 5, 2017 (always the 1st Saturday in August)
Start: 8:30 AM for both race categories, with "competitive class" queued at the front.
Cost:$30 – April 1 to May 31
$40 - June 1 to August 3 @ Noon MST
$50 – In person only on Friday August 4th 4-6pm during packet pickup in Teton Village, if space permits. (there will not be registration on race day!)
Registration: Online registration will open April 1st @ 9am MST. Click here for information regarding online registration with Athlete360. The race will cap at 250 total entrants!
Race Packet/Goodie Bag Pickup: Pre-registered entrants may pick up race packet/goodie bag starting on Friday August 4th from 4-6pm near the Teton Village Commons area, or on Saturday August 5th from 7am-8am in the Teton Village Commons area. Tshirt size requests are only guaranteed for the first 200 at packet pickup, on a first-come first-served basis. Friday pickup provides the best chances for size requests.
Categories: Two Categories: 1) Competitive Class (with age groups), 2) Non-Competitive Class. Both classes will start at the same time 8:30; same course. Those wishing to hike instead of run may still enter the non-competitive class.
Course Route: The route is the same for both categories. Almost entirely singletrack up the Wildflower and Cirque Trails! Starts just outside the Teton Village Commons (near base of Aerial Tram) and ends atop the Aerial Tram. Distance is approximately 6.1 miles and gains over 4150' vertical (click here for course details).
Cash Prizes: There will be cash prizes for overall male and female winners (3 deep), and cash prizes for age-group winners (10 year increments). Must be entered in the "competitive class" to be eligible for cash prizes. Payouts are as follows:
$1000 - 1st overall male/female
$600 - 2nd overall male/female
$300 - 3rd overall male/female
$50 - Age-group winners (under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-60, 70+)
$500 - Bonus cash for first person to break 1 hour to the top!!
Award Ceremony: The Award Ceremony will take place at 12 noon outside on the Village Commons. Raffle will follow. Also, as this race is the last leg of the Run to the Summit Series (Grand Targhee’s Wrun for Wray Hillclimb, Snowking Hillclimb, Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb), there will be awards for the top overall series winners in both Male and Female.
Raffle: Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we have tons of raffle prizes! Make sure you stick around. Must be present to win. Also, donate an old pair of running shoes and receive a 2nd raffle ticket! Or purchase additional tickets for $5 each.
What you get: Besides a great workout and spectacular views, you’ll get: a custom RMHC T-shirt (first 200 guaranteed), a custom finisher medal, entry into the awesome post-race raffle, 3 aid stations (Casper Restaurant area, Bridger Restaurant area, top of Tram), a free tram ride down, dry change of clothes transported to the top of tram (if you need it), an opportunity to gain points in TCP&R's "Run to the Summit Series", and a post-race party in the Village Commons with 1 free beer (must be 21; while it lasts)!!
Race Updates: For event updates, go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/rendezvousmountainhillclimb
The route (approximately 6.1 miles and over 4100' vertical gain) will start at in the Teton Village Commons area, near the base of the Aerial Tram. For the sake of early racer separation, the route will take you up and over the "skier bridge" to the gravel summer service road to the top of the Union Pass chairlift (roughly .6 miles on gravel road), before heading north on the Wildflower singletrack trail for several miles. Once on the Wildflower Trail, you will be on singletrack until to the top of the Aerial Tram! After many switchbacks, a few overlooks and a rustic "swing", you'll arrive near the Casper Restaurant and Aid Station #1 (approx. 2.0 miles). Head up more switchbacks bringing you into the beautiful Casper Bowl overlook, before traversing "Mr Toads Wild Ride" to the top of the Bridger Gondola and Aid Station #2 (approx. 4.0 miles). From there, look for the Cirque Trail on the south side of the Bridger Restaurants, and venture up the rocky and wildflower-covered Headwall before merging into the Cirque/Tensleep Bowl areas. Once into the Tensleep area, you'll be among sub-alpine forest and huge boulders. Looking up you'll also be just below the famous Corbet's Couloir ski run. Continue past until you gain the East Ridge**, to just above the Sublette chairlift. Scramble up up this craggy, knife-edged trail, until you arrive at the top of Corbet's Couloir! A few hundred feet more brings you to the top of the Tram....
**East Ridge - some scrambling required here; please use caution through this exposed area! The route/rocks are marked with red paint indicating the easiest path through this short section.
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Teton Village is approximately 12 miles from the town of Jackson. From the "Y" near Albertson's, head west on Hwy 22 until the traffic light at Hwy 390. Veer right and follow Hwy 390 for approximately 6 miles. Turn left on Teton Village Lane, and park for free in the "Cody" or "Ranch" parking lots. There is a FREE shuttle bus from the Ranch lot, running from 6:30am - 10:30am & 2:00pm - 7:00pm (approximately every 12 minutes). Please save the "Village" lot for short term parking guests. Alternatively, you may be interested in public transportation:
If you're looking to get around without renting a car, Jackson Hole offers the START Bus. Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START Bus or START) is the public transportation system that serves the residents and visitors of Teton County, Wyoming. START Bus runs routes within the town of Jackson, between Jackson and Teton Village as well as commuter routes from Star Valley, WY and Teton County, ID.
START runs frequently in the summer, providing transportation between Jackson and Teton Village. As an added bonus, START's new hybrid buses, the first in the state of Wyoming, reduce fuel consumption by approximately 35%. Rides vary from $1 - $3 one way, depending on pick-up and drop-off locations. Click here for schedules and more information.
Transportation from the Airport:
When you book lodging, ask if airport pick up is provided. If not, taxis queue at the airport ready to ferry you to town or Teton Village. A taxi ride to Jackson costs $35 for 1 or 2 people. A ride to Teton Village costs $60 for 1 or 2 people.
AllTrans operates a shuttle servicing downtown and slopeside locations. To Jackson, the rate is $16 one-way or $31 round-trip per person. To Teton Village, the shuttle costs $29 one-way or $50 round-trip.
Shuttles and Taxis from the Airport
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List of Overall Winners:
2016: Stephen Mulherin (1:05:15), Samantha Diaz (1:18:29)
2015*: Matt Chorney (1:09:37), Jenny Wolfe (1:21:14) *new course up Wildflower and Cirque singletrack trails
2014: not held due to on-mountain construction along service road
2013: Patryk Gierjatowicz (1:12:01), Hannah Georgie Meier (1:32:19)
2012: Evan Honeyfield (1:12:16), Alyssa Larson (1:35:50)
2011: Josh Wise (1:12:14), Abby Broughton (1:28:58)
2010*: Patryk Gierjatowicz (1:18:18), Jamie Falcon (1:32:19) *new course that utilized singletrack on bottom section near Apres Vous chairlift, instead of traditional service road at base area (due to on mountain construction).
2008: Race not held; new tram construction
2007: Race not held; new tram construction
2006: Larry Helfant (1:06:27), Laurie Harris (1:27:16)
2005: Rob Macal (1:06:44), Hailey Harren (1:24:29)
2004: Rob Macal (1:06:28), Laurie Harris (1:22:42)
2003: Josh Ricardi (1:02:59), Katie Hollbacher (1:16:07)
2002: Scott Creel (1:04:24), Julie Bryan (1:15:05)
2001: Rob Macal (1:02:43), Julie Bryan (1:14:32)
2000: Rob Macal (1:04:52), Maria Berger (1:22:53)
1999: Jeremy Wright (59:33), Julie Bryan (1:20:19)
1998: Tom Borchel (1:01:26), Pam Reed (1:18:33)
1997: Hobie Call (1:01:56), Irene Call (1:32:01)
1996: Tom Borchel (1:00:21), Kim Young (1:24:01)
1995: Tom Borchel (58:49), Leslie Thompson (1:21:04) Old Course Record, 7.2 miles on summit service road
1994: Tom Borchel (1:00:45), Sharon Veghte (1:14:38)
1993: Tom Borchel (1:00:46), Regina Fields (1:19:35)
1992: Tom Borchel (1:01:21), Jo Gathercole (1:19:04)
1991: Rob Weed (1:02:44), Ruth Hall (1:17:20)
1990: Rob Weed (1:03:33), Jo Gathercole (1:15:35)
1989: Rob Weed (1:06:08), Jo Gathercole (1:19:06)
1988: unknown (1:09:00); held Sept. 3, 1988
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