Plenty of winners at Pole Pedal Paddle

JACKSON, WY — It was a perfect spring day at the Pole Pedal Paddle finish line at Astoria Saturday. Athletes finishing the five-leg race were greeted with warm rays of sunshine and cold Melvin beer.

The 44th annual Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle was the last race of Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club’s Triple Crown Series. Racers started at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and completed a downhill ski leg, a running leg, a nordic ski leg, a bike leg and a boating leg down the Snake River, either as a relay or individually.

Sure, a handful of people and teams went faster than everyone else, but there were plenty of winners at Saturday’s race. Team Primate Powder won first place in the “Fun Class” for their loud and proud costumes and general stoke. The Flakes came in second in the Fun Class, and honored the woman for whom the event is now named, Karen Oatey. Oatey died of a brain aneurysm in 2015 while competing in the downhill leg of the PPP, and was on The Flake’s team. Now, her team carries her legacy and spirit, and always wears their costume. The Kachilas won 3rd place in the Fun Class. Each team won [at least] several cases of Melvin beer.

Jackson Hole High School, New York City Sub Shop, and Fitzgerald’s Bike Shop came in 3rd, 2nd, and 1st, respectively, as the fastest teams.

In the individual female division, Crystal Wright came in third, Lexie Dreschel came in second, and Marieke Fitz took home the gold (metaphorically. She actually took home a check). In the individual male division, Brian Burger came in third, Dan Tolson took second, and Scott Lacy came in first. Dreschel and Tolson are also this year’s Triple Crown champions.

Full results will be posted to Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club’s website soon. Stay tuned.

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