Friends of PAC offers exciting new all night trail relay race – Midnight on the Mesa

PINEDALE, Wyo. — Experience the thrill of running the high desert just outside beautiful Pinedale, Wyoming in Friends of PAC’s Midnight on the Mesa relay race! With a starting altitude of 7285′, you’ll feel as though you are running among the stars during this 12-hour trail running relay.

Beginning at midnight, the first runner for each team will take off under the nearly full moon, complete one lap, and hand off to a teammate. The 4 person teams will continue the exchange rotation, with one runner on the course at a time, until noon Saturday. The goal is to complete as many laps in 12-hours as possible! The 4-mile loop will take participants up 375′ to the top of Mount Airy for a spectacular view of the Wind River Mountains towering over the Pinedale valley and the expansiveness of the Mesa before winding down two-track and single-track trails back to base camp. Whether your goal is one lap each or 4 laps each, this friendly relay race is the perfect launch into summer.

The race starts at midnight Friday evening, June 18,  until noon Saturday, June 19. Each team will determine a running order and stick with it (Runner A, B, C, D, and repeat). Runner A will begin at midnight with a mass start of all 1st runners. Runner B will meet Runner A in the transition tent for the handoff and head out into the night. This rotation will repeat until noon on Saturday. The ultimate goal is to complete, as a team, as many laps as possible… or as many as you want. In the event of an injured runner, one of the other teammates may run in their place. There is a maximum of 40 teams with the prices increasing on May 1.

Registration includes primitive camping, bonfire, free pancake breakfast, Wyoming Stargazing, and a custom glow-in-the-dark Nalgene water bottle! The race is limited to the first 40 teams. Register here.

A huge thank you to this year’s event sponsors:

Platinum sponsor: Ultra Resources, Inc.; Gold sponsor: Union; Silver sponsors: M & M Transfer & Nested West; Bronze sponsors: Rio Verde Engineering, Teletractors, Jorgensen Associates, Jonah Energy, Kate’s Real Food Bars. Additional partners: Pinedale Lions Club, Sublette County Centennial, and Pinedale Travel and Tourism

The event is operated under a special use permit with the Bureau of Land Management. Thank you to the Pinedale Travel and Tourism Commission for their support of this event. Local lodging and visitor information can be found at

Friends of PAC ensures supplemental funding and community engagement for ongoing recreational services and facilities in support of the Pinedale Aquatic Center. The Friends of PAC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We believe that the Pinedale Aquatic Center is critical to the health and sustainability of our small rural community. Annually, the PAC sees over 100,000 visitors that access the quality programming available to youth, adults, and seniors. Friends of PAC organizes fundraising events, develops donor relations, and seeks out grants for PAC. To learn more about Friends of PAC, visit and follow us on Facebook at FriendsofPAC.

For more information about the Pinedale Aquatic Center check out their website.


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